In this third blog on fantasy baseball, I am reviewing Mets players, their value, where they are being drafted and my prediction if they are going to help or hurt your squad. If you missed, check Sunday’s post on Jose Reyes and Johan Santana and Monday’s on David Wright and Frankie Rodriguez.
I have decided to group two players together based on their similarities, today I have grouped Jason Bay and Jeff Francoeur mainly because I fell in love with these guys after the interview on last week’s edition of Hot Stove. Obviously, Frenchie was around last year and quickly became one of my favorite players but after hearing all the good things about him this spring and watching him and Bay’s chemistry during the Hot Stove show, it was a no doubter for me to group them together for this report.
Jason Bay-OF: Jason’s time in Boston, help bring to light that he is a premier player in MLB today. Bay’s 36 dongs and 119 RBI’s made him a fantasy stud in 2009. Let it be known that, that is just about an average year for Bay over the last 7 seasons. Bay is a .280 career hitter and is known not only for his power but also his K total. Bay’s Yahoo rank is 57 and he has been going at an average selection spot of 58. 2. Once again the question about Bay is how will CitiField effect his power this season. The Sox has questions about Bay’s health which may scare you but history says he will be fine as he has played over 145 game since 2004.
Jeff Francoeur- OF: My guess is that many fantasy owners are not highlighting Jeff Francoeur’s name in their fantasy guides but I am. I loved what I saw from Frenchie last season. But him around Bay, Beltran, Reyes and Wright and he will see alot of good pitches. Francoeur of course is a free swinger which means lots of K and low on base percentage. This is a guy who hit 29 jacks in ’06 and had over 100 RBI’s in both ’06 and ’07. Frenchie is still only 25 and I think finding his way after a few down years in the ATL. I feel that he has a renewed fervor for the game and is ready to explode. Jeff is ranked 230 by Yahoo and has been dropping to 249 in drafts. He seems to be durable and is alot of NY Media’s guy to explode to 25 to 30 homers this season.
My prediction: If the Mets offense can stay healthy, they are going to be one of the NL’s best offenses. Since I’m keeping my fingers crossed, I’m going to think that’s exactly what will happen. I think Jason Bay will have a big season, it will be hard to ask for a repeat of the 36, 119 but I still expect 30, 100. I think if the Mets are going to make a run, Bay is going to be the difference on offense.
Francoeur is everyone’s darling this spring. I think the attitude, looseness and hardwork he brings all points to a great season. I saw on Loud Mouths were they were thinking 25 to 30 homers, I won’t aim that high but I would think he gets at least 20 homers and 80 RBI’s. These numbers might not jump at you but could be huge as your 3rd OF’er or a utlility man. I know if he lasts a big I am going to try to scoop him right up.