Sunday, August 14, 2016

2011 F -250 Super Duty Review

The new 2011 Ford F-250 Super-Duty truck is the gem of trucks in the Ford Motor Company’s truck line. From a new engine to a new suspension system, Ford has pulled out all the stops on this truck.

Power

When the 2011 F-250 Super Duty made its debut this year, the engine choices were either a 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 that puts out 385 hp and 405 pound ft of torque or the internally designed and built Power Stroke V-8. It offers 20-percent better fuel economy than the outgoing model. The 6.7-liter turbo diesel puts out 390 horsepower at 2800 rpm and 735 pound-feet of torque at 1600.

Ford also reduced engine weight with the use of a compact graphite iron block, but made the block stronger in the process: CGI is said to have twice the strength of gray iron, typically used in iron blocks. The engine also uses aluminum heads. The engineers designed the engine layout to make it easier to manage noise and vibration.

Options

All new features for the 2011 F-250 Super Duty include ; trailer sway control, trailer brake, hill descent control, tire-pressure monitoring, and a new 4.2-inch LCD screen. Located between the gages, this screen allows you to control what is on the display and tracks things such as fuel economy, oil and transmission temperature, turbo boost, trip time, gallons of fuel used, truck angles when off-road, and you can store information about trailers you tow with the truck. The suspension uses an independent twin I-beam with coil springs in front for the 2WD F-250 and 4WD F-250.

Interior

In the cab, headroom is down about 0.7 inch in front, 0.3-0.6 inch in the second row, legroom is unchanged in front and down slightly in the rear, and hip and shoulder room remain unchanged. In addition to the new screen and updated interior, there’s a new flow through center console with plenty of large storage spaces and a 110-volt inverter. Also available for the cabin is a set of four auxiliary switches to control miscellaneous accessories. So if your in the market for a all around truck, look into the 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Deep Sleeper: Travis Snider of Toronto Blue Jays

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Been a few days since I last did a 2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleeper post (got to capitalize it for extra drama) and today I bring you OF Travis Snider from the Toronto Blue Jays. Snider in my opinion is one to keep track of this season and he has already hinted at what looks to be very attractive ability. A few weeks ago I sat down and asked myself, “Self who has a chance to be this year’s Carlos Gonzalez, i.e. someone who has shown a glimpse of ability and than who all of a sudden busts out.” I already talked about Ryan Raburn and Drew Stubbs who certainly qualify but lets not forget Snider. Without delay lets take a look at what I expect from Snider in 2011 fantasy baseball and why I am so high on the kid.

In looking at Travis Snider, its clear the Blue Jays saw a ton of ability in the kid as they made him the 14th round pick overall in the 2006 MLB draft. The scouting report raved about the natural swing and power that Snider possessed and he immediately began to mash in the minors. After a quick cup of coffee in 2008 where he hit .301 with 2 homers is 73 at-bats, Snider broke camp with the Jays and cracked a home run in the season opener. Injuries and inconsistency soon reared their ugly head though and Snider finished the year hitting only .241 with 9 home runs. It was pretty clear that the Jays rushed Snider too fast as he was only 21 years old at the time and he wouldn’t be the first hot shot kid to struggle at the outset of his career.

With that being said, Snider once again began the season with Toronto in 2010 and again struggled at the outset with earned him a demotion back to the minors in order to get his swing in gear. It appeared the demotion served its purpose as Snider came back up at the end of July and showed the ability that everyone had longed for as he cracked 8 home runs in 182 at-bats. Snider showed good bat control and plate discipline and appeared to be putting things together until a fastball broke his hand which ended his season. All in all Snider finished with 14 home runs while batting .254.

So as we head into the 2011 fantasy baseball season, Travis Snider will turn only 23 years old and he appears primed to showcase the top notch power that is just ready to unleash itself on the league. We all saw how Carlos Gonzalez appeared on the fantasy baseball radar the second half of the 2009 season and Snider did his part there as well. I am not saying he will bust out like Gonzalez did but the power and decent speed (6 steals last season) are already in place. A little more plate discipline and better contact rate and things could get interesting.

All in all I think Travis Snider makes the perfect late round grab in drafts this season as a high upside bat who can easily outproduce his draft spot which is how you win fantasy baseball leagues. A run at 30 home runs with 15 steals is what you get if everything clicks so be sure to jump aboard late when you get the chance to do so.

2011 PROJECTION: .275 BA 77 R 26 HR 88 RBI 9 SB

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2011 Fantasy Baseball: Left Field (LF) Rankings

Get ready for the 2011 Fantasy Baseball season by dominating your draft with my personalized fantasy baseball rankings, stat projections, and player info, all right here for free. Left Field (LF) Rankings are based on a 1-year standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2011 season.

Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.

In these rankings, for a player to qualify at Left Field (LF), they must have played in at least 10 games or started at least 5 games at the Left Field (LF) position during the 2010 season. Each players 2011 fantasy baseball position eligibility and their age to begin the 2011 season is provided after their name.

For additional 2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings and Info check out my blog at Hawk Fantasy Sports

EARLY 2011 RANKINGS – updated February 7, 2011
Player profiles and stat projections coming soon!

Other Positions: C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF SP RP

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Top 50 – Left Field (LF) Rankings 2011

1. Ryan Braun – Mil
2. Carlos Gonzalez – Col

3. Carl Crawford – Bos
4. Josh Hamilton – Tex
5. Matt Holliday – StL

6. Jason Bay – NYM
7. Delmon Young – Min
8. Carlos Lee – Hou
9. Aubrey Huff – SF

10. Adam Lind – Tor

11. Alfonso Soriano – ChC
12. Raul Ibanez – Phi
13. Bobby Abreu – LAA

14. Jason Kubel – Min
15. Denard Span – Min
16. Brett Gardner – NYY

17. Jose Tabata – Pit
18. Logan Morrison – Fla
19. Tyler Colvin – ChC
20. Chris Coghlan – Fla
21. Travis Snider – Tor

22. Rajai Davis – Tor
23. Luke Scott – Bal

24. Alex Gordon – KC
25. Johnny Damon – TB
26. Brennan Boesch – Det
27. Matt LaPorta – Cle

28. Austin Kearns – Cle
29. Jonny Gomes – Cin
30. Juan Pierre – CWS
31. Josh Willingham – Oak

32. Lastings Milledge – Pit
33. Nolan Reimold – Bal
34. Seth Smith – Col
35. Matt Joyce – TB
36. Pat Burrell – SF
37. Conor Jackson – Oak
38. Trevor Crowe – Cle

39. Kyle Blanks – SD
40. Chris Carter – Oak
41. Yonder Alonso – Cin
42. Ben Revere – Min
43. Casper Wells – Det
44. Allen Craig – StL
45. Eric Young – Col

46. Juan Rivera – LAA
47. Melky Cabrera – KC
48. Jack Cust – Sea
49. Fred Lewis – Tor
50. Jay Gibbons – LAD
51. Fernando Martinez – NYM
52. Gerardo Parra – Ari
53. Jeremy Hermida – Cin

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2010 Fantasy Baseball – Left Field (LF) Rankings

To give you an idea of the potential accuracy of my rankings and projections, here is a look back at my Top 20 Left Field (LF) Rankings from last year to begin the 2010 season.

Left Field (LF) Rankings 2010

#1 – Ryan Braun – LF – Milwaukee Brewers (26)
With three consecutive 30 plus homerun seasons to begin his major league career, Braun has firmly established himself as one of the premiere outfielders in all of baseball. At just age 26, and coming off of a career year that included 32 homeruns and 20 stolen bases while racking up a robust .320 batting average during the 2009 season, Braun easily has the potential to tally even better stats in 2010.
2009 Stats: 635 AB, 113 R, 32 HR, 114 RBI, 20 SB, .320 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 105 R, 35 HR, 110 RBI, 20 SB, .310 AVG

#2 – Matt Holliday – LF – St. Louis Cardinals (30)
There is no denying that the Albert Pujols effect really kicked in for Holliday during the second half of the 2009 season last year. Now loaded with a new contract extension with the Cardinals for the 2010 season, Holliday could very easily enjoy a career year in 2010. A return to the 30 homerun and 100 rbi club is well on the way for Holliday entering the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 581 AB, 94 R, 24 HR, 109 RBI, 14 SB, .313 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 110 R, 30 HR, 110 RBI, 10 SB, .300 AVG

#3 – Carl Crawford – LF – Tampa Bay Rays (28)
As one of the premiere stolen base players in all of baseball, Crawford left little doubt during the 2009 season that he is a reliable and trustworthy fantasy baseball outfielder. Tallying a career high 60 stolen bases during the 2009 season, Crawford also demonstrated that he does have some decent power as well by knocking out 15 homeruns.
2009 Stats: 606 AB, 96 R, 15 HR, 68 RBI, 60 SB, .305 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 15 HR, 70 RBI, 50 SB, .300 AVG

#4 – Jason Bay – LF – New York Mets (31)
After enjoying a career year in Boston during the 2009 season, Bay will enter the Mets lineup with much of the same stat expectations that he carried with him while in the Red Sox lineup. Surrounded by a healthy Jose Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Beltran in the Mets lineup, Bay has the potential to once again top 30 homeruns and 110 rbi during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 531 AB, 103 R, 36 HR, 119 RBI, 13 SB, .267 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 30 HR, 110 RBI, 10 SB, .280 AVG

#5 – Adam Lind – LF – Toronto Blue Jays (26)
Entering last season, Lind was considered a top power hitting prospect who hadn’t yet proven his ability to hit at the major league level. However after the smoke cleared at the end of the 2009 season, Lind had amassed an incredible 35 homeruns and 114 rbi while maintaining a .305 batting average. At just age 26, Lind has enough power to become a 40 homerun hitter during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 587 AB, 93 R, 35 HR, 114 RBI, 1 SB, .305 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 38 HR, 115 RBI, 1 SB, .300 AVG

#6 – Carlos Quentin – LF – Chicago White Sox (27)
Following up his huge breakout year in 2008 with a bust season in 2009, Quentin who should be 100% healthy to begin the 2010 season, seems like an ideal candidate for a comeback season this year. On a side note, Quentin who had played LF for the White Sox over the past two seasons, will be looking at making a position switch to RF for the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 351 AB, 47 R, 21 HR, 56 RBI, 3 SB, .236 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 5 SB, .280 AVG

#7 – Adam Dunn – LF/RF/1B – Washington Nationals (30)
As one of the premiere power hitters in all of baseball, Dunn showed no problems of being able to hit homeruns at the spacious ballpark in Washington last season. Offering position eligibility at LF, RF and 1B, Dunn can provide a major boost to any fantasy baseball team looking to tally some power numbers. Another 40 homerun season could be in store for Dunn in 2010.
2009 Stats: 546 AB, 81 R, 38 HR, 105 RBI, 0 SB, .267 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 80 R, 40 HR, 105 RBI, 2 SB, .265 AVG

#8 – Carlos Lee – LF – Houston Astros (34)
As one of the best run producing outfielders in all of baseball, Lee is by far one of the most reliable fantasy baseball outfielders out there entering the 2010 season. 25 homeruns is nearly guaranteed, while Lee’s steady .300 batting average and 100 rbi production can be counted on as well for the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 610 AB, 65 R, 26 HR, 102 RBI, 5 SB, .300 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 65 R, 28 HR, 100 RBI, 3 SB, .300 AVG

#9 – Alfonso Soriano – LF – Chicago Cubs (34)
While injuries have played a major role in Soriano’s struggles over the past two years, there should still be plenty left in the tank for Soriano to bounce back into a 30 homerun hitter during the 2010 season if he can remain healthy for a full season. Soriano should not be drafted early in fantasy baseball leagues, but he is an excellent mid round gamble that offers outstanding big time potential.
2009 Stats: 477 AB, 64 R, 20 HR, 55 RBI, 9 SB, .241 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 30 HR, 90 RBI, 15 SB, .275 AVG

#10 – Manny Ramirez – LF – Los Angeles Dodgers (38)
At age 38, Ramirez is a fairly large risk for fantasy baseball teams entering the 2010 season. However with two young sluggers in Matt Kemp and Andre Either surrounding him in the Dodgers lineup, Ramirez should continue to see plenty of run producing opportunities as well as good pitches to hit during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 352 AB, 62 R, 19 HR, 63 RBI, 0 SB, .290 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 85 R, 28 HR, 100 RBI, 0 SB, .295 AVG

Left Field (LF) Rankings: #11-20

#11 – Raul Ibanez – LF – Philadelphia Phillies (38)
#12 – Bobby Abreu – LF/RF – Los Angeles Angels (36)
#13 – Shin-Soo Choo – LF/RF – Cleveland Indians (27)
#14 – Jason Kubel – LF/RF – Minnesota Twins (28)
#15 – Carlos Gonzalez – LF/CF – Colorado Rockies (24)

#16 – Denard Span – CF/LF/RF – Minnesota Twins (26)
#17 – Juan Rivera – LF/RF – Los Angeles Angels (31)
#18 – Garrett Jones – LF/RF/1B – Pittsburgh Pirates (29)
#19 – Chris Coghlan – LF – Florida Marlins (25)
#20 – Lastings Milledge – LF/CF – Pittsburgh Pirates (25)

For additional Fantasy Baseball Rankings and Info check out my blog at Hawk Fantasy Sports

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2011 Event 42: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship

The 2011 World Series of Poker has its annual world championship of pot-limit omaha on Friday, June 24, 2011. This $10,000 tournament starts at 5 p.m. Pacific time and is scheduled for 3 days.

Pot-limit omaha has steadily grown in popularity in recent years. Although it still lags far behind no-limit hold’em in the world of tournament poker, there is always a good turnout for this yearly event. For example, 346 players signed up in 2010, making a first-place prize of $780,599. Daniel Alaei won that event. This is a higher number than the other $10,000 tournaments at this summer series with the obvious exception of the main event.

The official WSOP site (see link above) has the tournament structure. You may also check out PokerNews for live updates or The Hendon Mob for poker results after the tournament is completed.

Check back here daily for top chip leaders as this $10000 pot-limit omaha championship takes place.

For 2011, 361 players entered this event, slightly more than 2010. After Day 2, they have still not reached the money. The winner will receive $814,436. Here is the Top 10 with 38 left:

1 Ben Lamb
2 Sami Kelopuro
3 Sam Stein
4 Aaron Schaff
5 Justin Schwartz
6 Will Failla
7 Tristan Clemencon
8 Benjamin Kaupp
9 Jared Bleznick
10 Matt Glantz

Ben Lamb held on and won this tournament and his first bracelet.

Resources:

The Hendon Mob Poker Database

PokerNews Live Reporting

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Bust: Tim Hudson SP Atlanta Braves

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For the better part of the last decade plus, the Atlanta Braves’ Tim Hudson has been a mode of solid consistency. After all anyone with a career ERA of 3.46 certainly has done very well for themselves. But in our latest 2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Bust column, I will explain to you why Hudson is likely to yield a negative draft value for this season and what I really think he has in store as far as his numbers are concerned.

It all starts of course with Hudson’s phenomenal 2010 campaign which was even more dominant than what he has shown throughout his career. Hudson wound up posting a 2.83 ERA for the year along with a 1.15 WHIP while winning 17 games. It was quietly one of the best seasons in the game in 2010 and no doubt many will look at those numbers and decide that Hudson deserves to be taken relatively early in drafts as a result. That my friend would be a mistake.

Now lets me set the record straight before I go into why Hudson could be bust material for 2011. The man without a doubt has ability like I noted earlier and he stands a decent chance of putting up a solid ERA and WHIP once again. But no way does he come close to that 2010 ERA or even WHIP for that matter which brings me to negatives that need to be addressed. As I talked about the other day in the ADVANCED STATS post, Hudson benefited from the second HIGHEST negative FIP (fielder independent pitching) stat in all of baseball last season. FIP concentrates on coming up with an ERA based solely on what a pitcher can control such as strikeouts, walks, HBP’s, and home runs. It takes the element of your teams defense out of the equation and so those with a negative FIP/ERA differential had an ERA better than it should have been and those with a positive differential had an ERA worse than it should have been. Well Hudson’s 2010 ERA was a lot better than it should have been as his FIP ERA was 4.09 while his actual ERA was the 2.83. That’s a huge disparity between the two and it tells you that Hudson benefited tremendously from great defense behind him scooping up all the ground balls he generates. These advanced stats have been very accurate over the years in spotting those players who numbers will be corrected and so Hudson could see a big jump in ERA next season.

Now of course you might say that the Braves may very well play great defense again and Hudson will once again put up a great ERA. Well they just brought in arguably the worst defensive second baseman in the game in Dan Uggla while also welcoming back a gimpy Chipper Jones who looked awful at third last season when he played. No way does Hudson get even close to the same type of defense he had last season. And it not like Hudson even has the strikeout repertoire to fight off bad defense as Hudson hasn’t struck out more than 132 batters since 2004. So really Hudson is completely at the mercy of his defense and it could get ugly at times in 2011.

All in all, Tim Hudson is not going to come close to the numbers he put up in 2010 and he almost surely will be drafted higher than he should in 2011 based on last season’s fluky numbers. Having a successful draft is all about avoiding guys who will provide negative draft value and so Hudson is one best left alone.

2011 PROJECTION: 15-10 3.88 ERA 127 K 1.23 WHIP

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2011 Fantasy Baseball: Center Field (CF) Keeper Rankings

Get ready for the 2011 Fantasy Baseball season by dominating your draft with my personalized fantasy baseball rankings, stat projections, and player info, all right here for free. Center Field (CF) Keeper Rankings are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues, over a 3-year time period during the 2011-2013 seasons.

Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.

In these keeper rankings, for a player to qualify at Center Field (CF), they must have played in at least 10 games or started at least 5 games at the Center Field (CF) position during the 2010 season. Keeper rankings are based on the probability that the player will play the Center Field (CF) position during the 2011-2013 seasons. Each players 2011 fantasy baseball position eligibility and their age to begin the 2011 season is provided after their name.

For additional 2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings and Info check out my blog at Hawk Fantasy Sports

EARLY 2011 KEEPER RANKINGS – updated February 6, 2011
Player profiles and stat projections coming soon!

Other Positions: C / 1B / 2B / 3B / SS / OF / LF / CF / RF / SP / RP

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Top 50 – Center Field (CF) Keeper Rankings 2011

1. Carlos Gonzalez – Col (a move to RF long term likely)

2. Andrew McCutchen – Pit
3. Matt Kemp – LAD

4. Josh Hamilton – Tex
5. Alex Rios – CWS

6. Drew Stubbs – Cin

7. Curtis Granderson – NYY

8. Colby Rasmus – StL
9. Adam Jones – Bal

10. Jacoby Ellsbury – Bos
11. BJ Upton – TB
12. Grady Sizemore – Cle
13. Chris Young – Ari

14. Shane Victorino – Phi

15. Austin Jackson – Det
16. Desmond Jennings – TB

17. Jayson Werth – Was (unlikely to play CF much if at all in 2011)

18. Franklin Gutierrez – Sea
19. Denard Span – Min
20. Tyler Colvin – ChC

21. Carlos Beltran – NYM
22. Vernon Wells – LAA (move to LF possible)
23. Torii Hunter – LAA (move to RF possible)

24. Nate McLouth – Atl
25. Brett Gardner – NYY (playing mostly LF)
26. Michael Bourn – Hou

27. Cameron Maybin – SD
28. Dexter Fowler – Col
29. Carlos Gomez – Mil

30. Lorenzo Cain – KC
31. Peter Bourjos – LAA

32. Rajai Davis – Tor
33. Coco Crisp – Oak
34. Nyjer Morgan – Was
35. Julio Borbon – Tex
36. Marlon Byrd – ChC
37. Angel Pagan – NYM

38. Scott Cousins – Fla
39. Ben Revere – Min
40. Fernando Martinez – NYM
41. Jon Jay – StL

42. Andres Torres – SF
43. Cody Ross – SF
44. Trevor Crowe – Cle
45. David DeJesus – Oak

46. Michael Brantley – Cle
47. Chris Heisey – Cin
48. Ryan Spilborghs – Col
49. Mitch Maier – KC
50. Ryan Sweeney – Oak
51. Josh Reddick – Bos
52. Melky Cabrera – KC
53. Roger Bernadia – Was
54. Tony Gwynn – LAD

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2010 Fantasy Baseball – Center Field (CF) Keeper Rankings

To give you an idea of the potential accuracy of my rankings and projections, here is a look back at my Top 20 Center Field (CF) Keeper Rankings from last year to begin the 2010 season.

Center Field (CF) Keeper Rankings 2010

#1 – Matt Kemp – CF/RF – Los Angeles Dodgers (25)
After breaking out with a career year last season, Kemp enters the 2010 season with giant expectations. Offering an outstanding power to speed combination that resulted in 26 homeruns and 34 stolen bases during the 2009 season, Kemp at just age 25, is well on his way to becoming a perennial 25 homerun and 25 stolen base player over the next five years. Anticipating a 30 homerun and 40 stolen base season in 2010 isn’t out of the question.
2009 Stats: 606 AB, 97 R, 26 HR, 101 RBI, 34 SB, .297 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 28 HR, 105 RBI, 35 SB, .295 AVG

#2 – Grady Sizemore – CF – Cleveland Indians (27)
After a horrible start to the 2009 season, Sizemore eventually succumb to injury and was limited to playing in just 106 games last year. Entering the 2010 season, Sizemore is the ideal comeback candidate, as he will be just 27 years old and should easily bounce back to his 25 homerun and 30 stolen base form during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 436 AB, 73 R, 18 HR, 64 RBI, 13 SB, .248 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 25 HR, 80 RBI, 30 SB, .275 AVG

#3 – Curtis Granderson – CF – New York Yankees (29)
While a 30 homerun and 20 stolen base season is hard to top for any outfielder, Granderson as the leadoff hitter for the Yankees could be lethal for fantasy baseball teams in 2010. It seems reasonable to expect a slight drop in homeruns, however an increase to potentially 130 runs scored as well as an increase in batting average to around .285 seems very possible for Granderson during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 631 AB, 91 R, 30 HR, 71 RBI, 20 SB, .249 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 115 R, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 20 SB, .285 AVG

#4 – BJ Upton – CF – Tampa Bay Rays (25)
After posting an outstanding 24 homeruns and 22 stolen bases during the 2007 season, Upton has yet to build upon his offensive potential since then. However on a positive note, Upton’s speed has truly emerged as he has managed to tally 44 and 42 stolen bases over each of the past two seasons. At just age 25, Upton offers plenty of potential to turn the corner and transform into that 25 homerun and 50 stolen base threat during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 560 AB, 79 R, 11 HR, 55 RBI, 42 SB, .241 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 18 HR, 70 RBI, 45 SB, .275 AVG

#5 – Josh Hamilton – CF/RF – Texas Rangers (29)
After a busted season last year, Hamilton at age 29 and entering the prime of his career, offers more than enough potential to rebound into that 30 plus homerun and 100 plus rbi hitter during the 2010 season. And if Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler can form a potent 1-2 punch at the top of the Rangers batting order, Hamilton in the #3 spot will have plenty of opportunities to be successful at the plate in 2010. Combine that with some solid protection in the lineup behind him in the form of Nelson Cruz, and Hamilton looks to be well on his way to having a bounce back year in 2010.
2009 Stats: 336 AB, 43 R, 10 HR, 54 RBI, 8 SB, .268 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 30 HR, 115 RBI, 10 SB, .290 AVG

#6 – Adam Jones – CF – Baltimore Orioles (24)
Beginning the 2009 season playing at an All-Star caliber level, Jones was destined for a breakout year. However as midseason approached, Jones went through a prolonged slump and he eventually missed the entire final month of the season with a sprained left ankle. Now entering the 2010 season, Jones at just age 24, is primed for a breakout year as he has more than enough potential to tally 25 homeruns and 25 stolen bases in 2010.
2009 Stats: 473 AB, 83 R, 19 HR, 70 RBI, 10 SB, .277 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 25 HR, 90 RBI, 20 SB, .285 AVG

#7 – Jacoby Ellsbury – CF – Boston Red Sox (26)
Doing what he does best, Ellsbury was the master thief in the MLB during the 2009 as he led the majors with 70 stolen bases. Entering the 2010 season, a position switch to LF is in the works, so fantasy baseball leagues that use individual outfield positions will want to take note that Ellsbury will offer a bit more position versatility for fantasy teams during the 2010 season. At just age 26, Ellsbury should remain a solid 50 plus stolen base threat over the next five years.
2009 Stats: 624 AB, 94 R, 8 HR, 60 RBI, 70 SB, .301 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 8 HR, 55 RBI, 65 SB, .295 AVG

#8 – Carlos Beltran – CF – New York Mets (33)
After off-season knee surgery in January, Beltran is unlikely to be healthy enough to start the 2010 season in April. At age 33, Beltran should still have enough offensive potential in him to tally 20 homeruns, but with persistent knee ailments, his days of 20 stolen bases is likely over.
2009 Stats: 308 AB, 50 R, 10 HR, 48 RBI, 11 SB, .325 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 80 R, 22 HR, 90 RBI, 10 SB, .280 AVG

#9 – Andrew McCutchen – CF – Pittsburgh Pirates (23)
With an extremely successful rookie season in the majors last year, McCutchen showcased his abilities as well as claiming his role as a cornerstone of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise. Offering an excellent speed to power combination, McCutchen has the potential to be knocking on the door of a 20 homerun and 40 stolen base season in 2010.
2009 Stats: 433 AB, 74 R, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 22 SB, .286 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 18 HR, 60 RBI, 35 SB, .285 AVG

#10 – Shane Victorino – CF – Philadelphia Phillies (29)
Even after a somewhat down year from Victorino in 2009, his place in the potent run scoring Phillies lineup is guaranteed, which means the stats should continue to roll in for Victorino during the 2010 season. Expecting a return to the 30 stolen base plateau is likely for Victorino in 2010.
2009 Stats: 620 AB, 102 R, 10 HR, 62 RBI, 25 SB, .292 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 12 HR, 60 RBI, 30 SB, .295 AVG

#11 – Nate McLouth – CF – Atlanta Braves (28)
#12 – Franklin Gutierrez – CF – Seattle Mariners (27)
#13 – Alex Ríos – CF/RF – Chicago White Sox (29)
#14 – Colby Rasmus – CF/RF – St. Louis Cardinals (23)
#15 – Dexter Fowler – CF – Colorado Rockies (24)

#16 – Denard Span – CF/LF/RF – Minnesota Twins (26)
#17 – Cameron Maybin – CF – Florida Marlins (23)
#18 – Carlos Gómez – CF – Milwaukee Brewers (24)
#19 – Austin Jackson – CF – Detroit Tigers (23)
#20 – Drew Stubbs – CF – Cincinnati Reds (25)

For additional Fantasy Baseball Rankings and Info check out my blog at Hawk Fantasy Sports

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2011 FANTASY BASEBALL FIRST ROUND DRAFT ANALYSIS

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Spring training start this week and fantasy baseball drafts are already underway. With that in mind lets take a look at the latest first round draft analysis and projections based on where and which players should be drafted at each spot in the first round in 12 team setups.

1. Hanley Ramirez: I am sorry you are never going to convince me to take Pujols here over HanRam who headlines the shallowest position in fantasy baseball. I wont change my mind and I think firmly this is the way to go in getting a 25/25 guy at the very least who gets you a nice head start over your league at the SS position.

2. Albert Pujols: I have said this many times and that’s the fact that I have never owned Pujols in any league since he has arrived in the majors. I am not saying I would never draft him but the extreme depth at the position always had me looking elsewhere. Be that as it may Pujols is still the best hitter in the league bar none and wont last more than this spot in all leagues.

3. Miguel Cabrera: I Have moved up Cabrera one spot over Joey Votto based on the fact that Miggy will have more RBI, hit for a better average (due to a regression in BABIP for Votto) and also stand a good chance of cracking 40 bombs this season. He basically is a younger version of Pujols and is unbelievably only 27 despite feeling like he has been around forever. Could win the MVP this season and is the safer pick over Votto.

4. Joey Votto: Here we go with Votto who drops back one spot behind Miggy. As great as Votto was last season, his average was inflated by a high BABIP and don’t count on a repeat of the 16 steals from last season either as opposing catchers will pay more attention to him this season. Still he is a tremendous hitter who will have top notch numbers across the board.

5. Ryan Braun: I love Braun. Always have and always will and I think you are crazy if you draft any OF over him whether its Carl Crawford or Carlos Gonzalez. Braun’s wrist is now 100 percent which held back his pop last season and so a huge campaign is in store for this season.

6. Evan Longoria: I have read a few articles where some have said that Longoria is a bit overrated which I think is hogwash. The guy has one season where his power dipped a bit and now I guess he sucks. Talk about overreacting. Longoria did some good things however in 2010 as he upped his steals and was more patient at the plate. This will all come together in a blockbuster season for Longoria who should get back to the 30 homer mark and pace a shallow third base spot.

7. Carlos Gonzalez: I have been very hard on Gonzalez the last few months but I have always stated that I still think he is a top notch guy. I just don’t think he needs to be compared to last season’s stats which were very fluky in many ways which I wont go over again for the umpteenth time. Scroll down to find the many posts I wrote on this. Be that as it may he still has 25/25 capability which is what you are looking for with this high of a pick.

8. David Wright: Showed last season that 2009 was a fluke and he is still younger than you think. The best stolen base with power guy at third base and is a proven commodity that is also durable. Nothing bad to say here.

9. Carl Crawford: Crawford should hit the 20 homer mark for the first time in his career this season in Boston and the speed is still top notch for at least another season. The tools this kid has are special and he will fill up the stat sheet across the board.

10. Adrian Gonzalez: Talk about a boost in value. Gonzalez going from one of the worst hitters parks in the game to one of the best is going to make his already 35 homer power even better. The fury he will unleash on opposing pitchers could be scary.

11. Robinson Cano: I wouldn’t draft Cano in the first round as I like steals from my middle infielders but I cant argue with the package here. He is a ridiculously good hitter who will pile up the numbers in the other four categories and make it look like a piece of cake.

12. Roy Halladay: This is for those who take a pitcher in round 1 and Halladay is the guy to do it with. Flat out he is the best pitcher in the game who will likely win another Cy Young. There is no second-guessing when deciding at starting pitcher.

There you have it. This is a very exciting time of the year for the fantasy baseball junkies all around and the first round of the draft can easily make or break your season. All of these guys mentioned above are safe or have been relatively safe their entire careers which is why you don’t see any Josh Hamilton’s or Chase Utley’s welcome here. Good luck as always and lets hear some debate.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball: Center Field (CF) Rankings

Get ready for the 2011 Fantasy Baseball season by dominating your draft with my personalized fantasy baseball rankings, stat projections, and player info, all right here for free. Center Field (CF) Rankings are based on a 1-year standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2011 season.

Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.

In these rankings, for a player to qualify at Center Field (CF), they must have played in at least 10 games or started at least 5 games at the Center Field (CF) position during the 2010 season. Each players 2011 fantasy baseball position eligibility and their age to begin the 2011 season is provided after their name.

For additional 2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings and Info check out my blog at Hawk Fantasy Sports

EARLY 2011 RANKINGS – updated February 7, 2011
Player profiles and stat projections coming soon!

Other Positions: C – 1B – 2B – 3B – SS – OF – LF – CF – RF – SP – RP

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Top 50 – Center Field (CF) Rankings 2011

1. Carlos Gonzalez – Col

2. Josh Hamilton – Tex
3. Matt Kemp – LAD

4. Alex Rios – CWS
5. Andrew McCutchen – Pit
6. Drew Stubbs – Cin

7. Jayson Werth – Was

8. Curtis Granderson – NYY
9. Jacoby Ellsbury – Bos

10. BJ Upton – TB
11. Chris Young – Ari

12. Adam Jones – Bal
13. Colby Rasmus – StL

14. Grady Sizemore – Cle
15. Carlos Beltran – NYM
16. Shane Victorino – Phi
17. Vernon Wells – LAA

18. Austin Jackson – Det

19. Torii Hunter – LAA
20. Michael Bourn – Hou
21. Franklin Gutierrez – Sea
22. Denard Span – Min

23. Tyler Colvin – ChC
24. Desmond Jennings – TB

25. Brett Gardner – NYY
26. Nate McLouth – Atl
27. Rajai Davis – Tor

28. Marlon Byrd – ChC
29. Angel Pagan – NYM
30. Coco Crisp – Oak

31. Dexter Fowler – Col
32. Carlos Gomez – Mil
33. Cameron Maybin – SD
34. Lorenzo Cain – KC

35. Peter Bourjos – LAA

36. Nyjer Morgan – Was
37. Cody Ross – SF
38. Julio Borbon – Tex
39. Trevor Crowe – Cle
40. David DeJesus – Oak
41. Andres Torres – SF

42. Scott Cousins – Fla
43. Michael Brantley – Cle
44. Jon Jay – StL
45. Chris Heisey – Cin

46. Ryan Spilborghs – Col
47. Mitch Maier – KC
48. Ryan Sweeney – Oak
49. Melky Cabrera – KC
50. Roger Bernadia – Was
51. Tony Gwynn – LAD

52. Ben Revere – Min
53. Fernando Martinez – NYM
54. Josh Reddick – Bos

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2010 Fantasy Baseball – Centerfield (CF) Rankings

To give you an idea of the potential accuracy of my rankings and projections, here is a look back at my Top 20 Centerfield (CF) Rankings from last year to begin the 2010 season.

Centerfield (CF) Rankings 2010

#1 – Matt Kemp – CF/RF – Los Angeles Dodgers (25)
After breaking out with a career year last season, Kemp enters the 2010 season with giant expectations. Offering an outstanding power to speed combination that resulted in 26 homeruns and 34 stolen bases during the 2009 season, Kemp at just age 25, is well on his way to becoming a perennial 25 homerun and 25 stolen base player over the next five years. Anticipating a 30 homerun and 40 stolen base season in 2010 isn’t out of the question.
2009 Stats: 606 AB, 97 R, 26 HR, 101 RBI, 34 SB, .297 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 28 HR, 105 RBI, 35 SB, .295 AVG

#2 – Grady Sizemore – CF – Cleveland Indians (27)
After a horrible start to the 2009 season, Sizemore eventually succumb to injury and was limited to playing in just 106 games last year. Entering the 2010 season, Sizemore is the ideal comeback candidate, as he will be just 27 years old and should easily bounce back to his 25 homerun and 30 stolen base form during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 436 AB, 73 R, 18 HR, 64 RBI, 13 SB, .248 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 25 HR, 80 RBI, 30 SB, .275 AVG

#3 – Curtis Granderson – CF – New York Yankees (29)
While a 30 homerun and 20 stolen base season is hard to top for any outfielder, Granderson as the leadoff hitter for the Yankees could be lethal for fantasy baseball teams in 2010. It seems reasonable to expect a slight drop in homeruns, however an increase to potentially 130 runs scored as well as an increase in batting average to around .285 seems very possible for Granderson during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 631 AB, 91 R, 30 HR, 71 RBI, 20 SB, .249 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 115 R, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 20 SB, .285 AVG

#4 – Josh Hamilton – CF/RF – Texas Rangers (29)
After a busted season last year, Hamilton at age 29 and entering the prime of his career, offers more than enough potential to rebound into that 30 plus homerun and 100 plus rbi hitter during the 2010 season. And if Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler can form a potent 1-2 punch at the top of the Rangers batting order, Hamilton in the #3 spot will have plenty of opportunities to be successful at the plate in 2010. Combine that with some solid protection in the lineup behind him in the form of Nelson Cruz, and Hamilton looks to be well on his way to having a bounce back year in 2010.
2009 Stats: 336 AB, 43 R, 10 HR, 54 RBI, 8 SB, .268 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 30 HR, 115 RBI, 10 SB, .290 AVG

#5 – BJ Upton – CF – Tampa Bay Rays (25)
After posting an outstanding 24 homeruns and 22 stolen bases during the 2007 season, Upton has yet to build upon his offensive potential since then. However on a positive note, Upton’s speed has truly emerged as he has managed to tally 44 and 42 stolen bases over each of the past two seasons. At just age 25, Upton offers plenty of potential to turn the corner and transform into that 25 homerun and 50 stolen base threat during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 560 AB, 79 R, 11 HR, 55 RBI, 42 SB, .241 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 18 HR, 70 RBI, 45 SB, .275 AVG

#6 – Jacoby Ellsbury – CF – Boston Red Sox (26)
Doing what he does best, Ellsbury was the master thief in the MLB during the 2009 as he led the majors with 70 stolen bases. Entering the 2010 season, a position switch to LF is in the works, so fantasy baseball leagues that use individual outfield positions will want to take note that Ellsbury will offer a bit more position versatility for fantasy teams during the 2010 season. At just age 26, Ellsbury should remain a solid 50 plus stolen base threat over the next five years.
2009 Stats: 624 AB, 94 R, 8 HR, 60 RBI, 70 SB, .301 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 8 HR, 55 RBI, 65 SB, .295 AVG

#7 – Jayson Werth – CF/RF – Philadelphia Phillies (31)
After a career year last season, Werth who now enters the 2010 season on the heels of tallying two consecutive 20 plus homerun and 20 stolen base seasons, is often overshadowed by more popular and well known names. However there is no denying that Werth is a category stat stuffer who can easily contribute to every scoring category for fantasy baseball teams. And as long as Werth remains in that potent run scoring Phillies lineup, he should continue to excel at the plate during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 571 AB, 98 R, 36 HR, 99 RBI, 20 SB, .268 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 20 SB, .275 AVG

#8 – Ben Zobrist – CF/RF/2B/SS – Tampa Bay Rays (29)
Mr. Versatile for the Rays last season, Zobrist saw most of his work at 2B and RF during the 2009 season, however he did manage to play the shortstop position in 13 games and start 6 of those games there last season. While the SS position is not his long term position, the only thing fantasy baseball teams care about entering the 2010 season is Zobrist’s stat production and his position versatility. After starting at least 5 games at four different positions during the 2009 season, including 2B, SS, CF, RF, Zobrist should be eligible at all four of those positions entering the 2010 season for fantasy baseball teams. However with little track record of producing solid and reliable stats, fantasy teams will want to take caution when drafting Zobrist, as he could easily be a major bust in 2010.
2009 Stats: 501 AB, 91 R, 27 HR, 91 RBI, 17 SB, .297 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 25 HR, 90 RBI, 15 SB, .290 AVG

#9 – Carlos Beltran – CF – New York Mets (33)
After off-season knee surgery in January, Beltran is unlikely to be healthy enough to start the 2010 season in April. At age 33, Beltran should still have enough offensive potential in him to tally 20 homeruns, but with persistent knee ailments, his days of 20 stolen bases is likely over.
2009 Stats: 308 AB, 50 R, 10 HR, 48 RBI, 11 SB, .325 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 80 R, 22 HR, 90 RBI, 10 SB, .280 AVG

#10 – Adam Jones – CF – Baltimore Orioles (24)
Beginning the 2009 season playing at an All-Star caliber level, Jones was destined for a breakout year. However as midseason approached, Jones went through a prolonged slump and he eventually missed the entire final month of the season with a sprained left ankle. Now entering the 2010 season, Jones at just age 24, is primed for a breakout year as he has more than enough potential to tally 25 homeruns and 25 stolen bases in 2010.
2009 Stats: 473 AB, 83 R, 19 HR, 70 RBI, 10 SB, .277 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 25 HR, 90 RBI, 20 SB, .285 AVG

Center Field (CF) Rankings: #11-20

#11 – Shane Victorino – CF – Philadelphia Phillies (29)
#12 – Nate McLouth – CF – Atlanta Braves (28)
#13 – Franklin Gutierrez – CF – Seattle Mariners (27)
#14 – Alex Ríos – CF/RF – Chicago White Sox (29)
#15 – Torii Hunter – CF – Los Angeles Angels (34)

#16 – Andrew McCutchen – CF – Pittsburgh Pirates (23)
#17 – Carlos Gonzalez – LF/CF – Colorado Rockies (24)
#18 – Denard Span – LF/CF/RF – Minnesota Twins (26)
#19 – Vernon Wells – CF – Toronto Blue Jays (30)
#20 – Nyjer Morgan – LF/CF – Washington Nationals (29)

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guides Available to Ship

2011 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT GUIDE PURCHASE PAGE ADDED Be sure to check out the 2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Purchase Page where all the guides will be sold until the start of the season. Just click here to access. http://ift.tt/24EUAOE All magazines are sold for cover price of $8.00 plus shipping. I will do combined shipping as always. Just follow the directions.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball: Outfield (OF) Deep Sleepers

2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Outfield (OF) Deep Sleepers. Outfield (OF) Deep Sleepers selections are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2011 season. Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.

Outfield (OF) Deep Sleepers selections are based on players who are flying under the radar to begin the 2011 season. Outfield (OF) Deep Sleeper selections include players who are widely considered to be a backup player behind an incumbent starter, or are a minor league prospect with little or no major league experience entering the 2011 season. Outfield (OF) Deep Sleepers are players to select with your last pick in your fantasy baseball draft to begin the 2011 season, or simply keep an eye to begin the season.

Outfield (OF) Deep Sleepers 2011 – Top 10

Peter Bourjos – LAA
With former starting centerfielders Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells getting up there in age, the 24 year old Bourjos is exactly the type of speedy CF that the Angels need to anchor their defense. Offering plenty of speed to spare, Bourjos has tallied 50, 32 and 37 stolen bases over his last three seasons, including racking up 10 stolen bases in 51 games played with the Angels in 2010. On the downside, Bourjos has shown a susceptibility for plate discipline, so his batting average could lag during the 2011 season. Yet on the upside, Bourjos could be looking at a 30 plus stolen base and 10 homerun season, as he likely settles in at the bottom of the Angels lineup until he can get on base more consistently.
2010 Minor League Stats: 414 AB, 85 R, 13 HR, 52 RBI, 27 SB, .314 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 181 AB, 19 R, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 10 SB, .204 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 70 R, 10 HR, 50 RBI, 30 SB, .270 AVG

Michael Taylor – Oak
After an extremely disappointing 2010 season that resulted in Taylor hitting just 6 homeruns with a .272 batting average over 127 games at Triple-A, the top prospect light is fading quickly on this 25 year old. However given Taylor’s tremendous talent and combination of power and speed, a turnaround in 2011 is absolutely within reach. Add in the fact that the Athletics outfield offers a bunch of midlevel to below average players, and any type of hot start to the 2011 season could easily have Taylor claiming a starting spot in the Athletics outfield at some point during the 2011 season. Offering 20 homerun and 20 stolen base ability, Taylor is one hot streak away from making a significant fantasy baseball impact in 2011.
2010 Minor League Stats: 464 AB, 79 R, 6 HR, 78 RBI, 16 SB, .272 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: no major league experience
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 50 R, 12 HR, 55 RBI, 12 SB, .275 AVG

Scott Cousins – Fla
With the Marlins trading once considered centerfield of the future in Cameron Maybin during the offseason, the starting CF spot in Florida has now been opened and is up for grabs entering the 2011 season. Luckily for the 26 year old Cousins, a very successful late season major league debut to close out the 2010 season, has positioned him as the leading candidate to claim the everyday starting CF job to begin the 2011 season. Offering a little bit of everything as a hitter, Cousins has 10 homerun and 15-20 stolen base ability over the course of a full season.
2010 Minor League Stats: 410 AB, 74 R, 14 HR, 49 RBI, 12 SB, .283 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 37 AB, 2 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB, .297 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 65 R, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 15 SB, .275 AVG

Casper Wells – Det
As a seasoned minor league outfielder, Wells earned himself his first major league call up during the 2010 season, and he definitely did not disappoint. Tallying a superb .333 batting average and .560 slugging percentage to go with his 4 homeruns, 15 rbi and 14 runs scored in just 84 at bats after the all-star game, Wells could easily force his way into a significant amount of playing time with the Tigers during the 2011 season. Offering the ability to play all three outfield positions, Wells and his 20 plus homerun potential should definitely be a welcome addition to the Tigers lineup during the 2011 season.
2010 Minor League Stats: 387 AB, 56 R, 21 HR, 46 RBI, 7 SB, .233 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 93 AB, 14 R, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, .323 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 55 R, 16 HR, 65 RBI, 5 SB, .270 AVG

Chris Carter – Oak
A mixture of LF, 1B, and DH is what Carter has been playing over his minor league career, and likely will play in the majors if given an opportunity during the 2011 season. After making his major league debut in August last season, Carter started in an 0-33 slump but he eventually caught up to speed and easily showcased his power hitting ability and run producing potential. Boasting 30 plus homerun potential, Carter is seemingly in the same mold as fellow slugger Adam Dunn. Much like Dunn, Carter strikes out a lot but he also draws a ton of walks, and when Carter is not strikeout out or drawing a walk, he is either hitting a homerun or a double. All in all, if given just 300 at bats in the majors during the 2011 season, Carter could be pushing 15-20 homeruns, 40-60 rbi, and a slugging percentage above .500.
2010 Minor League Stats: 465 AB, 92 R, 31 HR, 94 RBI, 1 SB, .258 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 70 AB, 8 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB, .186 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 50 R, 18 HR, 55 RBI, 2 SB, .265 AVG

Allen Craig – StL
A developed and proven minor league hitter with excellent homerun hitting ability, Craig is a man without a position in St. Louis. Having spent time playing first base, third base, left field and right field over the past few seasons, Craig is stuck behind Pujols and Holliday at 1B and LF, and with the Cardinals signing Lance Berkman to play RF, that only leaves the 3B spot open for playing time to begin the 2011 season. However given Berkman’s age and health issues over the last two seasons, Craig is not that far away from being given an opportunity to see a great deal of playing time in RF. Add in his versatility, and Craig could become a top utility man for the Cardinals during the 2011 season. Offering 20 plus homerun and .290 plus batting average ability over the course of a full season, Craig is one backup role player that fantasy baseball teams will want to keep a close eye on in 2011.
2010 Minor League Stats: 306 AB, 57 R, 14 HR, 81 RBI, 1 SB, .320 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 114 AB, 12 R, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, .246 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 50 R, 12 HR, 65 RBI, 0 SB, .290 AVG

Yonder Alonso – Cin
The Reds 1st round pick 7th overall in the 2008 draft, Alonso is a natural 1B who has been moved to LF to try and give him his quickest opportunity for playing time in the majors. Stuck behind Joey Votto at 1B, Alonso will either need an injury to Votto or the more likely possibility of Jonny Gomes in LF struggling, to give him any significant playing time in the majors during the 2011 season. However, if either of these two possibilities happen, then Alonso could almost instantly become a top run producer in the Reds everyday lineup.
2010 Minor League Stats: 507 AB, 69 R, 15 HR, 69 RBI, 13 SB, .289 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 29 AB, 2 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB, .207 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 40 R, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 2 SB, .280 AVG

Ben Revere – Min
When you think of the Minnesota Twins offense and how they score runs, you probably think of a scrappy bunch of slap hitters who get on base and can steal bases with ease. Revere is built in this mold to a tee, as he can draw more walks than strikeouts and he can steal a base on any pitcher and catcher. While the Twins outfield is pretty stocked to begin the 2011 season, a speedy and versatile outfielder like Revere is the ideal replacement if an injury were to strike any of the starters. If given the opportunity, Revere could potentially become the Twins leadoff hitter at some point during the 2011 season. All in all, if Revere get playing time, then he is definitely worthy of a roster spot for fantasy baseball teams looking for stolen bases, runs scored, and a solid batting average that could register around .300.
2010 Minor League Stats: 361 AB, 44 R, 1 HR, 23 RBI, 36 SB, .305 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 28 AB, 1 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB, .179 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 55 R, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 25 SB, .290 AVG

Jerry Sands – LAD
After an outstanding 2010 season between Single-A and Double-A, in which Sands tallied 35 homeruns, 93 rbi, 102 runs scored, 18 stolen bases, and a .300 batting average while on his way to being name the Dodgers minor league player of the year, Sands appears to be on the fast track to making an impact at the major league level. While his primary position in 1B, Sands has been playing in the OF and 3B to see if the Dodgers can find a place for him so they can get his potent bat in the lineup. Entering the 2011 season, the Dodgers LF spot appears to be Sands’ quickest way to the majors, however if an injury were to sideline either James Loney or Andre Either, then Sands could find himself playing 1B or RF during the 2011 season. For fantasy baseball purposes, Sands is all about potential if given the opportunity. I would definitely recommend filing this name away and keeping track of it in case of a midseason callup.
2010 Minor League Stats: 502 AB, 102 R, 35 HR, 93 RBI, 18 SB, .300 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: no major league experience
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 30 R, 10 HR, 35 RBI, 2 SB, .275 AVG

Nick Weglarz – Cle
Michael Saunders – Sea
Jordan Schafer – Atl
Chris Heisey – Cin
Josh Reddick – Bos
Fernando Martinez – NYM
Ryan Kalish – Bos
Jon Jay – StL

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2011 FANTASY BASEBALL TEAM PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

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After a one day siesta we get back to the 2011 Fantasy Baseball Team Previews by taking a look at the San Francisco Giants. The defending World Series champions have done a remarkable job developing their own talent as they arguably have the best stock of home grown players in the game led by Buster Posey, Brian Wilson, and every starting pitcher. There is quite a bit of top shelf fantasy baseball talent on this team so lets get to it. As always each fantasy baseball relevant players is rated from 4 stars to 1 star.

4 STAR PLAYERS:

Tim Lincecum: Lincecum once again was a strikeout machine with 231 last season but for the first time in recent memory, he struggled a bit. August was a complete mess as Lincecum compiled a horrid 7.82 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. The Freak saw a sharp increase in walks and his fastball readings were down a few ticks. Many began to question Lincecum’s preparation as its no secret he never ices his arm after games. He quickly put those fears to rest though with a dominant September and playoffs to once again cement his status as a top 4 starter in fantasy baseball. That is a slight step back from last seasons as he was the easy number one choice but this is still a dominant ace for any staff this season.

Matt Cain: I just cant criticize Cain anymore and so I will finally give in and give the guy his due. I have routinely donwgraded Cain the last few seasons as he has continually posted lucky BABIP’s year after year but yet no correction ever seems to come. Cain could be an anomaly in this stat for some reason but beyond advanced metric, Cain has proven to be a top shelf starter, highlighted by his ridiculous run in the postseason. He has sharply curbed his walk rate and he also has one of the lower hit rates in the game. On top of all this, Cain has been very durable so this is as safe an investment as you can make for 2011. The strikeouts wont hit the 200 mark like many thought earlier in his career but Cain still has the goods. Draft him without hesitation.

Brian Wilson: The best closer in the game in my book. Wilson brings high heat and racks up tons of strikeouts as a result. As tough to hit as any pitcher in the game and another 40 saves with good rate stats is a given.

3 STAR PLAYERS:

Buster Posey: Sorry but you got to do it at least two years in a row before you get 4 star status. Be that as it may Posey is the real deal combining a high batting average with better than expected pop. The dual eligibility is nice and the kid already seems very comfortable in all facets of the game. The sky really is the limit here. The power may decline a bit as his home run rate was a little out of whack last season but with the additional at-bats he will get this season, the 18 homers he hit last season are a given.

Jonathan Sanchez: The guy has quite possibly the best stuff on the team and that’s saying a ton as he shares a locker with Lincecum and Cain. The problem of course are the walks which are among the worst in the majors. He more than offsets that with 200-plus K’s but Sanchez also benefited greatly last season from a lucky BABIP and strand rate. Since he still walks the ballpark, Sanchez definitely will see some increase in ERA and WHIP. He is good but don’t overdraft him based on last season’s stats.

Pablo Sandoval: Word is Sandoval has lost almost 40 pounds while reducing his body fat in half. That’s a significant drop in weight and shows how serious Sandoval took the team’s warnings to get in shape or else. The guy is a tremendous hitter who clearly screwed himself last season. He is still very young and deserves another shot at a shallow position. I will buy.

2 STAR PLAYERS:

Aubrey Huff: At least for another season, Huff makes a better than you think bat. He retains dual eligibility at 1B and OF and two of the last three seasons he has hit over 25 home runs. Don’t look for anything crazy but Huff is the kid of boring later than he should be value that always yields a profit.

Madison Bumgarner: Upward and onward with the latest hotshot pitcher to come down the pipe for San Francisco. Like Cain, Bumgarner has ice in his veins as he showed with the gem of a game he tossed during the World Series. Bumgarner doesn’t have the rocket fastball that the other guys the rotation have but he does fool more than enough hitters to post a decent strikeout tally. He also has impeccable control which will lead to a low WHIP.

Andres Torres: Tough to gauge this guy as he didn’t do much of anything until last season when he was 32 years old. No doubt 16 home runs and 26 steals will get the attention of every fantasy baseball player but this line reeks of regression this season. Don’t expect 2010 again.

Miguel Tejada: Yeah he is older than dirt but Tejada still qualifies at shortstop and is coming off a 15 homer season. He also has third base eligibility for what its worth. Great career but the air is leaking everywhere.

Barry Zito: Zito has actually made himself pretty useful the last two season but he is strictly a home start and that’s it. The strikeouts are hit or miss (pardon the pun) but he is nothing but a fifth starter in all fantasy baseball rotations.

1 STAR PLAYERS (better left on waivers):

Freddy Sanchez: Guys that are known more for their batting average than anything else don’t belong on fantasy baseball rosters. Enough said.

Pat Burrell: Pat the Bat did some nice things back in the NL last season so you could ride him out when he gets hot. Still the average is terrible and he is getting older.

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2011 FANTASY BASEBALL TEAM PREVIEW: COLORADO ROCKIES

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Once again the Colorado Rockies are chock full of big time hitting superstars, let by two of the brightest in the game in OF Carlos Gonzalez and SS Troy Tulowitzki. Hitting however is surprisingly no longer the only place to look for fantasy baseball help however as ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has turned into a top ten starter easy while youngsters Jorge De La Rosa and Jhoulys Chain are have untapped potential that could elevate them further. As always I rate each fantasy baseball relevant player from 4 stars to 1. Lets get to it.

4 STAR PLAYERS (Top tier talent and true superstars of the game):

Troy Tulowitzki: What Tulowitzki did in the second half last season is the stuff of legends and he clearly is at the top of the heap at the shallowest position in fantasy baseball along with the Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez. Tulo has now graduated to a first round pick which makes sense due to the position he plays and the fact we could be looking at a monstrous season if he can avoid the slow starts and annual DL stint that cuts into his numbers each season. The sky is the limit here.

Carlos Gonzalez: I dont want to take anything away from what Gonzalez did last season because he has quite possibly the best set of tools in the game. However he received unmatched luck last season to get those numbers as his .380 BABIP was the second highest in the game. A major batting average regression is likely and Gonzalez has to do a much better job on the road (8 home runs) to match last seasons digits. Make him a first round pick for sure but dont do it before Ryan Braun and also dont look for last season’s numbers.

Ubaldo Jimenez: Jimenez was another Rockie who got a nice bit of luck last season but his came mostly in the first half when it looked like he was going to win 30 games. The lucky BABIP he posted in the first half normalized in the second as Jimenez put up a more realistic 3.80 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP. The ERA should settle in the low 3.00 region but the strikeouts will once again top 200 which makes him a top guy in any format.

3 STAR PLAYERS (very good fantasy baseball options who are just under star levels):

Huston Street: If only he can kick the injury bug, Street would be a slam dunk top guy. Unfortunately though we have to take that into consideration when evaluating his fantasy baseball value. If he is on the mound he dominates but the threat of missing a chunk of the season with injury is real.

2 STAR PLAYERS (lower end starters and very good bench options):

Ian Stewart: Stewart seems to have stalled in his development and its starting to look like he wont ever take that next step. He is useless against lefties and he strikes out a ton so the average will always be poor. The power is legit however and a run at 25 home runs is possible if he plays enough. Still he no longer has second base eligibility which cuts into his value.

Jhoulys Chacin: I have a feeling Chacin will get himself into the 3 star category this season as he was very impressive during his rookie season. Chacin struck out a batter an inning and other than one bad month, was better than good during his stay in the majors. High K guys such as this are a must have option in fantasy leagues and Chacin certainly qualifies here. Dont let someone else enjoy the breakout here.

Jorge De La Rosa: I am not as high on De La Rosa as others are and thats due to the ridiculously annoying walk totals he continuously puts up. Yes he can strike out anyone but you have to hold your breath every time he goes out to pitch which is not something I want from my starter. Not for me but I dont begrudge you for going this route.

Jose Lopez: Lopez is intriguing this season as he goes from the worst hitting park in the majors to possibly the best. He had an awful season in 2010 which is tough to explain since he is still young but he has the chance to hit 25 home runs in the thin air of Colorado. A very good late round option at a thin position.

1 STAR PLAYERS (leave them on the waiver wire until they prove otherwise):

Seth Smith: He is basically a platoon guy who goes well when he gets the chance to play but he needs a full-time gig to be fantasy baseball relevant.

Chris Iannetta: He will get another shot to run with the starters role but Iannetta has done nothing but struggle when he is in the lineup. The power is very good but the average is a joke to this point in his career. Keep an eye on him as we are always on the lookout for catcher help but let him prove it first.

Aaron Cook: The guy doesnt strike anyone out and he saw the dreaded BABIP regression last season which inflated his numbers. He is not worth the effort.

Jason Hammel: Hammel actually pitched better at home than on the road and he has some useful games last season but he is not worth a roster spot for now.

Dexter Fowler: He excited a lot of people when he first came up and showed off the wheels but you have to get on base to swipe second base and thats been a problem for Fowler to this point. He strikes out a ton and struggles against righties which is a bad sign. Another guy who needs to do more to show he should be on your roster.

Todd Helton: Its getting close to the end for Helton who was one of the best offensive players in the game during his prime. Could still post a good average but the power is gone and you really would need to be in a bind to turn to him at first base.

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