In this final fantasy look at individual Met players, we will look at Carlos Beltran as well as if there are any other postions players that would be worth taking a look at. For those of you into fantasy, please look back at previous blogs as I have provided coverage on Bay, Francoeur, Wright, KRod, Santana, Reyes, Perez, Pelfrey, Maine and Niese earlier in the week.
Carlos Beltran is a perennial all star and is the poster boy for five tool players. He is a top outfielder and a usually drafted in the first two rounds of fantasy drafts. However, this season is different as CB will start the season on the disabled list. With this in mind Beltran is ranked 160 by Yahoo and on average is being drafted at 181. He is owned by 91% of fantasy leagues. At first, we heard Beltran would be out 30 to 40 games. On Mike’d up, Omar stated that if everything goes right for CB, he will be back in May or June.
This doesn’t sound very good to me, “if everything goes right….June.” You’re looking now at about half a season, not to mention when he does get back consider the first month to be his spring training. Beltran can be a .300 batter and put up 40 and 100 but over a half of season recovering from an injury how long should you wait to draft him?
Before I tell you what you should do about Beltran lets brainstorm if anyone else on the team should be considered. What names are even out there? Other starters include Murph, Castillo, Pagan and Barajas. The only player I see going in drafts would be Barajas. Anytime you can add a reciever who could add 20 and 70 to a starting lineup will be interesting to look at. Pagan could add some depth for a team, he can bat .300 and add triples and steals. Keep an eye on Murph as well, I doubt he’ll be drafted but if he can get off to a good start he could put up a good average and some RBI’s.
Prospects include Ike Davis, FMart and Thole. Who knows if any of these guys will earn a job, as they all are favored to start this season in the minors but keep an eye on them if they do earn a starting spot as these guys have big time upside.
My prediction: If Beltran is going 180, that means he’s going around the 15th round. He definitely is worth stashing on your bench but I would make sure you have your starting lineup set before you consider drafting a guy who will be on your bench for a couple of months. He will hit when he comes back but probably will not get a chance to get more then 20 homers and 60 rbis. Grab him, but only if it makes sense for your team.
Everyone else? I don’t think anyone really should warrant a draft day selection unfortunately. Hopefully, someone will get hot and prove me wrong. As a Met fan, I will certaintly keep my eye open and you can probably bet that after Murph’s first 3 for 4, I will pick him up. Best of luck this fantasy season and lets hope the Mets players not only have a great season team wise but also statisically.