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My drafts are done so I can share my rankings before yours. No fluff just rankings down and dirty. If you know how to use Vlookup, you can insert them into onto the excel I provided in my last post. Please feel free to comment or ask questions and good luck.
I’ll start off this fantasy football season with “You’re Welcome.”
For the first time ever I am allowing you all the chance to prep like I do, and of course it is free of charge. This is the excel spreadsheet that I make every year before fantasy football, baseball, and basketball drafts. It allows you the opportunity to see the value of experts from all the big leagues, Yahoo!, ESPN, CBS, NFL.com, FOX, etc. in one convenient location. Having other rankings can help identify Heroes and Villains on the draft board.
The sheet default is from the perspective of Yahoo, since that’s what I play, but if you download it you will be able to filter by your own league settings. The sheet is fairly straight forward, but there are a few thing to mention. Columns A-F are the rankings of other fantasy experts. G is the project Y! rankings. H is average of all the player rankings. I is the Y! Rank - Average, which is intended to identify consensus value picks (Positive are valuable, at least on paper). Next is the Player info and then the 2012 Projected Stats.
The second page is used for your teams projected value when doing a mock. Simply put in the players names you draft and the projected values will link in. See how you can improve your team’s total. Take with a grain of salt that it is only Y! projected points. Add and remove positions as needed.
If anything is unclear feel free to send me message or comment. Trust this will help you all incredibly with perspective on players.
Speed is of the essence.
I’m sure you are already familiar with the names I’m going to tell you to leave this article to pick up now, but they are all newer on the scene. Some are probably gone, but I bet at least one is there.
Middlebrooks - Best chance he is already owned but with the Youk trade yesterday he has a clear path and has been smashing like the Hulk.
Rizzo - He has now officially been called up and is raking AAA. OBP over .400, 23 dongs, and 62 RBIs in only 69 games. More than worth the gamble.
Bauer - Pitcher for ARI, who has the feeling of Lincecum before he was called up. Started the year in AA and jumped to AAA now will make his first start on Thursday. If you have anyone to drop do it.
Nothing fuels my speculation more than Stern trying to dodge the question of the Draft Lottery’s legitimacy. Real classy Stern.
It feels as if there have been too many injuries this season, but some will be coming back within the next month or so. Many injury plagued owners (like I am in one league) have had to cut bait on a star waiting in the DL wings. If you are lucky have an open DL spot, here’s who I think you should pick up (note some on the short term DL, like Kemp, I don’t think would be available so I won’t list him):
1. Carl Crawford: Need for Speed? He can potentially be the only one. Although Ellsbury is on the DL chances are no one dropped him. I was hoping that he would be back already, but you all know his setbacks. I would stash him, hope for All-Star break, and also 30 SBs. He can make up a huge gap in tight category.
2. Ryan Howard: In one of my leagues I just swooped him up 2 days ago. He is at extended spring and already mashing homers. Check to see if the 1st rounder is still available, I’m hoping he is also up at the All-Star.
3. Brett Gardner: He should not be available, but if he is he’s number 1. He should be back in a week or so, and has Crawford’s SBs. Just in case I want to add him.
4. Roy Halladay: Also in the category of should not be available, but some people were scared away by the slower start. Even in an off year he should be producing at a 3rd SP level.
5. Chase Utley: I think he’ll come back after Howard, in the range of Late July, although he is also in extended spring training. The feeling we have been here before pushes him back.
6. Emilio Bonifacio: His position eligibility and speed make him worth the wait.