Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fantasy Focus: Free Agent Market Report

First, a post draft update on Savvy Vets.  Our commissioner allows unlimited adds/drops until Opening Day, then we get a total of 40 for the rest of the season.  After the draft, I found Javier Baez undrafted, sitting on the FA list.  Baez has massive upside and may even start the season on the Cubs MLB team.  Even if he doesn't, you don't want to take the chance of being late on the trigger when he does get called up.  This is not a keeper league, but he's that kind of talent!  I figured I could afford to drop one of my 15 SP's and use a bench slot to stash Baez until his status is clarified.  I dropped Tyson Ross and picked up Baez.  Right now, he just has SS eligibility and I already have Ian Desmond at SS, but he will likely pick up either 2B or 3B once he starts playing, and I could use Baez in a IF or Utility slot.  Other than that, I am very happy with my drafted team and will probably not make any more moves before the season starts, barring serious injury to one of my players.

Here is an all-star team of players currently available on the FA list in my league.  We roster a total of 260 players so it is a reasonably deep league despite being only 10 teams:

C   Jason Castro, Astros.  Quietly hit 18 HR's last year.

1B Justin Morneau, Rockies.  Hard to not think of him as a Minnesota Twin but he hit 17 HR's in a very tough ballpark last year.  If he can stay on the field, he could improve that by at least 8-10 HR's in Coors Field.

2B Brian Dozier, Twins.  Quietly hit 18 HR's with 14 SB's last year.

3B Todd Frazier, Reds.  Hit 19 HR's last year and still seems to be slowly improving.

SS  Chris Owings, D'Backs.  It looks like Owings is winning the starting SS gig in Arizona.  He's the better hitter between him and Didi.

OF  Kole Calhoun, Angels.  His minor league record suggests last year's partial season stats are not a mirage.

OF  Khris Davis, Brewers.  Had a great partial season as a rookie last year.  Having a strong spring.

OF  Avisail Garcia, White Sox.  Prime breakout candidate.  Seems like a lock for 15/15 with an outside chance at 20/20.

SP  Ivan Nova, Yankees.  Yankee Stadium and the AL East are brutal for pitchers, but Nova still put up respectable numbers last year and should get plenty of run support.

SP  Brett Oberholtzer, Astros.  Very interesting partial season numbers from last year.  Not much run support in Houston, though.

SP  Henderson Alvarez, Marlins.  Won't get you many K's and won't get much run support in Miami, but give great WHIP.

SP  Michael Pineda, Yankees.  A physical beast, he finally seems to be healthy and is pitching well in spring training.  Again, pitching for the Yankees is a mixed blessing.

SP  Nate Eovaldi, Marlins.  Hard throwing who gets K's.  Gets a wild hair up his nose and becomes hittable when he loses command.  Sleeper/breakout candidate.

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