Weapon of Choice

Democracy is a wonderful thing. This is pretty much the extent of what I learned in my 8th Grade social studies class. Being able to choose what we watch, music we listen to and what we decide to consume is one of our rights. Some of these choices are pretty easy. Coke is way better then Pepsi, McDonalds is superior to Burger King and of course the Yankees suck and the Red Sox rule. These decisions are pretty simple. What can be really difficult to decide on is what player you should draft in Fantasy baseball. There are so many players that are very similar, that have comparable Average Draft Positions, that choosing one from the other really comes down to personal preference. I came up with a group of players that may make you dwell a few extra seconds on draft day before making your choice.

Justin Verlander vs. Roy Halladay
Either one of these guys could be the first pitcher taken off the board on draft day. Both play on good teams, will give you 200 innings and 200 Strikeouts. And you count on a minimum 16 wins during the season. This is a tough decision, but I’m going for the younger arm and taking Verlander.

Jacoby Ellsbury vs. Curtis Granderson
Last year I reached a little and took Ellsbury in the fifth round. LBC’s waited and took an injured Granderson in the 9th. What are the chances of that happening again? Ellsbury broke out in 2011 becoming a legit speed and power threat. Everybody knew he was fast..no one saw the power potential! He finished second in the AL MVP Race. I do not see a repeat of last season, but I predict a .300/23 hr/38 SB in 2012. As for Granderson, it’s amazing what happens when he adjusted his swing and could start hitting left handed pitching. His batting average is a little shaky, but 41 dongers is no joke. He may be the nicest guy in baseball..but my choice is Ellsbury. Better average, more steals.

Evan Longoria vs. Jose Bautista
I need to disclose that I don’t like either one of these guys a whole lot. Joey Bats may have had back to back 40 homerun seasons, but for some reason I can’t completely trust this guy. Maybe it’s because he got hurt minutes after I traded for him last year? Who knows? I would not be surprised to see him regress to mere mortal numbers. I have no empirical proof for this, just my gut. As for Evan Longoria… there are a million reasons that I would like to punch him in the face, his homerun in Game 162 for starters. But I will try to stay impartial and evaluate him on purely Fantasy baseball standpoint. Longoria is the best third baseman in baseball! If he can stay healthy for a full season, he will put up crazy numbers. He missed 29 games in 2011 and still raked 31 bombs and 99 RBI’s. Impartiality over…he’s the Mark Texiera of third baseman, and a total douche. With that being said, he’s my choice on draft day. May God have mercy on my soul.

Joey Votto vs. Adrian Gonzalez
Remember that time that Joey Votto and Adrian Gonzalez got totally crazy after a game…and smiled? Yeah, me neither. These guys quietly go to work day in and day out. Put up great numbers. Play Gold Glove First base and you never hear a thing from them. Is that good? I don’t know. I prefer my All-star First baseman to have a pulse and a little personality. Both of these guys should go in the first 12 picks on draft day. I was going to make this one a tie, since its such a tough decision. But this is a manly site and I need to choose. I’m taking Votto..just to make sure the Love Boat Captains don’t get him again.

Dustin Pedroia vs. Robinson Cano
Everyone knows Pedroia is my favorite player in Baseball. Heck, he might be my favorite player in any sport on the entire planet. I have a Pedroia Bobblehead on my entertainment center right next to my TV. And I have been known to “bobble” his head for good luck when he’s up to bat. What’s not to like about him as a player? Gold glove defender, 20 hr/20 steal .300 average, heart and soul of the Sox! But I’m choosing players for a fantasy team, and the best second baseman in the world is Robinson Cano- even if he is a damn New York Yankee. Cano is good for 25 HR’s, .300 BA and 110+ RBI’s. He’s a fantasy monster worthy of a first round pick. This choice stung a little.

I really want to win the league this year. To do so, I need to pick players with my brain and not my heart. So give me the jerkiest guys in the league ( this means you Longoria) and we’ll see if there is a new champion in 2012.

You know what they say about “nice guys” and where they finish.

73 Responses to “Weapon of Choice”

  1. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Dave you know I respect you and your baseball knowledge. Your one of the only people I know that has just as much passion about the game as I do. That being said, on one of these topics I have to bring your baseball knowledge into question, and Im shocked that you missed this…

    And no, its not about Longoria, who obviously isnt a douche and is the greatest human being in the world…

    Its about your Pedroia and Cano post…

    Are you insane?

    In what world is Cano a better fantasy player than Pedroia? What are you smoking?

    Pedey had a better batting average last year.

    Pedey has FIFTY more walks last year. In fact, Pedroia had MORE WALKS THAN STRIKEOUTS. How is that possible??

    Cano struck out more times than Pedroia.

    Pedroia stole 20 more bases.

    Cano’s “big advantage” is homers? He had only SEVEN more homers than Pedrioa last year….

    Pedroia has a higher OBP than Cano, by fifty points.

    And oh yea, Pedroia had 7 more hits than Cano.

    And they both played 159 games, so there stats can be messured equally.

    So in conclusion, what in the world is wrong with your brain?? Do I love Pedey? No…. But you go ahead and take Cano in the first round, i’ll take Pedrioa in round 2 and laugh myself silly.

    Other than that, great post.

  2. Dave Says:

    It was obviously a tough decision. What it came down to for me, is 2011 was a bit of an anomaly type year for Pedroia. He’s a line drive hitter that realistically has 18 hr year potential. Cano’s “bad ” year is 25 bombs 110 rbis.
    Believe me…Cano had more runs score, RBI’s, doubles, triples and hr’s. This translates to a ton of fantasy points. I’m not happy about this decision. But if you were to put a gun to my head on draft day… Cano is the choice.

  3. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I’ve learned to value consistency. That whole Yankees lineup is getting worse. Tex is getting worse every year, A Rod is done and Granderson will be great but wont have as good as year as he did last year.

    Gimmie what i KNOW Pedroia will do, over what I think Cano COULD do.

    Same reason I would take Halladay over Verlander.

    One thing i’ve learned is to stop gambling early round draft choices, like taking a Jason Heyward in round 5 based on “potential”.

    Safe is death? Not in fantasy baseball.

  4. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    And im not so sure 2011 was “anomaly” type year for Pedey. In 2010 he has 12 homers in only 75 games when he got hurt and missed the rest of the season. This guy has 20 to 25 homer pop.

  5. Dave Says:

    He’s all yours Danny Boy!

  6. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    So… Your letting me have Pedrioa? Whats the catch? You love Pedrioa… He can do no wrong…

    Is he hurt?? What injury arent you telling me about!

  7. Dave Says:

    And just like that… I’m in your head!

  8. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    And you know what? That’s okay… Because Ginger is the main target.

    And trivia. In Ginger’s 3 year reign as World Champion, who is the only owner gave her a real scare? What owner had her biting her nails all week? What owner had her sweating until the final pitch of sunday night baseball?

    I’ll give you 3 guesses.

  9. Ginger Parker Says:

    Chefdick.

  10. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Chedick wasnt a Troy Tulowitski injury from winning. Chefdick didnt lost by 3 and a half points.

    Chefdick isnt going to win the 2012 championship.

    I am.

    Be prepared. Your reign is coming to an end. I know how to beat you now. Your mind games over me have come to an end.

    Your looking at an owner that has no fear of you whatsoever. Im over the hump.

    Bring it on.

  11. Dave Says:

    I agree.. Chefdick has knocked me out of the playoffs 2 years in a row

  12. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I wasnt ready before. I’ve paid my dues, i’ve lost in the playoffs and in championship games. Im hitting my stride, and my experience is just now catching up with my immense raw talent that has been on display since the first fantasy league i ever entered. And now I have the confidence to boot.

    Im ready.

  13. Dave Says:

    Dont sugar coat it Dan… How are you really feeling?
    Are you planning on going to any Spring Training games this year?

  14. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    lol this league is going to be the funnest year yet. I love playing fantasy with you guys!

    100% yes. Port Charlotte Stadium has become my favorite ballpark in sports. Its gorgeous. I cant wait to go back there and watch baseball outdoors, the way its meant to be played.

    The Trop sucks.

  15. Dave Says:

    That stadium is quite nice. I’m looking forward to practice starting in a few days. That’s always fun to watch…. Even if it is the Rays

  16. allan Says:

    Look at what pedrioa in 2011, he started off really slow to where he was dealt pretty early. I never seen robinson cano come down at all. fantasy is about consistency, because 3 slow weeks by one player can cost you your season in this league. You really gotta think with your head on draft day and think about what can and will happen in the future with these guys. I really think we have seen how good pedrioa is and he’s a damn good player, but the thing is we have yet…to see how good cano is going to be. Hell last year was basically his coming out party if you really think about it. I truly think cano has the potential to blast 50 hr’s this season playing in that 3 hole for an entire season.

  17. Dave Says:

    I agree Allan. Cano is a stud.. I love pedroia, but I’m not reaching for him before the 3rd round.

  18. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Cano has been far more inconsistent in his career, and last season, then Pedrioa has. Pedrioa had a bad two weeks and raked the rest of the season.

    I just dont understand why people are SO high on Cano. How can people just assume that a guy who’s career high in homers, playing in THAT stadium as a left hander, is 29 will just suddenly blast 50 bombs out of nowhere.

    We’ve seen Cano, this is him. He’s 29 years old, he is what he is. He’s not gonna suddenly bust out and win the MVP in a lineup that continues to get worse around him.

  19. allan Says:

    I’m not going to talk trash about the 2012 fantasy season. lol. i’m gonna let dan run his mouth

  20. Dave Says:

    3 years in a row of great numbers is indisputable. He’ll never hit 50 bombs, but you cant discount that he’s the best 2b in the game.

  21. allan Says:

    really dan? then what the hell happened with jose batista then? please….explain lol

  22. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I can absoultely discount it. Dustin Pedroia is the best 2nd baseman in the game.

    Homers and RBIs blind people. Look at the overall numbers, look at the total package. Pedey is the superior player.

  23. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    You guys take Cano and get your couple more homers and RBIs.

    I’ll take the guy with the better batting average, more SBs, more walks, less strikeouts and plays gold glove defense thank you very much.

  24. Dave Says:

    Gold glove defense doesn’t count in Fantasy baseball.

  25. allan Says:

    gold glove defense does what again in our league? cano will be in a better spot in the lineup and rake up more rbi’s than he did in 2011, plus he’ll hit 35 plus hr’s. the 50 thing is just a potential thing.

  26. allan Says:

    dave, I’m with you on batista lol. For some odd reason I feel like if I draft him he’ll manage to hit 12 hr’s

  27. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Why will Cano hit 35 bombs? When has he EVER hit 35 bombs? When has he ever come close?? Why will he get more RBIs? With Jeter hitting leadoff he’ll get more RBIs? Really?

    Im astonished that Dave cant see the obvious.

    Pedrioa is a better fantasy player than Robinson Cano.

    Pedrioa outscored him last year, even with all Cano’s “superior power”.

  28. Dave Says:

    I think if longoria plays like he did at the end of 2011 he’s the AL MVP. And I absolutely HATE that guy.

  29. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Well of course Longoria will be the MVP, that’s obvious. Everyone knows that

  30. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    “Let me start by saying that I hate the Rays. With the exception of Evan Longoria, who is obviously a superstar”

    Dave Ingalls, October 7th, 2008.

    My oh my how things change!!

  31. allan Says:

    brett gardner is a monster leadoff hitter bro and jeter got better as the season went along last year. I think either 1 or both of those guys could easily get on base for cano to drive them in. gardner can score from first off of a double bro, he’s got that kinda speed.

  32. allan Says:

    by the way dan, wasn’t longoria suppose to have won the mvp over the last 3 years now? lol

  33. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I dont know about you Allan, but when a 29 year old player has had basically the same season 3 years in a row, I stop looking at what they “could be” and starting looking at what they “are” lol.

    Cano is what he is. He’s not suddenly gonna pop off and get better. Great players, but I dont want him in the first round of fantasy.

  34. allan Says:

    he’s also never been in the 3 hole on a consistent basis either like most of the other good players. I really think him playing for the yankees may have held back his development. how many great players do u see hitting 7? lol

  35. Dave Says:

    I’m older and wiser Dan..

  36. Dave Says:

    Is longoria a first round pick? Cano has better numbers.

  37. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Me personally, No. I would not take Longoria in the first round. Nor would I take Cano in the first round.

  38. Dave Says:

    Nice quote by the way… Your memory is a little too good sometimes. What about the rest of the list above? Who would you take?

  39. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Dan’s list of first rounders, in no paticular order.

    1) Albert Pujols
    2) Troy Tulowitski
    3) Miggy Cabrera
    4) Jose Bautista
    5) Justin Verlander
    6) Roy Halladay
    7) Matt Kemp
    8) Adrian Gonzalez
    9) Joey Votto
    10) Price Fielder

    Those are the players that I personally would consider with my first round pick.

    Sometimes I like to go back and read some of the old stuff on the site, just to see how things have changed since then.

  40. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    “Evan Longoria is a great ballplayer, but after watching him interact with the young fans in the crowd, I think he is an even better person. Within two years, this guy is going to be the most popular player in baseball.”

    Dave Ingalls, July 3rd, 2008

  41. Dave Says:

    “Dave Ingalls is clearly a lousy evaluater of professional baseball players”.

    - Dave Ingalls
    Feb 16, 2012

  42. allan Says:

    I know Jose Reyes is injury prone but he was clearly better than tulo last season. He’s risky pick but I think he’s Played his way back to being a 1st round talent.

  43. allan Says:

    Hell when isn’t tulo hurt? Lol

  44. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Troy Tulowitski has averaged 145 games the last 3 seasons.

    Jose Reyes has averaged 122 games the last 3 seasons.

    Troy Tulowitski is alot better than Jose Reyes.

    You can have Troy Tulowitski in round 1.

    lol

  45. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    You can have Jose Reyes in round 1**

  46. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    See i’ve finally figured out the relationship between Dave and Longoria. It took awhile, but i’ve got it now.

    See Dave doesnt hate Longo, Dave loves Longo. Thinks hes a great player, and knows that hes not a douchebag. Dave doesnt hate Longo like he hates Mark Teixera… No way.

    Now dont get me wrong, Dave WANTS Longo to fail. Because if Longo fails, the Rays fail, and Dave doesnt like the Rays. Not little one bit. But hate Longo? No sir. Not Dave.

    (By the way if your dishing out hatred for game 162, you should start with Dan Johnson and Robert Andino. There the real culprits).

  47. Dave Says:

    Wrong again Dan…I HATE LONGORIA! I want to scream it from the mountaintop…living in florida, that probably isn’t going to happen. but do not be confused, I despise that guy.

  48. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I dont really believe you Dave… He’s humble, he plays in a small market, nice guy, great with kids… You dont hate him. You just dont.

    Now I can see why you would hate A Rod or Tex… Their just pure evil

  49. Dave Says:

    I see no difference between the 3 of them

  50. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    That might be the harshest thing you’ve ever said to me.

  51. Dave Says:

    You just made my day Dan. Thanks!

  52. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Here I am, going to bat for your favorite player. Staunchly defending him and all that good stuff, and you compare my favorite player to the most evil guys in baseball….

    That’s ice cold right there. I thought we had an understanding Dave. Tsk Tsk.

    On a lighter note, i’ve joined another get me over until thefoulline starts league, and i’ve recently found out that I scored the first pick in the draft.

    Im torn between a few guys!

  53. Dave Says:

    Obviously we are not on the same page Dan… And I’m perfectly ok with it!
    First pick ya say… If its me, I’m grabbing miggy cabrera.

  54. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Im leaning that way as well. The only problem is im getting a strange feeling that Pujols may return to being Pujols this year….

  55. Dave Says:

    It’s win win… You can’t go wrong with either one. They are the only 2 sure things in fantasy baseball.

  56. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Except for last season, the ONE year I actually get Pujols, is the ONE year where Pujols doesnt hit .300 or have 100 RBIs. That’s when I really started to think i was “cursed” in fantasy.

    That and Grady Sizemore of course.

  57. Dave Says:

    .299/37 hrs/ 99 rbis is pretty bad ass

  58. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Yes it is. But when you draft Pujols, your expecting .320, 45 bombs and 120 RBIs.

  59. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    “I know Dan mulled over this decision for days. Should he take the greatest player on the planet, playing for a new contract, or should he grab one of the two elite shortstops? This was a no-brainer. Write him in for 40 home runs and 120 RBIs.”

    -Dave Ingalls

    March 30th 2011

  60. Dave Says:

    Once again Dan, I don’t know shit!

  61. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Then how exactly do you plan on taking down the Love Boat Captains?? A fantasy baseball machine!

  62. allan Says:

    well dan I joined another league and had my draft today. I ended up with the #2 pick and took miggy

  63. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Yea im gonna take Miggy first tomorrow. The 3rd base really helps alot

  64. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Dave for a Rays/Red Sox game this season we NEED to have another thefoulline.com chat night like game 7 of the 2008 ALCS. That was alot of fun. That chat room button just sits there and never gets used.

  65. Dave Says:

    Definitely! I tried the chat button out today- it still works!

  66. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    That’s the high quality thefoulline.com provides day in and day out. One of the main headers on the site’s toolbar, and the guy who runs the site types “does this even still work” in the chatbox. Classic stuff.

    It would be alot of fun for sure. Looking forward to it.

  67. Dave Says:

    You may not have known this Dan, but I’m not only the Head Writer – I’m also the Quality Assurance Committee. Rest assured, thefoulline is a finely tuned machine!

  68. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    As your most loyal and avid reader, im glad to hear that such a prestigious and historic site in such good hands. Keep up the good work!

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