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The season is underway, baseball is here! And that means most fantasy drafts are over. But for those mid-season leagues or leagues just drafting a little late, Pete and I will highlight some guys we were trying to get in every draft.
If you know me, this won’t come as a surprise. The intensity of my fantasy man-crush is best described as “Funston-esque” for you Yahoo! Fantasy freaks. I grabbed him when he was just a rookie who got the call midway through 2006. His 16 HR, 62 RBI, .291 AVG, .351 OBP just made me pine for the 2007 season to see what he could do with a full season.
I was robbed of him in my 2007 draft, but I managed to steal him from a manager who didn’t care or really know what he was doing (Whatever, it’s a dog eat dog world). I reaped the benefits of my theft, Nick got me 23 HR, 112 RBI, .300 AVG, .362 OBP. So not only did he live up to expectations in 2007, he surpassed them.
As the recently arrested rapper T.I. would say, YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS, he’s got plus power, 100+ RBI potential, all while keeping that average around .300 and he’s gonna steal you some bags.
Fast forward to 2008 and the now Tejada and talent-less Orioles look to Markakis to carry the club. Now there are two camps of thought fantasy managers fall into. One camp bases value of a player on the lineup that surrounds him and the other camp disavows any credence to said notion. I happen to fall into both, I’m just blessed. Yes, the Orioles are most likely the worst team in the Majors this season, but that wouldn’t stop me from trading Hunter Pence for Nick Markakis, which I really did do (Thanks again Dan).
There are certain situations where supporting cast is a must to look at, such as Edgar Renteria vs. Michael Young. I think most would agree Young is the better SS, but hold on a second, the Rangers lineup without Mark Teixeira doesn’t hold a candle to the Tigers. So yeah, I would take the chance on Renteria over Young just because he’s got Magglio Ordóñez and Miguel Cabrera to drive him home. But hey, I’m just that crazy.
The other side of it (and my drawn-out point) is even though the Orioles are awful, it’s a great thing from a fantasy perspective. There is no one else to steal the chances from Markakis. It’s all on him, they’re gonna win because of him or lose because he wasn’t up to it that game. He’s a big enough talent that he won’t drown in the mediocrity. Look at Hanley Ramirez, he flourished in a horrible Marlins club after Red Sox Nation claimed he wasn’t ready for the Bigs when we traded him.
There’s no clear cut theory on fantasy success, you need to pick your battles and moves as the situation presents itself. Just make sure that pick is Nick Markakis, unless I’m in your league because in that case you should let me have him.
Dev’s Forecast: 85 R, .297 AVG, 35 HR, 110 RBI, 25 SB