Apply for our fantasy league
First and foremost, we're holding a live draft on Sunday, March 15 at 8 p.m. You can always auto-draft your team, but I'd advise you only sign up if you can be there.
- We're getting as many into in the league as we can - 20. That may sound like a lot but I'm playing in a 10 team AL-only league this year, so it's pretty much the same thing. It should be a fun challenge for everyone.
- It's a 5x5 rotisserie league. The categories are R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP.
- Following fantasy baseball the entire season is a challenge, even for supposed experts. Please only sign up if you plan on playing the entire season.
- Get those emails into firstname.lastname@example.org! It should be a sweet time all summer long.
Now onto business...
5. SS Derek Jeter
To be honest, I would probably go with Joba Chamberlain in this spot, but Jeter is just the safer pick. You know he's good for runs, and AVG, and in fantasy leagues, his incredibly overrated D won't matter. With 11 HRs, 69 RBI, and 11 SB last year too, Jeter is about as well rounded as fantasy shortstops come.
4. CL Mariano Rivera
I had to do a double-take when I looked at Rivera's 2008 stats. We all know he's one of the best closers of all time, but the dude started in 1995...he has had to have fallen off a little bit right? Um, no. Rivera was as good as he's ever been last year, posting a 1.40 ERA, 39 saves, an straight filthy .67 WHIP. Seriously, I cannot get over that WHIP. For a starter, 1.0 is incredible, I know Rivera is a closer and all...but still. Color me impressed.
3. 1B Mark Teixeira
Some will say the Yanks threw out too much money this offseason, but it's hard to criticize the signing of Tex. The dude is still on the right side of 30, and already has six seasons with an OPS over .900 under his belt. Two of those years he's been over 1.000, one of them was last year. Yes, Mark Teixeiria is super awesome. How is he third on this list again? Oh yeah, he's a Yankee, my pick to either a) win the most regular season games in the majors this year, and/or b) win the World Series.
2. SP CC Sabathia
Sabathia's 2008 was one of the most impressive seasons by a starter I've witnessed in my 21 years of existence. He dominated the National League, doing so while pitching on three days rest seemingly the entire time. He won't be as filthy in the AL (particularly the AL East), but he's still one of the top starters in the majors. The thing that really stands out about Sabathia are the strikeouts, one of fantasy's essential categories. Last season only four pitchers struck out 200 batter in the AL...CC finished with 251. The man is a horse, yo.
1. 3B Alex Rodriguez
Admittedly we have concerns about how he'll handle this post-admission world - you know, A-Rod has never been one to excel in pressure - but he homered in his first Spring Training at bat so there's that. If A-Rod isn't the first player chose in mixed leagues, he's certainly in the top three, and is probably the top dog in the AL. At worst, A-Rod is good for .290 + AVG, 35 + HRs, 100 + RBI, and around 20 steals.