Today for the 2011 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview I bring you the New York Mets who in my view have some players who are not getting the respect they deserve. Guys such as Jose Reyes, David Wright, and Ike Davis all qualify under that label and I will explain why below. As always players are graded from 4 stars to 1. You know the deal.
4 STAR PLAYERS (Pure Top End Superstars)
David Wright: I have noticed in more than there should be early mocks that Ryan Zimmerman is being selected ahead of David Wright which is just absurd. Wright is still being indicated for his 10 home run washout in 2009 but he returned to his superstar levels last season when he swatted with 19 steals. Going into 2011, Wright should once again fall between 25-30 home runs and the 19 steals last season was lower than usual so a return to the mid-20’s is also a strong possibility. Either way Wright should be the second third baseman taken EVERYTIME without a second thought.
Jose Reyes: Yes I consider Reyes a 4 star player and we are talking about a guy who was a top five pick for two years running before suffering some injuries the last two years. People forget that Reyes averaged over 600 at-bats for three years running before the recent spate of pains and he also is in a contract year which magically seems to make players durable. Either way Reyes is a top 3 option at the shallowest position in fantasy baseball so don’t get cute here.
3 STAR PLAYERS:
Jason Bay: Bay was truly horrendous last season before having his campaign end due to a concussion. He seemed to let the ballpark get in his head and no doubt will be making some adjustments before the season begins. Bay is a professional hitter who should get his game back in gear and the price will be real cheap. Keep in mind how Wright came back strong off a similar season.
Francisco Rodriguez: Despite the fact K-Rod is a real schmuck of a man, the guy had a comeback season in 2010 before finishing out the year hurt/suspended. The Mets have welcomed him back and you know what you get with this player. Still a safe stopper to invest with.
2 STAR PLAYERS:
Ike Davis: It was a very nice debut for Davis during his rookie season as he smacked 19 home runs. Davis has top end power but his strikeout rate was pretty miserable which will keep his average in check. There is great potential here but first base is so deep that Davis is more of a UTIL or CI option.
Mike Pelfrey: I cant stand Pelfrey and have no use for him despite the sub-3.00 ERA two of the last three years. His WHIP is awful and he doesn’t strike out anybody. No thanks.
Jonathan Niese: Niese put up a nice K-rate last season in his rookie campaign and had some nice moments but like all young starters he got hit hard too often. He is on an upward swing and so the talent is there to provide some nice numbers cheap.
R.A. Dickey: Nobody trusts knuckleball pitchers including myself and the pitch is no unpredictable that Dickey can easily get destroyed this season. He threw the pitch with more velocity than most knucklers usually throw it so there is that but again I don’t want to invest any of my time here due to the blowup chance you take.
Carlos Beltran: Beltran is getting up there in age and his speed is fading fast. Still this is a proven fantasy commodity who was a star not too long ago. The price will be really cheap this time around and so Beltran actually makes a decent pick.
Angel Pagan: Pagan took advantage of playing time in place of Beltran last season and hit 11 homers with 37 steals with a .290 average. Its take Pagan awhile to get his feet under him but there is obvious ability here. Still he is nothing more than a lower end fantasy baseball OF.
1 STAR PLAYERS:
Josh Thole: Thole will provide a nice boost with very little pop. He is really only for those leagues that use two catchers.
Chris Young: Young was an All Star pitcher with the Padres a few years back but he has hardly pitched the last two years so he is nothing but a chance pick at this point in his career. We all know he can strike people out and the ballpark is great but you cant count on him for much this season.