Discussion of the Day: Where Does Matt Kemp Fall In 2014?

One of the first players coming off the board heading into 2013, Matt Kemp has battled injuries and inconsistency this season. He’s played in just 62 games this season hitting .263 with 5 HR, 27 RBI, 30 R and 9 SB.

It is his second straight injury plagued year (he played 106 games in 2012) and reports from Ken Gurnick (via Twitter) say, “Matt Kemp’s sprained ankle is healing slower than the Dodgers hoped and he might be out until September.”

That said he is just two years removed from a near 40/40 season (39 HR/40 SB in 2011) and there is no questioning his talent when he is healthy.

The early question facing fantasy owners is where will he fall in 2014? Do you still view him as a first round selection? Is he a player you are willing to avoid?

Let’s hear your thoughts!

8 comments

  1. David says:

    I will avoid him unless he falls FAR in the draft. In my keeper league, I am glad I do not own him.

  2. Greg says:

    I think there actually is a question of his talent at this point of his career even when he’s healthy. Lord know that Matt Kemp wasn’t putting up above average numbers before the injuries started coming on this year. He’s not like Johnny Cueto who was dominant this year before his first injury. My league is an auction draft and I will put him up for auction very early just so that people will overpay for him, because I don’t believe he should be a top 50 pick next season.

  3. Marky Mark says:

    In my keeper league, I came into this season with legit title hopes….with Kemp, Pujols, and Braun as three key pieces of my offense.

    Unfortunately, I’ll most likely end up keeping all 3 of them for next year. Just doesn’t seem likely that I’ll find someone interested in trading for them during the offseason.

  4. Dave De Wit says:

    I see him being drafted very similarly to how Tulo was drafted this year; mid-to-late 2nd round.

  5. jmax says:

    It’s too early. Ask this question at the end of March. I own him in a keep 10. I guess every owner has to consider a lot of variables when dealing w any player. In my case, I’ve been a top 3 team for the last 3 yrs. I build depth better than most others so I’ll carry the risk. I won’t sell low.
    In redrafts, I can see him being a high OF2 if he’s healthy and showing signs in the spring

  6. Pochucker says:

    Hmm I have 1st pick in next yrs draft so my fantasy is take Trout and a healthy Kemp or Braun drops to me at end of 2nd rd –I can dream can’t I?

  7. Adam says:

    He’s gotta be a third rounder, at best. We’re talking about an injury prone guy who could have THREE teammates drafted ahead of him (HanRam, Kershaw, Puig).

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