Some offseason moves have put the Mariners in a position to knock those snooty Angels from the top of the NL West.
Chone Figgins 3B, Cliff Lee SP, Casey Kotchman 1B and Milton Bradley OF are all set to be new Mariners starters in 2010.
Sure you’re all warm and fuzzy about the Mariners hopes of going from dreadful 61-101 in 2008 to third place last year to a division title in 2010, but you came here looking for fantasy advice. Let’s get to it.
It’s simple math when it comes to the pitchers. More run support and more able arms in the mix=more wins.
Lee is a lights-out pitcher and a great complement to Felix Hernandez. They could both win 20 games if the new lineup is as good as advertised.
Figgins will help set the table, along with Ichiro Suzuki, to aid Franklin Gutierrez, Kotchman, Bradley and Jose Lopez in their quests for 100 RBIs.
The projections below are baseline numbers, meaning I could see many of them increasing considerably if the New Mariner’s Project works out. Average Draft Positions are in parentheses.
Franklin Gutierrez OF (265.46) — Is this the year he hits 20 homers? Maybe not 20, but 17 or 18 is close. Projections: 75/20/75/15/.270
Chone Figgins 2B (81.16) — I still wouldn’t draft him, you need pop out of 3B. Somebody might draft him. It might be you. Expect 100/5/50/25/.290.
Milton Bradly OF (326.36) — If the problem child can keep his head about him: 70/18/60/5/.280.
Casey Kotchman 1B (333.34 ADP) — Classic example of a mediocre player who could benefit from a lineup that clicks. Kotchman’s numbers now are not fantasy worthy, but if he falls into the right sop in the batting order he could provide enough to give you some injury relief/spot starts. Projections: 55/10/60/1/.275
Ichiro Suzuki OF (40.46) — Another player I just won’t own. He gets drafted too high for his production. His production is still good though: 90/10/50/30/.320
Jose Lopez 2B (124.42) — Look at that ADP! Pick him as an extra middle infielder or utility player, get starting stats: 75/20/85/5/.280
Cliff Lee SP (54.00) — You could easily anchor your fantasy staff with these lights out numbers: 15/170/3.50/1.20
Felix Hernandez SP (29.45) — Did you read the Lee blurb up there? Hernandez is better. Projections: 20/200/3.35/1.20
David Aardsma RP (152.29) — Some folks aren’t buying his 2009 season. It was pretty ridiculous, but at that 15th-round ADP, you can take a chance he’ll get you 35 saves. Projections: 1/35/70/3.40/1.30