Grounded Polo wrote:Super Manny wrote:Grounded Polo wrote:
Yeah but these guys are basically the same and Weeks was drafted 6 rounds later. Anything above Round 15 for Kendrick in a 12 teamer is overdrafting.
Basically the same...? I actually find them to possess quite different skill sets; never have heard that comparison before.
In terms of potential, maybe, but as to which stats they'll provide the most positive return in, I don't really see it. Weeks has much more immediate potential for runs scored and in the power departments; Kendrick's main attribute right now is his high average (in spite of his low BB-rate). Steals might end up similar, although I'd give the advantage to Weeks there, too. Maybe that's just me, though...
FWIW, Kendrick's median draft position (Mock Draft Central, Couchmanagers, Fantasy Gameday, CBS, ESPN, Yahoo, NFB) is pick 137. In a 12 team snake-draft, that's 11th-12th round territory. I don't feel I overdrafted or reached at all in taking him where I did.
So you think Weeks is clearly better but were willing to draft Kendrick 6 rounds before him?
I mean the same as in toolsy 2B guys who haven't done anything to merit anything but flier status, not as actual players.
Never did I say I thought Weeks is clearly better. No matter how much Rickie may contribute in other areas, with his track record, his batting average has been a detriment to fantasy teams. This is the same reason that Dunn, Burrell, Mark Reynolds, et al are drafted in the deflated positions that they are, or go undrafted altogether; the benefit they may provide in certain categories usually isn't worth the huge hit they'll cause you in average.
In addition, Weeks' MDP is 50+ picks later than Kendrick. Why would I have reached for Rickie at that pick? I hadn't originally planned on drafting both, but when Kendrick was the "best" second baseman available (in terms of rankings and categories needed by my team), I took him. I knew that in doing so, I was picking up an injury-risk, and knew I wanted insurance - Weeks fit the bill quite well.
So, couple a guy who is generally seen as a contributor mainly in BA (Kendrick) with a guy who is more "toolsy" in most other categories (Weeks), play the matchups/hot bats/and for the stats your team needs, and you should be in good shape; just knock on wood that neither catch another case of DL-itis.