2010 MLB Fantasy Prep ~ Assume The Position

By on March 7, 2010



This is why you don't simply assume the positionPosition Eligibility

Much is made each season about the importance of position eligibility. How much it really matters is a question unique to each league, and the drafting strategies of each team manager. For the sake of argument though, most would agree, more is better.

Each season we see players add or lose eligibility and different positions. So below I have created a little cheat sheet of those who will see those changes in 2010. Some of these changes may have appeared last season, but just to be safe…  This is based on 20+ plate appearances at a position last season. Not all leagues require 20 appearances, so it’s important to know your league guidelines, be it Yahoo, ESPN, CBSSportsline, or any number of other professional or private fantasy sites. Most major sports sites can give you a breakdown of games played for each player by position.

I have listed in bold, gains or losses I think managers should be aware of the most. As an example, Brandon Inge and Pablo Sandoval both lose Catcher eligibility. That hurts their value for a thin position. Several string bats are relegated to DH only. This is not to say at some point this season they may not gain positions back. This is just more for positional awareness going into the season.

On The Plus Side On The Minus Side
C Victor Martinez, BOS + 1B 1B Kendry Morales, LAA - OF
DH Jason Kubel, MIN + OF 1B Chris Davis, TEX - 3B
2B Eugenio Velez, SF + OF 1B Hank Blalock, TEX - 3B
2B Luis Valbuena, SEA + SS DH Nomar Garciaparra, OAK - SS, 1B, 3B
2B Adam Kennedy, WAS + 3B DH Hideki Matsui, NYY OF
2B Mike Fontenot, CHC + 3B DH Ken Griffey, Jr., SEA OF
SS Jhonny Peralta, CLE + 3B DH Vladimir Guerrero, LAA OF
3B Martin Prado, ATL + 1B, 2B DH Pat Burrell, TB OF
3B Juan Uribe, SF + SS 2B Clint Barmes, COL SS
3B Casey McGehee, MIL + 2B SS Alexei Ramirez, CHW 2B
3B Mark Reynolds, ARI + 1B SS Marco Scutaro, BOS 2B, 3B
3B Craig Counsell, MIL + 2B 3B Casey Blake, LAD 1B
3B Ian Stewart, COL + 2B 3B Mark Derosa, SF 2B
OF Skip Schumaker, STL + 2B 3B Brandon Inge, DET C
OF Daniel Murphy, NYM + 1B 3B Michael Young, TEX SS
OF Chase Headley, SD + 3B OF Nick Swisher, NYY 1B
OF Mark Teahen, CHW + 3B OF Matt Laporta, MIL 1B
OF Michael Cuddyer, MIN + 1B
OF Garrett Jones, PIT + 1B
OF Adam Dunn, WAS + 1B

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Gains and Losses Add Subtract
3B Gordon Beckham, CHW 2B SS
DH Russell Branyan, CLE 1B 3B
3B Bobby Crosby, PIT 1B SS
3B Ty Wigginton, BAL 1B OF
3B Pablo Sandoval, SF 1B C
2B Ben Zobrist, TB OF SS
3B Emilio Bonifacio, FLA SS 2B

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