Red Sox players to target, avoid in fantasy baseball drafts
By Sean Penney
These players should provide a solid return on investment based on where they are being drafted.
Andrew Benintendi, OF
The 22-year old has tremendous upside, but how much of that will we see in his rookie season? We know he’s capable of delivering a solid batting average and he should score plenty of runs if the Red Sox end up batting him second in the lineup. We know his ceiling is that of a 20+ home run hitter that can steal at least that many bases, but we have no track record of him approaching anywhere near those numbers in the big leagues. An outfielder that doesn’t crack double-digits in homers or steals isn’t worth much in fantasy, giving him a relatively low floor. Top prospects tend to get over-hyped, so be cautious of reaching too much for him. If you can snag him outside of the top 100 or with a bid under $10 then his upside is worth the risk.
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
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.331/.381/.634, 10 home runs, 37 RBI. Those are Ramirez’ numbers in 36 career games as a designated hitter, which happens to now be his primary position. He’s eagerly anticipated taking over this position since the day he signed with the Red Sox and he’s thrived in the role before. Another season with 30 homers and 100+ RBI is within reach, which only five other first baseman accomplished last year. So why is Ramirez being drafted as a borderline top-10 option at the position? That puts him on the verge of being a bench warmer unless it’s a deeper league or one that uses a corner infield position or multiple utility spots. Repeating last year’s production would make him a great value in this range.
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP
Yahoo: Not Ranked
The concern is that Rodriguez is in a three-man competition for the final two spots in the Red Sox rotation, meaning there’s a chance he’s relegated to a value-crushing middle relief role. For a guy that should be available near the end of the draft, why not take a flyer on E-Rod? His overall numbers from last year look messy due to a knee injury that delayed the start to his season and threw his mechanics out of whack, but check out what he did in the second half of the season once he got back on track – 3.24 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 9.2 K/9 over 14 starts. He’s only 23 and has the potential to put up those types of numbers over a full season if he can stay healthy.