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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Player News and Updates for 2/6

Fantasy Baseball Off-Season Update 2/6/14: Wright, Freeman and More

February 6, 2014

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Though it may not seem like it just yet, we’re not too far off from spring training time in the MLB ahead of the 2014 season. That means our thoughts should be turning to fantasy baseball with more frequency, and with that said it’s never too early to start thinking about your potential lineup. Here’s a look at some of the players out there who have been making news recently, as well as some information about their potential fantasy values in this upcoming campaign.

Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves: Freeman has been a hot news story this week, thanks to his recent signing of a monster deal with the Braves. He snagged an eight-year contract extension worth a whopping $135 million. That puts Freeman’s annual salary at $16.875 million, by far the fattest check in the organization’s history.
Is Freeman worth that huge number? And even more importantly, will he perform up to that standard in fantasy? We’d say yes on both counts. The Braves locked him in at a young age (24), so barring an injury setback he should be good for a nice return on the investment.
Fantasy-wise, Freeman is likely a mid-level starter in just about any league. He should go around the 6-9 area among first basemen and should deliver some pretty solid numbers for that position. Freeman will likely be around the 20-25 homer mark with 100-plus RBI.

Fantasy Baseball 2014: Player News and Updates for 2/6

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David Wright, 3B, New York Mets: Don’t expect Wright to burst out of the gates once the season begins. According to Mets manager Terry Collins, he’ll be dialing back Wright’s workload this spring and easing him into action. That idea sounds fine to the Mets’ star corner-man, as he’s said he’s aiming to avoid any nagging injuries in spring training.
Wright was only able to play in 112 games in 2013 thanks to injury, and he never really got a good rhythm down. Hopefully this wise and cautious approach to the early part of the season will pay off in the long run with added health benefits.
Along with Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Beltre, Wright is one of the top three fantasy names at his position. We like him a lot this year (as we did last year), and expect him to deliver solid statistics across the board.

Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore Orioles: We haven’t visited with too many pitchers in this space yet, so let’s go over to Baltimore and check in on Tillman. According to reports, he’s on track to be the Orioles’ opening-day starter, and he’s seemed very happy and honored by the news.
Tillman is coming off a 2013 during which he posted a 16-7 record with a 3.71 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 206.1 innings.
Now, let’s take a closer look at Tillman’s potential fantasy value. We’ve seen him ranked in the 50-to-80 range among pitchers, which puts him at a No. 5 starter or top bench option in mid-sized leagues. We’re a little more optimistic than most, and think he should provide better value than that. Definitely look his way when you get down there in the draft.

Carl Crawford, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: Let’s close things out today by looking at Crawford, who is finally coming into a season healthy. That’s a great sign, but what’s really going to dictate his fantasy value is how the Dodgers end up divvying playing time in the outfield between their four potential candidates.
We see Crawford as a high-30s to low 50s fantasy name among outfielders, and his draft status will hinge on the spring indications the club gives. We’ll visit him again soon and update the situation. Stay tuned.

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