Over the next couple of days, I am going to take a look at different Mets players from a fantasy perspective, tonight’s installment will start off with two of the most talented players in the game, Jose Reyes and Johan Santana, who disappointed owners last year with injuries but appear to be undervalued this season, perhaps taking a risk on one or both of these guys will pay huge dividends for your team.
Most fans that are die hard enough to spend time reading blogs like this one are also big time into fantasy baseball. Hey, it gives us regular folk a chance at being the GM and manager of our very own club. Fantasy baseball, whether for pride or for money has become a very popular form of entertainment in this country. In my opinion, Fantasy baseball is the best sport for Fantasy. I love the everyday, hands-on grind that is the baseball season. Fantasy football, which you only need to follow once a week just doesn’t do it for me.
Even though the critics think the Mets are going nowhere this season, they still have a ton of all star calibur players that are going to be highly desired in fantasy drafts. However, this season is going to be very interesting for fantasy drafts as there remain many questions with many of the traditionally high picks from the Met roster. Jose Reyes and Johan Santana are recovering from injuries, David Wright is coming off his worst season ever, Carlos Beltran is out for what is thought to be at least 40 games, how is CitiField going to effect Jason Bay’s power numbers and is anyone else going to step up enough to warrant a starting position on someone’s fantasy roster.
Again, over the next coming days we will examine many of the Mets finest but let’s look at tonight’s subjects:
Jose Reyes- SS- Jose was ranked in the top 3 last season because of his all-around game. Triples, doubles, stolen bases, RBI’s, some power, Jose has it all. At least that is if he is healthy, and everything we have heard from Mets camp is that he is back and ready to go. Jose is pre-ranked number 48 by Yahoo his average draft selection is 44.6 by Yahoo. I have a feeling that in drafts with mostly New Yorkers, he will be drafted much earlier. 48th would put him the 4th round but my guess is as we get closer to opening day you should be likely to see him come off the board by the 2nd round. With his ability for SB’s and Triples, with the fact that he is a SS, will have you nervously waiting to see how long he will last.
Johan Santana- SP- Johan was another guy who was a first round pick last season. He even went first in our draft and was proving he was worth it early in the season but as he got injured, his owners paid the price. He definitely has the ability to be the best pitcher in baseball and bring home a Cy Young Award. Yahoo has him though as the 8th ranked starting pitcher. He is ranked 55th overall by Yahoo and is being drafted in the 50th spot as of today. Again, with alot of Met homers in your leagues and continuing to hear he is healthy, you can bet he will be gone quickly.
Reyes goes late 1st round to early 2nd round. I think he has a strong season, expect his SB numbers to decrease slightly as the Mets bat him 3rd and want to work his way back to where he has been. I think by the end of the season he will be a top ten player so the longer he lasts on draft night the bigger reward when he has a typical Jose Reyes season.
Santana goes mid to late 2nd round. I think a second year in CitiField will only help Santana’s numbers. As the outfield gets more comfortable with the park and he learns how to pitch there he can only become more dominant. Santana will not throw the CG’s that Halladay will and probably won’t have the K’s that Timmy Lincecum does but should have a great season. If the Mets can stay in the race he will only rise to the occasion more. That could mean more CG’s, but if the Mets are not close in September look for the Mets to rest him down the stretch meaning he will be more valuable if the Mets can win.
Tomorrow’s subjects: David Wright and Francisco Rodriguez, 2 guys looking to come back after their first ever down years.