He's fallen from his elite days. He used to be a mi first round pick with a 45-125-125 probability. Now he'll likely be around 30-100-100. His BA is what makes him so valuable, but his R, RBI, and HR have fallen a ton form where he used to be at. At #12 he isn't a bad pick but I'd be disappointed if he was my first rounder.
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i am somewhat down on him. homers have been somewhat pedestrian the last few years although i heard he added a few pounds in the offseason. supporting cast is somewhat of a concern. he didnt even reach 100 rbi last year. i hope the guys in front of him are better and preston wilson is back in form so he has some protection (although strange to say it will probably be less than what he had last year in vinny castilla and jeremy burnitz). he has a great batting average but his mediocre power numbers relative to the other top flight 1b's has dropped helton to the bottom of the first round.
He's simply just not getting pitched to as he once was.
Sure, 30 HR's and 100 RBI's may be all he gets but he'll be closer to 120 Runs than 100. And yes his great value is his average. By having him on your roster for 550-600 AB's with an almost guaranteed average of .350, it allows you the luxury of having a few power guys that don't hit for a great average. They usually come pretty cheap.
Helton is definitely still a first rounder.
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ive done 2 live drafts so far and got him on both of my teams. i had pick 11 and pick 10 in those drafts and i wanted him as my 1st rounder but passed because i honeslty thought he would get back to me and he did. i grabbed C.Crawford with my 1st round pick in both of those drafts, i know he is a 2nd rounder but like i said, i thought helton would get back to me before crawford and it worked out.
helton is solid as hell and is a 1st round pick but if u can get him in the 2nd like me thats even better.
I'm in a league that uses OBP so Helton is still a stud...but the linup that he is in is just terrible. Worst in the NL by far. He may not even match his pedestrian homer and rbi numbers from last year in that suck-@ss lineup. He should walk a ton and hit for a nice average. No longer worthy of a first round pick in my opinion. There are easily 15 other guys I'd rather have than Helton (in a mixed league....in NL only, he is probably a first round pick).