Fantasy Top 5 - The Texas Rangers

Jamie Squire

Bet you thought I was going to say Yu? I still have Adrian Beltre as the number 1 fantasy baseball asset on the Rangers. 3b looks more and more scarce. Here’s the first few positional tiers for 3b. You can find all the positional tiers on Rotobanter here.

1) Bet you thought I was going to say Yu? I still have Adrian Beltre as the number 1 fantasy baseball asset on the Rangers. 3b looks more and more scarce. Here’s the first few positional tiers for 3b. You can find all the positional tiers on Rotobanter here.

5x5

Name

Pos

G

PA

AB

Ct%

BB/K

IFFB%

HR/FB%

GB/FB

LD%

BABIP

xBABIP

AVG

HR

SB

R

RBI

$

1

Miguel Cabrera

3b

148

651

542

0.814

1.02

0.059

0.2350

1.12

0.219

0.3417

0.333

0.326

38

2

106

128

44.69

2

Adrian Beltre

3b

148

633

571

0.870

0.72

0.100

0.1375

0.98

0.211

0.3069

0.320

0.302

27

1

83

87

22.34

3

Evan Longoria

3b

145

628

542

0.751

0.57

0.048

0.1760

0.83

0.184

0.3016

0.313

0.271

32

2

80

94

18.71

4

Ryan Zimmerman

3b

147

637

556

0.794

0.64

0.100

0.1675

1.39

0.193

0.3099

0.323

0.279

25

4

83

90

18.22

5

Josh Donaldson

3b

158

672

578

0.814

0.73

0.113

0.1350

1.12

0.223

0.3043

0.325

0.279

23

4

83

91

17.98

6

David Wright

3b

135

581

499

0.805

0.76

0.074

0.1200

1.13

0.215

0.3318

0.325

0.293

18

15

76

74

16.22

7

Kyle Seager

3b

156

679

594

0.809

0.62

0.095

0.1110

0.78

0.218

0.2899

0.313

0.265

23

9

78

76

12.53

8

Pedro Alvarez

3b

150

603

528

0.665

0.38

0.033

0.2600

1.14

0.203

0.2974

0.334

0.246

34

1

67

95

11.68

We should see a slightly aged performance from Adrian, but that still means a .300 BA with 80+r 25+hr and 90ish rbi.

2) Yu Darvish: the 2nd best SIERA (expected ERA which happened to perfectly match his surface ERA (2.83)) in all of baseball last year behind Matt Harvey for those that qualified. A relatively high (for an ace) HR/FB ratio of 14% kept his ERA from being even more elite. Small cause for concern pointing to a slight regression (in addition to the 6th worst walk rate among those who qualified) was the "luckiest" left on base percentage (83.9%)…filthy in high leverage situations or not.

He should remain a top 5 starter, but with an utterly dominating performance last year, he wound up at #22 on ESPN’s player rater. Don’t draft him in the first two rounds of your 12-team leagues because you could wind up with very similar value beyond round 3: Cliff Lee, Jose Fernandez, Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, Stephen Strasburg, Anibal Sanchez with health and Chris Sale can all provide very similar overall value.

3) Alex RiosScroll to the right for Alex Rio’s 5x5 value. A downward trending FB% could cap his HR total, but all-in-all, he should still go 18HR one more year with 23 SB keeping him comfortably in this tier.

5x5

Name

Pos

G

PA

AB

Ct%

BB/K

IFFB%

HR/FB%

GB/FB

LD%

BABIP

xBABIP

AVG

HR

SB

R

RBI

$

1

Mike Trout

of

154

704

584

0.773

0.79

0.038

0.1750

1.15

0.228

0.3599

0.364

0.314

28

35

116

94

48.13

2

Andrew McCutchen

of

158

683

577

0.817

0.90

0.070

0.1400

1.06

0.226

0.3313

0.338

0.302

25

24

99

87

35.05

3

Adam Jones

of

157

675

630

0.799

0.28

0.090

0.1890

1.50

0.200

0.3106

0.336

0.282

30

14

96

98

31.54

4

Carlos Gonzalez

of

125

535

469

0.738

0.48

0.113

0.2300

1.15

0.215

0.3423

0.322

0.296

29

19

85

84

29.21

5

Ryan Braun

of

140

602

527

0.784

0.58

0.050

0.1675

1.28

0.180

0.3385

0.333

0.299

25

15

84

93

28.77

6

Justin Upton

of

146

638

548

0.738

0.54

0.095

0.1790

1.10

0.203

0.3176

0.324

0.272

28

15

99

78

25.71

7

Jay Bruce

of

155

676

589

0.717

0.46

0.064

0.1850

0.85

0.223

0.3049

0.338

0.260

33

5

90

107

25.25

8

Bryce Harper

of

140

598

507

0.777

0.71

0.065

0.1900

1.32

0.210

0.3137

0.333

0.281

25

14

91

73

23.33

9

Hunter Pence

of

155

662

599

0.812

0.49

0.100

0.1440

1.49

0.177

0.3042

0.319

0.276

23

13

85

89

22.56

10

Starling Marte

of

148

673

616

0.749

0.22

0.035

0.1200

1.79

0.220

0.3464

0.358

0.277

15

38

99

42

22.44

11

Yasiel Puig

of

148

629

552

0.749

0.45

0.098

0.1650

1.52

0.195

0.3365

0.340

0.281

22

14

94

70

22.05

12

Jason Heyward

of

148

633

550

0.793

0.63

0.115

0.1650

1.20

0.213

0.3003

0.323

0.272

26

11

94

70

20.79

13

Giancarlo Stanton

of

138

603

493

0.682

0.66

0.130

0.2675

1.01

0.183

0.3176

0.307

0.269

37

3

78

80

20.21

14

Alex Gordon

of

155

691

612

0.780

0.50

0.070

0.1000

1.04

0.206

0.3236

0.318

0.276

19

10

89

86

20.03

15

Matt Holliday

of

140

592

510

0.807

0.71

0.110

0.1450

1.40

0.206

0.3247

0.316

0.291

20

4

84

86

19.97

16

Shin-Soo Choo

of

152

698

580

0.768

0.73

0.025

0.1500

1.74

0.213

0.3335

0.344

0.280

19

17

101

51

19.96

17

Jose Bautista

of

128

562

478

0.811

0.83

0.180

0.1772

0.91

0.160

0.2538

0.272

0.256

30

7

84

83

18.70

18

Yoenis Cespedes

of

140

601

541

0.756

0.37

0.148

0.1490

0.91

0.180

0.2986

0.296

0.262

26

12

78

86

18.43

19

Wil Myers

of

148

639

564

0.730

0.43

0.068

0.1790

1.51

0.198

0.3148

0.337

0.262

24

10

78

93

17.90

20

Carlos Gomez

of

137

534

485

0.735

0.26

0.100

0.1450

1.00

0.195

0.3090

0.315

0.260

21

33

77

59

17.75

21

Domonic Brown

of

150

588

522

0.798

0.52

0.001

0.1700

1.23

0.214

0.2915

0.349

0.271

25

9

71

88

17.28

22

Alex Rios

of

155

642

594

0.819

0.38

0.001

0.1023

1.21

0.211

0.3038

0.342

0.272

18

23

73

75

17.10

23

Austin Jackson

of

138

638

565

0.758

0.45

0.030

0.1000

1.21

0.238

0.3384

0.355

0.276

15

10

108

51

16.53

24

Billy Hamilton

of

129

534

497

0.779

0.28

0.110

0.0275

1.49

0.203

0.3146

0.352

0.251

3

68

77

37

16.41

25

Alfonso Soriano

of

140

580

537

0.735

0.23

0.067

0.1680

0.91

0.199

0.2827

0.314

0.248

28

11

70

95

15.90

26

Josh Hamilton

of

145

612

543

0.735

0.38

0.075

0.1400

1.01

0.218

0.3168

0.330

0.265

22

5

78

91

15.84

4) Next up is Jurickson Profarnot. Ideally, Kinsler or Andrus gets traded so we can watch Jurickson full-time, but for now I’m going to have to go Elvis Andrus here. 85 runs with 35sb at ss will net you $15ish.

5) Here is where it gets hard. Derek Holland should be an asset in all standard 5x5 pitching categories. Martin Perez could follow-up on an impressive full rookie campaign. I don’t have my own SP projections complete at this point so I’ll focus on Ian Kinsler and Leonys Martin. I’m actually projecting Kinsler to look like 2013 from a counting stats perspective but with an average closer to 2012:

Name

Pos

G

PA

AB

Ct%

BB/K

IFFB%

HR/FB%

GB/FB

LD%

BABIP

xBABIP

AVG

HR

SB

R

RBI

Auction $

Ian Kinsler

2b

135

616

546

0.887

0.83

0.135

0.067

0.92

0.205

0.2682

0.2978

0.2599

13

15

83

66

7.48

I’m actually out projecting Leonys Martin:

Name

Pos

G

PA

AB

Ct%

BB/K

IFFB%

HR/FB%

GB/FB

LD%

BABIP

xBABIP

AVG

HR

SB

R

RBI

Auction $

Leonys Martin

of

142

493

442

0.785

0.34

0.120

0.091

1.67

0.216

0.3162

0.3277

0.2646

9

28

68

50

8.29

So my feedback/recommendation here: I like Martin more because I get can him much much later and chances are many might be looking for high impact speed late in the draft. Draft Jed Gyorko as your 2nd baseman (10 more HR, 20 more RBI, and probably a better BA by next year), and then draft Leonys Martin for speed later in the draft.

Dan Schwartz owns Rotobanter.com – Fantasy Baseball Site dedicated to visitor requests and live discussion. You can follow him on Twitter @Rotobanter. You can find his approach to player projections on Rotobanter’s About Us or Positional Tiers page.



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