The AL-only catcher scene actually looks pretty good. While there is a lack of elite talent, there should be plenty of useful numbers available in the later rounds on draft day as well as a few sleepers to consider.no comments
Key Stats: This is probably the easiest player to write about every year. I could just same what I said last year. Or the year before. Or the year before that. It just doesn’t change with Mariano Rivera. He doesn’t age.
He’s had 9 straight seasons with at least 30 saves and since turning 40 he’s saved 77 games. His WHIP has been below 1.13 for 14 straight seasons and since turning 40 his WHIP has not been above 0.90. He had 7.5 strikeouts for every one walk last year.
Skeptics Say: I’d love to say age is going to catch up with him, but it won’t. We will tell stories to our grandkids about him and they’ll tell us to be quiet because they want to listen to the broadcasters analyze his cutter for the billionth time as he’s closing it out as an eighty-year-old. Seriously his ERA has been below 2.00 for four straight years. This is as safe a 42-year-old pick as we may ever see again (unless steroids make a comeback). no comments
Not all moves are of the big impact variety, but they still can hold fantasy relevance nonetheless. Whether they have a chance to contribute to 12-team mixed leagues or maybe deeper formats, these three players are worth keeping tabs on.no comments
Key Stats: Jimmy Rollins has been ranked in the top 90 five out of the last six years. Only Hanley Ramirez has been a more steady force at that position during that time. Rollins has averaged 18 home runs, 96 runs scored, 70 RBI, 34 steals, and a .271 average during that time. He’s also managed to stay healthy over that time with almost 4,000 plate appearances during that stretch. In three out of the six seasons he led the NL in plate appearances.
Skeptics Say: You can play with the numbers in so many ways. Over the last two years, Rollins has only made just over 1,000 plate appearances and missed 96 games. And last year he had the motivation of a contract to play for. This year he’ll be 33 and could be heading down in a number of categories especially steals. no comments
Our 2012 keeper rankings focus on leagues that must gage the value of players for at least the next 3-5 years.
The third base keeper ranks feature some very solid talent toward the top, but some of the sophomores on this list should be taken with caution for various reasons.no comments