5 Hitters I Couldn’t Avoid Drafting In 2014

Mar 28

5 Hitters I Couldn’t Avoid Drafting In 2014

Sadly my Fantasy Baseball Draft season is over, and after poring over my rosters, I found 5 hitters I couldn’t avoid drafting in 2014. There were actually more than five in many instances, but for the sake of this, I will pick out the five players who made most of my Fantasy Baseball squads this season. When enacting the draft strategy  I used this season, it shouldn’t be surprising to be targeting the same positions in most rounds, which, of course, would lead to often drafting the same players in several different leagues. However, after entering all my post-draft lineups into my personal favorite tool, the good ol’ spreadsheet, I noticed some surprising names and themes. There were a few guys I didn’t have on my radar at all who ended up on many of my teams this year. This is surprising not because I don’t like them, but I typically try to map out my drafts round-by-round and ending up with unplanned players can only mean a few things, good or bad. 1. My draft Strategy unraveled 2. Other owners over-valued or under-valued some of my targets. If you have played in leagues with me before, or read my articles, you likely know I tend to be a “Mover and a Shaker.” This means my lineup at the end of this season could very well be completely different than it is right now. I have no problems dropping established starters for a streaky waiver-wire commodity, or pulling off a blockbuster trade. All of this considered, though, I will likely hold these five players close to my heart in 2014, as they are either knowingly, or sub-consciously some of my favorite players this season. So with that, good luck to all of you in Week 1, and the upcoming Fantasy Baseball season. Stay tuned to davidgonos.com for all your Fantasy Baseball needs the rest of the way. 5 Hitters I couldn’t Avoid Drafting in 2014   5. Xander Bogaerts, SS/3B, Boston This was one of my surprises. I knew his stock was rising this season, and based on his ADP, I didn’t plan on utilizing one of the picks I often use on pitching for him. Yet, after seeing him available well...

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2014 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Mar 22

2014 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Every season the Rankings can be challenging, and this year the 2014 Starting Pitcher Rankings are no different. It is a deep position by default knowing every team has 5 starters, or even more than five with Prospects waiting in the wings. This year is no different, but Major League Baseball and Fantasy Owners alike are losing plenty of pitchers with season-ending, or significant injury which is also having an impact. For many owners, including myself, who drafted as early as February and March may find themselves already looking at Free Agency to fill the voids left by Patrick Corbin, Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, or Jarrod Parker. Thankfully as I said earlier Pitching is a deep position, and although there are plenty of Elite Arms there are also plenty of pitchers who provide consistent production, offer upside, or may have newly received opportunity such as Alex Wood, Tommy Milone, or the Atlanta Braves newest acquisition Ervin Santanna.  If you have been following my Draft Strategy series Fantasy Draft Strategy Part III and more, you will know that I value pitching, but place much more trust in mid to late round pitchers. Rather than risking my earliest draft picks or Auction Budget on Elite pitching I opt for the safe hitters, and load up on young and steady arms. Also utilize my Positional Tiers for more insight on which Pitchers to target and their values in your remaining drafts. So with that, let’s take a look our Rankings   2014 Starting Pitcher Rankings 2014 SP Rankings      Staff Composite Rankings PlayerTeamDavid GonosChris MeyersStaff Composite Clayton KershawLAD111 Yu DarvishTEX222 Adam WainwrightSTL343 Felix HernandezSEA634 Stephen StrasburgWSH465 Jose FernandezMIA856 Max ScherzerDET587 Cliff LeePHI798 Chris SaleCWS979 Madison BumgarnerSF101010 David PriceTB111111 Justin VerlanderDET121312 Zack GreinkeLAD131413 Mat LatosCIN171214 Gio GonzalezWSH141615 Anibal SanchezDET181516 Mike MinorATL161717 Matt CainSF152218 Jordan ZimmermannWSH191819 Homer BaileyCIN212020 Alex CobbTB222121 James ShieldsKC202422 Julio TeheranATL252323 Cole HamelsPHI242524 Hisashi IwakumaSEA311925 Shelby MillerSTL262726 Gerrit ColePIT233227 Masahiro TanakaNYY272928 Matt MooreTB292829 Doug FisterWSH283130 Jered WeaverLAA303031 Francisco LirianoPIT352632 Danny SalazarCLE333433 Hyun-Jin RyuLAD323634 Jeff SamardzijaCHC363335 Sonny GrayOAK383536 Jon LesterBOS393737 Johnny CuetoCIN374338 Clay BuchholzBOS454039 Patrick CorbinARI444140 Justin MastersonCLE464241 Hiroki KurodaNYY404942 Michael WachaSTL346043 A.J. BurnettPHI553944 Lance LynnSTL504445 Matt GarzaMIL514546 Andrew CashnerSD494847 Corey KluberCLE603848 CC SabathiaNYY475249 Chris ArcherTB534750 Anthony CingraniCIN416551 Tyson RossSD426452 C.J. WilsonLAA565353 R.A. DickeyTOR436754 A.J. GriffinOAK525955 Marco EstradaMIL664656 Zack...

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2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings

Mar 22

2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings

When taking a closer look at our 2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings we need to keep a few things in mind. If there is one thing I have learned, especially over the past three seasons is that Closers are valuable in Fantasy Baseball, however they are also the most implosive position in baseball. Closers lose their jobs frequently, or they get traded and become Set-Up men for contending teams. Others attempt to become Starting Pitchers, only to move back to closing (See Aroldis Chapman). As with all things in Fantasy nothing is certain, but if there is one position that is not trustworthy, aside from a few players it is Relief Pitching. Be sure to keep tabs on teams 8th Inning Set-Up guys as they are a few bad outings, an injury, or a trade away from closing themselves. For extra guidance be sure to read the Best Non-Closing Relievers article, and stay ahead of the game on future potential closers, and other valuable relievers. Be sure you don’t over-value relievers on draft day, while also utilizing their importance.It sounds difficult and risky, because it is. Knowing that you can stay competitive in saves is great, but also realize that at any moment you could be with two “Former Closers”. I personally wait on them, but every owner should follow their draft strategies and hope for the best. We hope these help, and be sure to check out all of our rankings below as well as Draft Strategy, and Mock-Draft Results. Good luck this Fantasy Season! 2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings 2014 RP Rankings      PlayerTeamDavid GonosChris MeyersStaff Composite Craig KimbrelATL111 Aroldis ChapmanCIN232 Kenley JansenLAD323 Trevor RosenthalSTL544 Greg HollandKC455 Joe NathanDET766 Koji UeharaBOS687 Glen PerkinsMIN878 Sergio RomoSF999 David RobertsonNYY101010 Jonathan PapelbonPHI131411 Grant BalfourTB141312 Jim JohnsonOAK191213 Rafael SorianoWSH151614 Addison ReedARI171515 Steve CishekMIA182016 John AxfordCLE281117 Huston StreetSD221718 Ernesto FrieriLAA211819 Casey JanssenTOR251920 Jason GrilliPIT113521 Tyson RossSD123422 Jim HendersonMIL262223 Fernando RodneySEA242424 Bobby ParnellNYM272325 Alex WoodATL164126 Nate JonesCWS292827 Neftali FelizTEX312728 Drew SmylyDET204029 Jose VerasCHC342630 Tommy HunterBAL303031 Danny FarquharSEA362932 Joakim SoriaTEX333233 LaTroy HawkinsCOL353134 Rex BrothersCOL323735 Mark MelanconPIT373936 Cody...

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2014 Third Base Rankings

Mar 21

2014 Third Base Rankings

You must be drafting this weekend if you are looking at our 2014 Third Base Rankings just now. Although Draft season is nearly over, it happens to be what is oft-referred to as “Draft Weekend. This means many owners are cramming for their only, or final drafts of the season now. Third base is what I consider to be a scarce position. Once you get past the top 2 Tiers of Third Baggers there is a significant drop-off. Plenty of young players with upside, but plenty of question marks along with that upside. Let our rankings help you make a decision easier. If you’ve been reading my Draft Strategy Series you know I am targeting Third Base and Shortstop very early in drafts. If I were you, I would do the same. If you miss out, sit back and snag one of the young fellas and hope for the best. 2014 Third Baseman Rankings The rankings for our other positions are posted at the bottom of the page. These Rankings will be updated frequently on Fantasy Pros, so be sure to look for the latest rankings there as well. 2014 3B Rankings      PlayerTeamDavid GonosChris MeyersStaff Composite Miguel CabreraDET111 Adrian BeltreTEX232 Evan LongoriaTB343 David WrightNYM454 Ryan ZimmermanWSH575 Matt CarpenterSTL686 Josh DonaldsonOAK7107 Pedro AlvarezPIT8118 Manny MachadoBAL1199 Kyle SeagerSEA101510 Xander BogaertsBOS151311 Aramis RamirezMIL141412 Nolan ArenadoCOL171213 Martin PradoARI92114 Pablo SandovalSF121915 Chase HeadleySD161616 Brett LawrieTOR132317 Will MiddlebrooksBOS181818 Todd FrazierCIN192219 Mike MoustakasKC202420 Chris JohnsonATL213121 David FreeseLAA222622 Matt DominguezHOU232523 Trevor PlouffeMIN242824 Cody AschePHI252725 Mark ReynoldsFA263426 Matt DavidsonCWS273027 Juan FranciscoMIL283328 Lonnie ChisenhallCLE293229 For ours, as well as other Industry Expert rankings be sure to check out FantasyPros.com Consensus rankings, or make a cheat-sheet while your there. 2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings powered by FantasyPros   Stars: Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria, David Wright, Edwin Encarnacion, Adrian Beltre: These are all players you can trust, and will provide very consistent stats while flashing power, and high batting average. After these big five, you may be hurting to match production The Next Wave: Manny Machado, Mike Moustakas, Xander Bogaerts, Nolan Arenado, Nick Castellanos: These guys all have shown promise at some point in their brief careers. Although I am hoping I don’t need to rely on them, if I have to I wouldn’t...

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Positional Tiers

Mar 21

2014 Fantasy Baseball Positional Tiers

When it comes to Fantasy Baseball Positional Tiers, I consider myself a champion of utilizing them. One thing is for certain when it comes to talking Fantasy Sports — I am usually saying things like “He’s a Tier-2 kinda player, with Tier-1 potential” or “That guy isn’t even worth a flyer, I didn’t even put him in a tier.” Tiers are very important, and if I am not prepping for a draft, or if I’m drafting without them, I am at a loss. Aside from ADP and rankings, tiers are my No. 1 tool. They level the positions into groups and values. Deep positions will still be deep, they simply have more players in select tiers, such as Starting Pitchers, or Outfielders. If you haven’t used tiers before, they are pretty easy to use, and even make yourselves if you opt to do that. If not I am providing my tiers below. Anyhow, players at each position are split into tiers of value and, most importantly, potential. The idea being in the early rounds of the draft, the top tier (Elite/Near Elite) players typically go first. If it comes to deciding between two positions, you should weigh the positional scarcity of the position, and then the tiers the remaining players are in. One example is if you have David Wright (a Tier-1 3B) or Joey Votto (a Tier-2 1B) available in the second round at pick No. 22. Now you know which way you should go. Considering positional scarcity, this makes the case for Wright even stronger. If it is a points game, Votto is far more valuable and likely won’t be at pick No. 22. Be sure to check out my Draft Strategy series, as well, and look for even more guidance for your upcoming drafts. Strategy, Tiers and Rankings will only ensure you are ready to dominate your draft. If you’d like to get caught up before your drafts this weekend Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy. So without further ado, here are my tier rankings! 2014 Fantasy Baseball Positional Tiers Hitters: TierFirst BaseSecond BaseThird BaseShortstop 1- EliteMiguel Cabrera; Paul Goldschmidt; Chris Davis, Prince FielderRobinson Cano; Jason KipnisMiguel CabreraHanley Ramirez; Troy Tulowitzki 2- Near EliteEdwin Encarnacion, Joey Votto, Freddie...

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The Best Non-Closing Relievers: Top 137

Mar 20

The Best Non-Closing Relievers: Top 137

When I graduated high school, I went to Regis University in Denver, CO, for one year, because I thought I wanted to play baseball. After two weeks I not only knew that I did not want to play baseball, but that the title of “University” was a misnomer for what Regis really is: 13th grade. Don’t get me wrong, it may have been an ideal situation for some, but for me the lack of beautiful platinum blondes and recreational indulgences spelled out URGENT. My relocation to the University of Colorado at Boulder met all of the requisite needs that I had for an institute of higher learning, but my transition from Regis to CU enforces an important idea: context. If you took a girl of average appearance from the University of Colorado, G.O.A.P. mind you, and placed her next to the most attractive girl at Regis, most would mistake the girl from Regis for a soccer mom that has given birth to three children and whose last priority, right below procurement of coupons for oven degreaser, is her appearance. The girl from the CU did not change at all to have her value increased. She was just placed into a different context. The same can be true for elite relievers that are not closers in Fantasy Baseball. Unless relievers are placed in a certain context—used as the pitcher that throws the last inning of each game—they maintain significantly less value. Over the long run, a reliever will pitch the same whether or not it’s the seventh inning or the ninth. Like I’ve said before, I assume that because you’ve found this article on some far off corner of the Internet, and as a result have a more developed knowledge of baseball than people that consume baseball through ESPN, you’ll know the previous statement to be true. And because this statement is true, I thought we would look at the best non-closing relievers, as projected by the 2014 Steamer forecasts. The deeper the league, the more important these pitchers become. Because as the season goes on, closers will lose their jobs, get injured, or a combination of the two, and be replaced by the players on this list. There are some...

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Gonos 30-For-30 League Draft Recap

Mar 20

Gonos 30-For-30 League Draft Recap

After receiving some great responses from the 30-For-30 series at davidgonos.com from readers, and writers alike it was decided to form the Gonos 30-for-30 league. It would be be filled with 12 contributors to the series, including myself representing the site. It is a Rotisserie League which is 5×5 with standard scoring (Average, HR, RBI, Runs, Stolen Bases, ERA, K’s, WHIP, W, Saves). Thanks to CBS Fantasy Sports for hosting the site, and leading to a smooth draft. Be sure to look in to cbssports.com for all your Fantasy Sports needs. Invites were sent out out, and the speed of replies, and excitement to be a part of this was astounding. I have been in several different leagues over the years, and it seems to be the leagues that haven’t changed which take the longest to fill. Nagging emails are sent, fees are never paid on-time, or whatever the issue may be. This was vastly different. I sent an email to the 20-plus contributors who may have been interested and received “YES” responses from 10 owners in 15 minutes! Unbelievable. The league filled overwhelmingly, and what resulted was a great draft, a league filled with talented Fantasy Contributors, knowledgeable owners, and an inaugural league that should provide fodder, trash-talk on Twitter, and most importantly a tool our readers can utilize as well. Let’s start with the help and incorporate this in to the draft strategy serie. I know most of you have already drafted, or done several mock drafts already as well, but maybe not paid attention to other owners picks as much, or thought a certain player went too late, or too early. I like to utilize Mock drafts, but not rely on them. I also, prefer to look at drafts from “REAL” leagues. Leagues where something is on the line. Don’t get me wrong, Mock Drafts are important, and a great tool, but owners admittedly test strategies, take risks, or even muck them up intentionally for reaction.  So, although I will do them and use them, I prefer to look at played out league results for my draft prep. If you want to do a Mock Draft of your own now try  Mock Draft Simulator. In case you haven’t...

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