Monday, February 18, 2013

Fantasy Funkhouser - Fantasy Baseball Ranks - Overall So Far

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Fantasy Funkhouser will review all things Fantasy Baseball. After all, life is a small sample size.

It is President's Day, and for those who don't have work or are so bored at work they are looking for some kind of entertainment, I decided to put out an updated Overall Rank thus far. After a weekend of several mock drafts I had some epiphanies that drastically shook up my big board. Decisions were made, minds were changed, and unlike last week, when nary a change was made - this week shows the most dramatic change to date.

I'm still holding steady with my Top 10. I like how they line up although I was toying with the idea of dropping Justin Verlander down a bit. 

Two of the biggest moves involved Elvis Andrus and Allen Craig.

Andrus has dropped off the updated board entirely. Ian Desmond has taken his place as my 53rd ranked player and SS-6. I mentioned not giving up on the 24-year-old Andrus just yet, and I still agree you shouldn't, but he has been over drafted many a years. So while the upside is tantalizing, Andrus hasn't put it all together yet, and with a career low in steals and a comp in stat line to Alcides Escobar I just can't take him where he was ranked. He can't even score 100 runs. 

Craig jumps up, swaping spots with B.J. Upton. This is more a kudos to Craig than a damning of the older Upton. Craig can put the bat on the ball, should it's not out of the question could have a comparable year to Adrian Gonzalez at first base (assuming Gonzalez doesn't go back to hitting 40 HR a year). That's just too valuable to pass over. 

A couple other minor notes. Bryce Harper has jumped up into the Top 50 for me. Even with that, I'm still way more moderate on him than most projections (I'd say the standard is an ADP around mid-30's). I realized that with the base I set for him last week, the runs scored are what's going to push him above the likes of Yoenis Cespedes and Billy Butler. And that's if I'm keeping his projections where they are. If he goes off then he is a fringe top 10 player at the end of the year, which gives him way more upside than the aforementioned two players.

I mentioned Adrian Beltre before. He's just too good. Too underrated. Won't steal the bags Adam Jones will, but a safe, safe bet. 

I've also developed a couple more fantasy crushes over the weekend. Will let you know who they are soon enough. 

OVERALL +1

RANK NAME POSITION CHANGE PREVIOUSLY
1 MIGUEL CABRERA 3B
2 RYAN BRAUN OF
3 MIKE TROUT OF
4 JOEY VOTTO 1B
5 ANDREW MCCUTCHEN OF
6 MATT KEMP OF
7 ROBINSON CANO 2B
8 CARLOS GONZALEZ OF
9 ALBERT PUJOLS 1B
10 JUSTIN VERLANDER SP
11 PRINCE FIELDER 1B
12 CLAYTON KERSHAW SP
13 JASON HEYWARD OF
14 GIANCARLO STANTON OF
15 DAVID WRIGHT 3B
16 FELIX HERNANDEZ SP
17 JUSTIN UPTON OF
18 JOSE BAUTISTA OF
19 EVAN LONGORIA 3B
20 STEPHEN STRASBURG SP
21 BUSTER POSEY C/1B
22 ADRIAN BELTRE 3B 26
23 JOSH HAMILTON OF
24 HANLEY RAMIREZ 3B/SS
25 ADAM JONES OF 22
26 DAVID PRICE SP 25
27 MATT CAIN SP
28 STARLIN CASTRO SS
29 IAN KINSLER 2B
30 EDWIN ENCARNACION 1B/DH
31 COLE HAMELS SP
32 TROY TULOWITZKI SS
33 DUSTIN PEDROIA 2B
34 CURTIS GRANDERSON OF
35 JAY BRUCE OF
36 JOSE REYES SS
37 CLIFF LEE SP
38 ADRIAN GONZALEZ 1B/OF
39 MATT HOLLIDAY OF
40 RYAN ZIMMERMAN 3B
41 JACOBY ELLSBURY OF
42 ADAM WAINWRIGHT SP
43 MADISON BUMGARNER SP
44 ZACK GREINKE SP
45 BRYCE HARPER OF 51
46 JERED WEAVER SP
47 BRANDON PHILLIPS 2B
48 ALLEN CRAIG 1B/OF 61
49 YU DARVISH SP
50 YOENIS CESPEDES OF
51 BILLY BUTLER 1B 45
52 BEN ZOBRIST 2B/SS/OF
53 IAN DESMOND SS 83
54 PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT 1B 56
55 GIO GONZALEZ SP
56 PABLO SANDOVAL 3B 54
57 BRETT LAWRIE 3B
58 R.A. DICKEY SP
59 CRAIG KIMBREL RP
60 MAT LATOS SP
61 B.J. UPTON OF 48


The Funkman says: "Unequivocally, in agreement on Andrus."


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