Coming off an atrocious debut season in Boston the one thing that fantasy owners did not want to hear was that Carl Crawford was injured and could miss the beginning of the season. According to Nick Cafardo that’s exactly what could happen as he tweeted, “Bobby V says he wouldn’t be surprised to see Carl Crawford miss a few weeks of the start of season.”
That would put Crawford into a similar situation to that of Ryan Braun, though with the potential to return a little bit sooner. Regardless, if both players are set to miss the beginning of the season who would you rather draft? Obviously Crawford needs to fall, but let’s see how far:
- Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays
- Matt Kemp – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Justin Upton – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies
- Jacoby Ellsbury – Boston Red Sox
- Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals
- Josh Hamilton – Texas Rangers
- Mike Stanton – Miami Marlins
- Curtis Granderson – New York Yankees
- Hunter Pence – Philadelphia Phillies
- Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds
- Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
- Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
- Michael Bourn – Atlanta Braves
- Alex Gordon – Kansas City Chiefs
- Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
- Shin-Soo Choo – Cleveland Indians
- Desmond Jennings – Tampa Bay Rays
- Corey Hart – Milwaukee Brewers
- Crawford underwent wrist surgery and the Red Sox do not appear motivated to rush him back into the lineup. Exactly how much time he could miss is completely unknown, but the quote states weeks so missing all of April is not out of the realm of possibilities. Instead of 600 AB, you would then be looking at 500, max, and more questions about how quickly he can make us forget 2011. We’ll have to wait and see how things progress this spring, so we have to consider his status on these rankings tenuous for now. If he proves healthier and is going to return earlier, he should slide back up into the Top 20. For now, however, he falls to #23, sandwiched between Michael Morse and Nelson Cruz (I will be re-posting #21-40 shortly as well).
- Speaking of Ryan Braun, we still await word on his appeal to his 50-game suspension. If he somehow is able to win and play the entire season we all know that he is a Top 3 option. So, unfortunately, all fantasy owners can do is wait and see how things play out.
- There obviously are concerns about Shin-Soo Choo, another player who is coming off a disastrous 2011 campaign. Many speculate that a DUI arrest in the spring contributed to his poor performance, as did injuries. I had always help reservations about Choo due to an inflated BABIP, but I have little doubt that he will be able to put last year behind him.
- Alex Gordon was one of the most hyped prospects in baseball history. We all know how poorly he produced when he first got his opportunity, but in 2011 he finally lived up to the hype. He brings power and speed and appears to have finally emerged. While his R (101) and average (.303) will likely fall, he’s a potential 20/20 threat and a good pick in all formats.
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