Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Target & Avoid: Tampa Bay Rays

Target Ben Zobrist

Not only do I have Zobrist targeted in every league this year but I feel his ADP is extremely too low. Currently he sits at 72. That’s a late 6th round pick…unbelievable!! Why do I love Zobrist so much this year?

His position flexibility. If you are in leagues with 20 game mins to qualify at a position; then Zobrist is the only player on the board who qualifies at OF (71), 2B (58), and SS (47). Who wouldn’t want a year in year out 20/20 guy with that flexibility? But wait, it gets better. Now that he is entrenched in the 3 hole with Longoria batting clean-up in 13’ he will push across 90 RBIs to go along with 90Runs. Pitchers will pitch to him with Longoria on deck.  I look for Zobrist to have the best year of his career with an OPS at .900 to lead all SS again. Last year he led MLB SS with an OPS at .848. Back in the 09’ season he had an OPS of .948 so .900 is not out reach because of his power and he takes over 90BB every year. That is super for OBP and OPS leagues. If you are in a H2H league Zobrist is a must for his flexibility. You can draft him early and have the luxury of building your team around his position flexibility. In Roto you would take 20/20 from any MI and be thrilled. He is a one of a kind player this year so do not miss out. Grab him as early as RD 3 and be willing to go up to $25-$30 in auctions.

Avoid Wil Myers

Now don’t avoid him in Dynasty leagues where you can stash him on the farm until he hits his minimum qualifiers and then has to be brought up. He is a solid play in Dynasty and good player for years to come. But in Yearly Leagues he will be bust come draft day. Tampa is so shrewd with their money and the player’s service time clock starting. They do not want any player to qualify for Super 2 status and they will not bring Myers to The Show until they KNOW they have that extra year of control. That time should be in mid June this year. Even if he is crushing 500 foot HR in Triple A with a .400BA he stays put with the Durham Bulls. Currently going at pick 243 and the 65 OF off the board sounds about right. Unless you have the stomach to bench a player for 75 days let some other manager take on the waiting game. When he gets called up, look for 340 ABs with 15 HR and a .255 BA.

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