Friday, April 2, 2010

Chicago White Sox: DOs and DON'Ts

  • DON'T plan on seeing a single White Sox player drafted in the top 75 (unless a "homer" grabs Beckham (87.6 ADP) or Quentin (99.4 ADP) early).
  • DO expect a breakout season from 3B Gordon Beckham (90/25/90/.300/10) and his value increases once he reaches 2B eligibility.
  • DON'T be surprised to see a healthy OF Carlos Quentin make a serious run at 40 HRs. If he can stay on the field for 140 games and hit near .280, he's a steal in round 8 or 9.
  • DO watch OF Juan Pierre run and run and run. His 162 game averages are 626 AB, 52 SB and a .301 BA. Pair him up with a homer/no steal guy and you have yourself two very good outfielders.
  • DON'T get me wrong, I like SP Jake Peavy and the 30 GS, 20 QS, 15 Ws potential of him, but a move to the AL and a hitters home park could inflate his ratios.
  • DO gamble that OF Alex Rios bounces back to a 20/20 threat. Add in 80 R, 80 RBI and a .280 BA and he's a valuable 2nd or 3rd OF option.
  • DON'T draft CL Bobby Jenks unless you're in a league where you can handcuff him to SU Matt Thornton. Thornton will step in if Jenks falters and he brings Holds and ratios (2.74 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 10.82 K/9) regardless.
  • DO enjoy steady production from SP John Danks and SP Gavin Floyd. Each has 13 win potential with  sub 4.00 ERAs, 1.30 WHIPs and 7+ K/9s.
  • DON'T bother with 3B/OF Mark Teahan (12 HR/50 RBI, .270 BA) until he can prove he's fantasy relevant.
  • DO grab SS Alexiei Ramirez as a top 10 shortstop. He could reach 20 HRs, 80 RBI and 15 SBs hitting in the middle of a lineup that will score a lot of runs in 2010.
Players I'd be willing to use a late-round pick on:
  • 1B Paul Konerko (30 HR, 100 RBI, .280 BA, overlooked, bargain producer)
  • SP Mark Buehrle (13 W, 4.00 ERA, low K/9 rate though)
  • C A.J. Pierzynski (10 HR, 50 RBI, .280 BA)


  1. @ tony9999, thanks for the one and only comment so far on my blog. I hope you pop back soon for some more fantasy baseball content.