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DOs And DONTs: Toronto Blue Jays

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DOs And DONTs: Toronto Blue Jays

Posted on 22 February 2012 by Gary Marchese

The Toronto Blue Jays have a pretty good young team.  The problem for them is that they play in the American League East.  They have to compete with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.  It isn’t easy being the Blue Jays.  The Jays were an 81 win team and can be even better.  I am going to take a look at their 40-man roster here as it pertains to fantasy baseball.

Do take Ricky Romero as one of your top pitchers.  I love what this guy brings to the table.  He is a good young, lefty pitcher.  There is a  lot to like about him. He was 15-11 with a 2.92 ERA, 178 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP.

Don’t go looking for a catcher from the Blue Jays.  Jeff Mathis is not a hitter at all and J.P. Arencebia is not bad at least power wise but he doesn’t hit for average at all.  He hit .219 with a .282 on base percentage last year which is horrible.  He did have 23 homeruns and 78 RBI though.  If you are looking for power then you make a chance but otherwise look elsewhere for your main catcher.

Jose Bautista should be at the top of any fantasy list.  There was a though that two years ago was a fluke.  It wasn’t as he backed it up last year, Do put him on top of your list as he may just be one of those classic late bloomers.  Bautista last year hit .302 with 43 homeruns and 103 RBI.  He had 54 homers and 124 RBI in 2010.

Don’t bank on Travis Snider.  He was a name that has been talked about for a while with the Jays.  He hasn’t come into his own though at all and he has never played more then 82 games.  I wouldn’t expect much out of him.  His best year was 14 homeruns and 32 RBI.  This isn’t a guy you want to take with so many good outfielders out there.

If you are looking to get some speed on your team then Do take a look at Rajai Davis.  He may not provide much else, he has no power and doesn’t drive in many runs.  He can steal a whole lot of bases though.  He stole 34 bags last year.  He stole 50 and 41 the two previous years.  He did only hit .238 last year but is a career .273 hitter.  In 2009 he hit .305 and 284 in 2010.  He might not be a bad pickup as a bench player or a extra outfielder.

Adam Lind had a lot of promise.  He still has some but he has never fulfilled it.  Lind is still a young player but with first base being a premium position and many options I would stay away from him.  Lind does have some power but he is coming off of two pretty bad years.  2011 was better then 2010 but not that much better.

Do take a good look at Yunel Escobar as your shortstop.  He is a very good player that has had one bad year in his first five years.  He is a .289 career hitter who has hit 290 or better three times and hit 288 once.  His bad year was .256 which brings his numbers down.  He does have some power hitting 10+ homeruns in three different years.  He can steal a base but hasn’t done it too often in his career.  His on base percentage is pretty good, a career .366.  He is a young player who I think could be even better.

Edwin Encarnacion as a third baseman.  He does have some power but he doesn’t drive in a great number of runs and his average isn’t great.  Last year may have been his best overall year and he hit .272 with 17 homeruns and 55 RBI.  He has hit 26 and 21 homeruns before but with a lower average.  His on base percentage isn’t great and with the amount of homeruns he hits he should drive in more runs.  There are a lot of good third baseman out there and I would look elsewhere first.

Do take Brett Lawrie as an up and coming third baseman.  He is a big prospect, he did play 43 games with the Jays last year and had 150 at bats.  He will probably be the starting third baseman this year.  He hit 293 with nine homeruns and 25 RBI.  He would be especially good in a keeper league.  He had a .373 on base percentage and also stole seven out of eight bases.  He is a guy who can do a lot and should be good for a long time.

Colby Rasmus isn’t a bad player but I would say don’t take him for center field.  He was a big prospect in St. Louis and didn’t live up to it.  He does have power and will hit you some homeruns but his career average is .251.  He can steal some bases but not enough to make up for his low average or not enough run production.  His on base percentage is low also at a career .322.

Do take a look at Brett Cecil if you need a pitcher or Kyle Drabeck.  They are young pitchers, Drabeck is a big time prospect and Cecil isn’t a bad pitcher.  Drabeck finished the season with the Jays last year and will have a chance to make the team this season.  If he doesn’t though he is a good guy for a keeper league.  Cecil doesn’t have great overall numbers but they aren’t bad for a back of the rotation starter type.  He also pitches in the American League East which isn’t easy.  Cecil was 4-11 last year with a 4.73 ERA.  In 2010 he was 15-7 with a 4.22 ERA though.  He is a guy who doesn’t strike out a lot but doesn’t walk a lot either.  He is a pitcher who pitches to contact.  He didn’t have a good year last year but I would expect him to bounce back in 2012.

If there is anyone you feel I missed or you agree or disagree with me please let me know.  If you are on twitter I can be followed at @gmarchesej.  If you want to comment under this article please do so, the only thing I ask is to keep it civil.  Please enjoy the other Dos and Donts articles that I and my colleagues have been working hard on.  We are trying to get you all 30 teams before the fantasy drafts and I think we are doing a good job so take a look at all our articles.  Thanks for reading as always.

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DOs And DONTs: Chicago Cubs

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DOs And DONTs: Chicago Cubs

Posted on 11 February 2012 by Mark Sherrard

The Chicago Cubs are in the midst of rebuilding their roster this year, but that does not mean you should overlook them when it comes to building your fantasy team.

Here is a look at the Do’s and Don’ts regarding the Cubs roster and their fantasy impact:

DO draft Starlin Castro.  He is the Cubs star and a fantasy star in the making.  He is still young and has yet to reach his full potential, so I wouldn’t go overboard and take him in the first round. But those of you in keeper leagues need to jump on his bandwagon before his price skyrockets.

DON’T expect a lot of wins from the Cubs pitchers.  Let’s face it, this team is not going to be very good.   They finished 71-91 last year with Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster leading the team with 10 wins apiece.  Do not expect more than 10 wins from any of the Cubs starters.

DO take a chance on Bryan LaHair in the end game or late rounds.  He hit .331/.405/.664 with 38 homeruns in just 456 at bats at AAA Iowa in 2011.  Yes, at 28, he is old, but there have been other late bloomers, such as Casey McGehee and Ryan Ludwick.  After holding his own in 59 at bats with the Cubs late last season, he will be given a chance to prove he belongs.  But, at the same time…

DON’T forget about Anthony Rizzo.  He is the Cubs future at first base and could get a mid-season callup if LaHair does not hit the ground running.  Rizzo struggled in 128 at bats with the Padres last season, hitting only .141/.281/.242.  But he is a career .296/.366/.514 hitter in the minors.

DO look at Tony Campana as a source of cheap speed.  He stole 24 bases in 143 at bats last year and will be used as a 4th or 5th outfielder for the Cubs.  He also showed the ability to hit for average in the minors, posting a career line of .303/.359/.353 .  Just do not expect any power from him.

DON’T be fooled by Darwin Barney.  After hitting .306/.334/.374 in the first half last year, he struggled in the second half, hitting only .238/.286/.328.  There are rumors that the Cubs consider him a utility player and recent addition, Adrian Cardenas, could compete with Barney for the starting second base job this spring.

DO draft Brett Jackson for your reserve or bench.  The Cubs top prospect has 20/20 potential and although he will start at AAA this year, he could get the call should Marlon Byrd or Alfonso Soriano be traded.  His strikeout totals are somewhat concerning, but his ability to draw walks helps to make up for it.

DON’T rely on Carlos Marmol as your main source of saves.  He struggled last year with a 4.01 ERA and has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason.  He could end up as trade bait come July, which means…

DO hedge your bets.  If you draft Marmol, make sure you look at Kerry Wood and/or Jeff Samardzija as a backup plan.  If Marmol is ineffective or traded, one of those two could take his place, with rookie Chris Carpenter as a possible dark horse.

Finally, I DON’T know what to make of Ian Stewart.  Is he the capable of bouncing back after a truly awful 2011 campaign or is he washed up?  The Cubs are hoping that a change of scenery will help him return to form and he might be worth a late round flier.  Just don’t expect much from him and you could be pleasantly surprised.

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