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Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Team Preview - St. Louis Cardinals

Jason's Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Team Preview - St. Louis Cardinals

March 13, 2014

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Team Previews - St. Louis Cardinals

Can't Miss Picks: There are very few players in the big leagues that have been as consistent as Matt Holliday. Holliday puts up excellent numbers year in and year out, and 2014 should be no different. To make things even better for fantasy owners this year, Holliday can be had at a discount as he is being drafted outside the top 20 outfielders so far this spring. Fantasy owners can count on a .300+ batting average, 25+ Homers, 90+ runs, and 100+ RBI. It does not get much better than that for fantasy teams, and the fact that Holliday is going in the 5th or 6th round makes him an incredible draft day bargain as well. 

Sleepers and Value Picks: Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha are two pitchers that took the baseball world by storm last year, and now they are poised to take the fantasy world by storm. Miller had an incredible rookie season going 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA, and Wacha was arguably the best pitcher in the postseason last year. Both Miller and Wacha are currently being drafted outside the top 100 picks in fantasy drafts, and that means they represent great value on draft day.

Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Team Preview - St. Louis Cardinals

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Breakouts: The Cardinals have become the iconic image for a team that does not rebuild, and instead they simply reload. The Cardinals are going to be giving two players starting jobs this year and both of them have massive breakout potential. Matt Adams is set the be the Cardinals new first baseman and he has the potential to lead the NL in home runs. Adams hit a homerun in every 17.4 at bats in the minors with a .318 batting average, those numbers carried over to last season with the Cardinals where Adams still hit a homerun in every 17.4 at bats to go along with a .284 batting average. There seems to be some concern about Adams getting adequate playing time this year, but his bat is too big for him to remain on the bench. Adams is poised to have a breakout year hitting in the middle of a stacked St. Louis lineup. Trevor Rosenthal on the other hand has already shown glimpses of his ability to shut down a game, and now he will enter the year as the Cardinals full time closer. Rosenthal took over the closers role for the Cardinals postseason run where he produced 4 saves without allowing a run in 11.2 extremely high pressure innings. Rosenthal is being drafted after the game's elite closers, but he has the talent to finish as the top closer in baseball this year.

Busts: In what could be a very unrealistic statement, it has to be said that there does not appear to be any fantasy bust candidates on the Cardinals roster this year. Matt Carpentar is due some regression, but he should still produce quality numbers for a 5th round pick. Allen Craig suffered a power outage last year, but he too should still live up to his 5th round draft value. Unless an injury takes out one of the Cardinals players for an extended period of time, it is hard to argue any of their studs will have a disappointing season.

Bounce Back Candidates: Jhonny Peralta is the prime candidate in St. Louis to have a bounce back year after his long 50 game suspension from last season. It is even being speculated that Peralta could hit 2nd in the Cardinal lineup, and that would not only put him in a prime spot to bounce back, but it would also make him a very undervalued fantasy shortstop. Peralta is not being drafted in most leagues, but any player hitting 2nd in a potent Cardinal lineup should be owned in all fantasy leagues.

 

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