By now, you've probably drafted your team and are eagerly excited the start of the season. With some top pitchers getting lit up, and some players underperforming, don't panic! The season is long and grueling, and you need to be ready for anything.
Here is my list of must have and must have-nots for the 2010 season.
Best of the BestThese are my top 5 players of 2010. They will far exceed their rivals at their position and are deserving of an early first round pick.
- Albert Pujols, 1B
- Hanley Ramirez, SS
- Roy Halladay, SP
- Alex Rodriguez, 3B
- Chase Utley, 2B
Roy Halladay -- going to the National League, and playing for a team that can hit, and win? Wow! Playing for the Jays all these years, the Doc has been hiding and his true form will shine. Look for him to win 20 games by August and be a real fantasy gem this season.
Holy Position, BatmanGuys with multi-positional eligiblity can help your team beyond anything you can imagine. Get an injury, doens't matter...get these guys, they are invaluable!
- Chone Figgins, 2B/3B
- Ben Zobrist, 2B/SS/OF
- Victor Martinez C/1B
- Jose Lopez, 1B/2B/3B
- Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B
Break-out the ChampagneThese are my picks for huge breakout seasons...the guys next year you'll be talking first or second round (ie the Matt Kemps of 2009).
- Nelson Cruz, OF
- Carlos Gonzalez, OF
- Robinson Cano, 2B
- Ryan Zimmerman, OF
- Ricky Nolasco, OF
Ryan Zimmerman equalled Evan Longoria's numbers last season and is finally coming of age to take his spot amongst the elite of third baseman. Next year, people will forget who he plays for and will be in the top 10 overall.
Be afraid, be very afraidDo yourself a favour, don't draft these guys...let someone else find out.
- Chipper Jones, 3B
- Lance Berkman, 1B/OF
- Carlos Zambrano, SP
- Joe Mauer, C
- David Ortiz, 1B
Now I do have Joe Mauer in this list...and it's because you get these eager fantasy guys who love pouncing on the all-star catcher in the first round. His numbers were insane last year...yes...but is he really going to repeat that power stroke? There will be a decline, don't get suckered. Wait a round or two and get Victor Martinez...a full season at Fenway, and he's your #1 catcher!
Revenge is served best coldThese are the guys who others might be afraid of, but you shouldn't! Rank them higher before it's too late!
- David Wright, 3B
- Jimmy Rollins, SS
- John Lackey, SP
- Grady Sizemore, OF
- Manny Ramirez, OF
Finally, my fearless predictions for 2010. Take these to the bank!
American League Winners - NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox (WC)
National League Winners - Philadelphia, St. Louis, LA Dodgers, Colorado Rockies (WC)
World Series - Philadelphia over NY Yankees
MVP - Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols
CY Young - Felix Hernandez, Roy Halladay
Rookie - Neftali Felix, Jason Heyward
HR King - Nelson Cruz, Prince Fielder
RBI King - Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Howard
SB King - Jacoby Ellisbury, Nyjer Morgan
Batting Title - Ichiro Suzuki, Pablo Sanodval
Wins - CC Sabathia, Roy Halladay
ERA Title - Felix Hernandez, Roy Halladay
Strikouts - Felix Hernandez, Tim Lincecum
Manager - Ron Washington, Bruce Bochy
Comeback - Grady Sizemore, Jose Reyes