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Here at Cheap.Seats.Please., its always about looking forward. And there’s little that gets the year moving along quicker than getting ready for your fantasy season. Baseball is the gauntlet of all of fantasy league competition, and once again, our friends at Fanduel.com have returned again with some tips on how to get ahead of the competition…as well as get the most out of your fantasy dollar, with a new chance each week.

 

One of the bigger storylines this winter for the New York Mets will revolve around Daniel Murphy’s status with the team. After putting together a solid fantasy baseball season in 2014, the Mets are in a sticky situation. They love his offense, but his defense is a downfall. Although Dilson Herrera has higher upside in the minor league system, the Mets could see Wilmer Flores as someone who makes Murphy expendable right away.

Flores received minimal playing time in 2014, especially at 2nd base. He finished the season hitting .251/.286/.378 with six home runs and 29 RBI in just 259 at-bats, and the 23-year old seems to still be scratching the surface of his potential. He has quite a bit of power, which is rare for a 2nd baseman. His defense was also an upgrade over Murphy, although the sample size was rather small.

Murphy is the more dependable, pure hitter out of the two, but the New York Mets know that they will have to take a slow downgrade at first if a trade is pulled off. They should be more than satisfied with Flores as the permanent second baseman for now, especially since he is a young, talented guy with upside. If he can give them an upgrade on defense and in power, he will fit in perfectly with New York’s rebuilding plans.

Some fans might not like the fact that New York is planning to trade away yet another All-Star. In fact, he was the Mets’ only All-Star in 2014. With that being said, it is time for the younger guys to show what they are capable of if New York wants to start competing again in the National League East. Flores, with Herrera as a long-term option down the road, should hold down the hole left behind.

 

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By Fanduel.com

 

Here at Cheap.Seats.Please., its always about looking forward. And there’s little that gets the year moving along quicker than getting ready for your fantasy season. Baseball is the gauntlet of all of fantasy league competition, and once again, our friends at Fanduel.com have returned again with some tips on how to get ahead of the competition…as well as get the most out of your fantasy dollar, with a new chance each week.

Just about every fantasy baseball owner out there would agree that the key to a successful draft is to find sleepers and potential breakout stars in the middle of the draft. Anyone can draft perennial All-Stars early on and be competitive if they follow cheat sheets. In fantasy baseball 2014, there will once again be some guys stepping it up and producing great numbers. So how do you identify them? It’s certainly anyone’s guess, but these players listed below will have the opportunity for success.

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Jurickson Profar

A season ago, Profar was considered by some to be a pretty nice sleeper. However, he was stuck juggling a bunch of positions for the Texas Rangers, and his hitting suffered. When the Rangers traded Ian Kinsler away, that opened up the starting 2nd base position for the youngster. Expect him to be much better in fantasy baseball 2014 as he has additional stability to work with. Remember, he will be in just his age 21 season, so it is silly to sour on the talented infielder.

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Taijuan Walker

He has been mentioned in trade rumors this offseason, but the Seattle Mariners are hoping to keep their talented flame thrower. Seattle gave him three starts at the end of the year in 2013, and he was able to give fans a glimpse of the future. Pitching at Safeco Field will definitely help his numbers in fantasy baseball 2014, so he is worth a look even if he doesn’t make the starting rotation out of Spring Training.

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George Springer

The two guys listed above have both appeared at the MLB level, but Springer will likely be making his debut in 2014. Houston was absolutely terrible last season, but they still refrained from giving their talented outfielder the call. He is more than ready though, as he hit .303 with 37 home runs and 45 stolen bases. Some see him as being the next Mike Trout or Yasiel Puig when he is finally let loose at the MLB level. Don’t sleep on him in the late rounds.

 

 

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Via Hannah Miller of FanDuel.com

At the start of each baseball season, optimism usually runs rampant. Just about every club feels like they can make a run to the postseason, and way too many players look like they could be on the verge of a breakout season after one hot week in Florida or Arizona. The harsh reality is that there are always going to be disappointments. While predicting these are just as difficult as predicting stars, here are three players who are showing some warning signs that this could be a poor 2013 season for them individually.

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Hanley Ramirez

The little bit of life Ramirez showed after the trade to the Dodgers seemed like nothing more than a tease for this quickly aging infielder. At one point in his career, Ramirez was a reliable first round pick who had five tools. Now, Ramirez seems out of shape, unable to play third or shortstop with any consistency and striking out more than ever. He will be entering his age 29 season, which isn’t that old, but age and weight issues are slowing him down on the base paths.

It is remarkable that a player who hit .332 in 2007 and .342 in 2009 is now a .250 hitter. While that average should go up a bit this season, he is no longer a guy who should be able to get by on name recognition. Avoid Ramirez in the early rounds to prevent disappointment.

Jered Weaver

Staying in the Los Angeles area, Jered Weaver is a pitcher who might not seem like he is declining, but the warning signs are there. For starters, his velocity on all of his pitches is way down from even a couple of seasons ago.  This in turn has affected his strikeout rate, although his ERA and WHIP appear unaffected.

It is hard to argue with three straight top five AL Cy Young award finishes, but now 30 years old, Weaver’s durability seems to be a bit of a cause for concern. Playing on a solid team like the Angels will help his value by getting him wins, but he seems to currently be going too high in FanDuel.com Fantasy Baseball 2013 mock drafts.

Edwin Encarnacion

After a career year in 2012, Edwin Encarnacion then received word that the Blue Jays would be bringing in other talent to help him out. Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera and others might appear to be helpful, but in order for Encarnacion to use them to his advantage, he must repeat his numbers from a season ago.

Injuries have always held back Encarnacion during his career, but his 2012 numbers of .280, 43 home runs, 110 RBI, 93 runs and 13 steals seem too good to be true. There appears to be no way he can repeat those numbers given his history. Considering that some mock drafts have him as the 10th-15th best fantasy option, that seems like a swing and a miss just waiting to happen for owners.

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I present to you a struggle that many can relate to….the struggle of a fantasy sports season gone bad from the beginning.

I was riding high coming into my fantasy baseball Draft last March. I was coming off a strong run of being in first place nearly the entire season, before a single hit knocked me out of the playoffs (against my father no less). I’d drafted well the year before, made some shrewd moves and put myself in good position to win my second consecutive championship. The loss was okay, I can deal with it.

Back to last year’s draft, I was ready. I’d done my research, was obviously ready up on the happenings around baseball and was sitting in a nice spot in the middle of the first round, with the sixth pick out of 12 teams. I was ramped up and ready to go.

And then I picked the worst team in the history of the game, about the game.

There are a few things that went wrong here that were outside of my control, with regularity: injuries ravished my roster, nearly from the beginning. This happens; it’s the nature of the game. Also, there were some guys that plain didn’t perform up to their expected levels. Once again, the nature of the game. All in all, the season was rough as it gets, and anti-2011. I stuck around the middle of the pack all year, made every deft trade I possibly could with the underachieving roster I had, but nothing gave, and I was bludgeoned out of the playoffs in round 1, with very little fight. It was the worst finish I’ve had, and the longest season of the all.

But in the middle of all-that there was also some pure user error, and while everything is 20/20 in hindsight, there were some plain mistakes I made in evaluating and approaching the draft from the beginning.

And with that, I present to you my tragically flawed shadow of the summer of 2012: the 6-Tool Superstars, whose name will prove ironic as possible.

 

Pick 5—Jose Bautista: The lure was the fact he hit 97 home runs over 2010-11, and was eligible at two positions. He was an on-base machine as well, that led the league in walks and hit .302 the year before. But really, it was a reach on the single homer stat alone, and predictably, he regressed. He still hit 27 long balls, but he stunk it up everywhere else. A late season surge helped him pick UP his average to .241, before two wrist injuries ended his season in August.

The great conflict between me here was between him and Ryan Braun, who I gave into the suspicion about PED performance, although I never believed he was implicated in, as well as the loss of Prince Fielder as his protection. And all Braun did was have the best year of his life. Figures.

Pick 20—Roy Halladay: The greatest tragedy of them all, this was a colossal mistake on every level for me. Firstly, I took a pitcher not named Verlander in the top 24 picks. Secondly, his arm died early on in the year, and I couldn’t even trade out on name value alone. Worst of all, lost potential everyday value from Andrew McCutchen, Adrian Beltre and Mark Teixeira in the name of landing the pitcher formerly known as Doc too.

Pick 29—Giancarlo Stanton: Great pick, best of the draft. He won’t be there this late this time around.

Pick 44—Dan Uggla: Worst pick of the entire draft, and when I looked back at this I spit my coffee up on my screen. It was a pure reach for positional value that would have been bad even if he was good by his own standards. Uggla staying healthy actually hurt me, with his 19 homers and .220 average.

Pick 53—Eric Hosmer: The reach of the draft, where I felt like I’d gotten a steal and justified my passing up of the first and second-tier of first baseman. The sophomore slump hit Hos like a truck, and while he gained some value in the second half, he didn’t top 15 homers or a .240 average.

Hosmer's struggles held the Royals back, but in the Fantasy world, he missed his expectations by miles.

Hosmer’s struggles held the Royals back, but in the Fantasy world, he missed his expectations by miles.

Pick 68—CJ Wilson: He started off a virtuoso in the first few months, and then hit the absolute bottom of the tank by the second. He turned out a 5.54 second half ERA, before exiting the season injured as well.

Pick 77—Shin-Soo Choo: He’s a steadily consistent guy, that’s the type you want to grab here. Finally was healthy (155 games) and gave me 43 doubles and 21 steals (the only runner on the team; another huge draft error).

Pick 92—Joe Mauer: My sleeper pick that made good. He tumbled down the draft boards due to his injury history, but I grabbed him right when the run on catchers was about to take off.  Joe led the American League in on-base percentage, and had first base eligibility too, which was needed mid-Hosmer’s year long tumble down off the year two cliff.

Pick 101—Josh Johnson: Another reach that wasn’t made good on, completely. He started off slow, working through his rehab from shoulder surgery, but I cashed in on him by trading for Brett Lawrie….who also ended up out for most of the August/September. Figures.

Pick 116—Heath Bell: Sigh….moving right along.

After the tenth round, things are usually about finding depth, and this actually treated me well. Landing Derek Jeter in the 11th round and Adam Dunn in the 16th were solid picks that paid off throughout the year. But overall, even this late, solid draft picks just didn’t show up. Cameron Maybin (12th), Jonny Venters (17th), Trevor Cahill (20th) and Justin Masterson (19th) couldn’t match their fantastic 2011 efforts. Andrew Bailey (13th) and Brandon McCarthy (22nd) never got healthy either, and Jesus Montero (15th) or Zack Cozart (23rd) never lived up to their impact rookie billing.

All in all, a frustrating season, but flawed from the start. Three things win Fantasy Baseball: high team on-base percentage pitching depth and speed. They are fringe stats that can be picked up sparingly across the board, but must be had. This team had none of those, and when coupled with a few long-range reaches and an injury sheet that looked like an episode of the Walking Dead, there’s nowhere to go but up soon.

Maybe I’ll skip pre-draft beers this time..

 

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