Fantasy Baseball 2014: Player News and Updates for 2/13
Fantasy Baseball Update 2/13/14: Duda, Santana and More
February 13, 2014
As we continue to creep closer and closer to the MLB season, the fantasy baseball news keeps trickling in, and there’s a lot to keep track of. With that in mind, let’s take a look around the league at some of the noteworthy names out there who are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Lucas Duda, OF, New York Mets: Now’s the time of year when players flaunt the fact that they’re in great shape and ready for the grind of the season. Duda is such a case, who claims to be in the best shape of his life--and has visibly shed a few pounds.
The extra attention to detail on his weight is likely due to the impending battle for the starting 1B position with the Mets. He’ll be locking horns with Ike Davis in spring training in a battle which is apparently “wide open,” according to the coaching staff.
Duda’s obviously a deeper fantasy option if he lands the 1B job, but could come into conversations as a fill-in type player if he gets 1B and OF eligibility. He’ll probably be off most draft boards, but he’s someone to keep in mind if he reappears later.
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Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland Indians: Santana has been working at third base this off-season (in winter league), and has reportedly received some pretty good feedback. If all goes well, the team may try him out at the hot corner during spring training, which could lead to some extra eligibility for him. He'll start out at catcher when the spring games begin, however.
As things stand right now, Santana is a top two or three name among fantasy backstops, behind only Joe Mauer or maybe Buster Posey--depending on who you ask. Obviously, that extra 3B tag would only serve to help his fantasy cause, so potential owners should keep a close watch on what he’s able to do there during the spring.
LaTroy Hawkins, RP, Colorado Rockies: The Rockies picked up Hawkins in the off-season, and it was something of a surprise to just about everyone that they offered him a closer’s job over Rex Brothers. Now we’re hearing that the two will likely end up splitting the ninth-inning duties, with Brothers getting preference when it comes to left-handed hitters.
Due to the shared workload here, owners in mid-to-shallow leagues will want to stay away from the Rockies RP names, but both Hawkins and Brothers will come into play as deeper options. Both guys are probably somewhere ranked in the mid-30s among relievers in fantasy.
Top Five Draft Picks: With many fantasy drafts rapidly approaching, there’s an increased interest in rankings right now. If you get one of those coveted top spots this year, who should you be targeting? Well, let’s take a look at some of the names who could be top-five contenders.
Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera will likely go one-two in just about every league. After that, it’ll more than likely be some combination of Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen and Robinson Cano.
One trend you’re likely to see is owners reaching for Cano early. After he’s gone, the talent level drops off considerably for that position before hitting names like Dustin Pedrioa and Jason Kipnis. If you want Cano, you might have to get him in that No. 3 overall spot.
We’ll revisit things often before the draft season gets going strong, so stay tuned.
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