past years' final previews, the process tends to break down around preview #10 or so. I've been trying to think of a theme along the lines of "Songs of the '90s" or even the "Prophets" theme I broke out earlier this year. So far, all I've come up with is "Fantasy Baseball Team Preview." So, yeah.
That's too bad on several fronts, because this owner and this team deserve serious attention. They hit the board last year without making any major win-now trades, and a disconcertingly large percentage of their roster was cheap to keep. Logically, then, they have to be considered threats to hit the board again this season.
To my mind, this is the toughest area to predict for this team. They're all set at catcher with Buster Posey, and have assembled three reasonable power/whiff darts to throw at 3B in the form of Will Middlebrooks, Brett Lawrie, and Trevor Plouffe. But there are questions in the other slots.
Jimmy Rollins is only 34, but it feels like he's 106, and he plays on what is looking like a death ship of a team in Philly. Early results have indictaed that he hasn't lost his speed, which means that he should still hold fantasy value if healthy. Those last two words give us, pause, though. And 1B Billy Butler magically converted 10 or so doubles into HRs last year; we are slightly suspicious that he will repeat. Justin Morneau provides some cover for Butler, but he's also plugged in at DH now, so he's not really in a position to back Butler up.