Monday, March 15, 2010

Baltimore Orioles: DOs and DON'Ts

  • DO continue to enjoy the numbers OF Nick Markakis puts up (20/94/.298). A pleasant surprise would be 10+ SBs.
  • DON'T miss out on C Matt Wieters and his 80/20/90/.300 projection.
  • DO draft CL Mike Gonzalez and his career 10.58 K/9, 2.57 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
  • DON'T waste draft picks in any format on any of their SPs (Millwood, Guthrie, etc). They will be waiver fodder all season long.
  • DO take a chance on SS Miguel Tejada. He's being drafted between the 12th and 15th rounds. Not bad for a guy that will soon have 3B/SS eligibility and averages 25/103/.289 for his career.
  • DON'T shy away from OF Adam Jones and his 20/20 potential. He's being drafted right around injury-risk OFs like Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano. I'll put my money on Jones for 2010.
  • DO keep an eye on 2B Brian Roberts' back. I'd hate to guess wrong with a 3rd/4th round pick. If you are desperate to pick a 2B this early, Robinson Cano and Aaron Hill are being drafted in this neighborhood.
  • DON'T waste your time on SU Jim Johnson, even if your league counts Holds, unless you are desperate. He may pick up some cheap saves, but this bullpen is full of guys like him.
  • DO listen to what is being said about OF Nolan Reimold's achilles ("Orioles manager Dave Trembley said there are not currently any restrictions on Reimold, who is expected to start in left field for Baltimore when the 2010 season kicks off. Monitor Reimold's status throughout spring training, but for now it looks like fantasy owners can feel safe about his health." -
Players I'd be willing to use a late-round pick on:
  • 1B Garrett Atkins (1B/3B eligibility and a prayer for a "comeback")
  • 1B/OF/DH Luke Scott (25+ HR potential if the O's find him enough at bats)

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