The best part of any fantasy season is the draft, just ask Fantasy Madman Drew Loftis.
The season is fun, but nothing beats the draft.
Months of study and debate lead to the ultimate moment of camaraderie, with everyone in your league sitting around a table (well, more likely a Zoom conversation) to hear the clock ticking. There are times of frustration, like when you curse a friend for taking a player you had in your queue, and times of joy, like when your friend curses you for taking a player they have taken. Wanted to. Ultimately, it’s a sports fan’s dream.
Most leagues (should) aim to draw as close to the start of the season as possible. While it is fun to write early and often to determine your strategy, writing too early can do more harm than good. Just because you can prepare your squad in January does not mean you should, because you risk ruining your season before it begins.
It may have happened this week.
Last year’s shortened season, Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox beat .296 with 14 home runs, 41 RBIs and a .891 OPS. This is how he followed a rookie season where he hit .267 with 31 home runs, 79 RBI, 69 runs, .828 OPS and finished in fourth place in Rookie of the Year.
Jimenez, who was first ranked as the sixth best outfielder in Roto Rage, will be out for 5-6 months with a torn chest muscle. The White Sox originally described the injury as a shoulder discomfort on Wednesday, but it is obviously much worse than that. There is a chance that the 24-year-old hitter will return in September, but that is not something fancy owners should trust.
So what now?
If you’ve worked out before, try to replace a top 40 pick, a cornerstone of your offense (a player estimated to easily beat their rookie promotion number).
The choice of dropout thread is slim, but worthy options (all available in 70% or more of ESPN leagues) include Victor Reyes, Bryan Reynolds, Nick Senzel, Cristian Pache, Myles Straw, Alex Dickerson, Kiké Hernández, Justin Upton, Manuel Margot or Sam Hilliard.
If you have not written, you can adjust the strategy. Jimenez should be immediately removed from your route projects, outside of the dynasty’s leagues.
Prior to the injury, Jimenez had an average draft position of 36.5, according to Fantasy Alarm. So what are you going to do with this increasingly important choice? You can swing for one of the top 15 starting pitchers, like Brewers’ Brandon Woodruff (39.7), or fill other vacancies with White Sox’s Jose Abreu (36.6), Dodgers Corey Seager (37, 4), Alex Bregman from Astros. (39.4) or Rafael Devers of the Red Sox (41.9).
Do you still want an outdoor player? The next five available for the ADP are Jimenez teammate Luis Robert (37.3), Astros’ Kyle Tucker (38.9), Royals tool Whit Merrifield (40.4), Marcell Ozuna des Braves (42.6) or the Blue Jays. George Springer (47.6).
If those names don’t do it for you, there’s plenty of talent to target a few rounds later, like the Mets’ Michael Conforto (73.5) or Roto Rage’s Nick Castellanos (85.0). Giants Mike Yastrzemski (119.4) is even cheaper. He may not be a Hall of Fame member like his grandfather, but he has the potential for 30 circuits, the opportunity to travel to base (top 20 OBP in 2020), drive and score points while hitting a solid average.
In later rounds, there are solid alternatives such as Cleveland’s Eddie Rosario (123.1), Houston’s still stable Michael Brantley (152.3), Track and Fields Ramon Laureano (154.3) or the Twins’ Max Kepler. (191.1) – which is only an eliminated season. to reach career heights in home runs (36), RBIs (90), laps (98), batting averages (.252) and OPS (.855).
You can hide the Mariners’ hopefuls (sorry, Mets fans), Jarred Kelenic (208.8), or take some pictures of Rangers speedster Leody Taveras (221.3) or regular veteran Diamondbacks David Peralta. (264.8) even later.
Ranking of fantastic baseball fielder
Juan Soto = var Ronald Acuna = Atl Mookie Betts = LAD Mike Trout = LAA Christian Yelich = Mil Cody Bellinger = LAD Bryce Harper = Phi Marcell Ozuna = Atl Luis Robert = CWS George Springer = Tor Aaron Judge = NYY Michael Conforto = NYM Starling Marte = Mia Kyle Tucker = Hou Austin Meadows = VG Trent Grisham = SD Randy Arozarena = VG Nick Castellanos = Cin Lourdes Gurriel Jr. = Tor Brandon Lowe = VG Charlie Blackmon = Ober Teoscar Hernandez = Tor Whit Merrifield = KC Cavan Biggio = Tor Victor Robles = Var Eddie Rosario = Cle Ramon Laureano = Oak Michael Brantley = Hou Wil Myers = SD Tommy Pham = SD Alex Verdugo = Bos Dylan Carlson = StL Byron Buxton = Min Anthony Santander = Bal Jeff McNeil = NYM Trey Mancini = Bal Kyle Lewis = Wed Clint Frazier = NYY Dominic Smith = NYM Jorge Soler = KC Mike Yastrzemski = SF Ian Happ = ChC Kyle Schwarber = Was Tommy Edman = StL AJ Pollock = LAD Max Kepler = Min Nick Solak = Tex Joey Gallo = Tex Austin Hays = Bal Dylan Moore = Sea Ryan Mountcastle = Aaron Hicks Ball = NYY Jesse Winker = Cin JD Davis = NYM Myles Straw = Hou Mark Canha = Oak David Peralta = Ari Brandon Nimmo = NYM Leody Taveras = Tex Victor Reyes = Retail Andrew McCutchen = Phi Randal Grichuk = Tor Andrew Benintendi = KC Nick Senzel = Cin Jarred Kelenic = Sea Mitch Haniger = Sea Joc Pederson = ChC Chris Taylor = LAD Kole Calhoun = Ari Bryan Reynolds = Pit Lor enzo Cain = Mil Hunter Dozier = KC Manuel Margot = TB David Dahl = Tex Raimel Tapia = Col Corey Dickerson = Mia Sam Hilliard = Col Garrett Hampson = Col Willie Calhoun = Tex Alex Kirilloff = Min Gregory Polanco = Pit Avisail Garcia = Mil Josh Naylor = Cle Oscar Mercado = Cle Cristian Pache = Atl Franchy Cordero = Bos Mauricio Dubon = SF Kiké Hernandez = Bos Hunter Renfroe = Bos Adam Eaton = CWS Jurickson Profar = SD Justin Upton = LAA Shogo Akiyama = Cin Roman Quinn = Phi Stephen Piscotty = Oak Adam Duvall = Mia Alex Dickerson = SF Leury Garcia = CWS Edward Olivares = KC Tyler O’Neill = StL JaCoby Jones = It Jackie Bradley Jr. = Mil Nomar Mazara = Det. Robbie Grossman = Retail Miguel Andujar = NYY Adam Frazier = Pit Ender Inciarte = Atl DJ Stewart = Bal Dexter Fowler = LAA Jason Heyward = ChC Kevin Kiermaier = TB Adam Engel = CWS Jake Bauers = C le Cedric Mullins = Bal Jo Adell = LAA Daniel Johnson = Cle Lewis Brinson = Mia Brett Gardner = NYY Kevin Pillar = NYM Austin Slater = SF Marwin Gonzalez = Bos Yoshi Tsutsugo = TB Anthony Alford = Pit Monte Harrison = Mia Niko Goodrum = Det
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