Top 3 Mets
1. David Wright - 3B
Since Wright burst onto the scene back in 2004 he's been a fantasy beast that gets stronger each and every season. In 2008, Wright posted career highs in HR, RBI and R, justifying his first round selection status.
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But what we're mildly concerned about is the decline in steals, OBP, AVG, SLG and OPS. What made Wright so unique was his ability to swipe a bag (34 in 2007), go yard and spray to all fields at any given moment.
Hopefully he'll start the season hot coming off of a decent performance in the World Baseball Classic. Wright remains a top five fantasy pick and should be due for an even better 2009.
2. Jose Reyes - SS
If it wasn't for Hanley Ramirez, Reyes would be the best fantasy shortstop in baseball - hands down.
What else could you want from a guy?
He's only averaged 66 SB, 15 HR, 68 RBI, 118 R the past three years and that's even when you consider that 2008 was somewhat of a disappointment.
Shortstop is perhaps the toughest position to get production from in fantasy baseball, other than catcher. You'd be wise to select Reyes with one of the top six picks because he won't last any longer than that.
3. Johan Santana - SP
I'm scared of Santana this season. Premium starting pitchers that end up in New York tend to rapidly decline and I'm starting to think that Santana could be next in line.
But then again, reports out of spring training suggest that there have been no problems with the elbow that had been troubling him before. Yet, I'd still have to say that Tim Lincecum would be my top overall choice instead of Santana.
The kid just has tremendous upside potential and could be a dominant force this season I wouldn't dare pass up. However, if you're looking for consistency, Santana is your man.
Carlos Delgado - 1B
If it wasn't for Delgado's second half surge last year (21 HR, 36 RBI), there would have been an excellent chance he'd be riding the pine or released in 2009.
That last gasp of a season will surely entice many fantasy owners to pencil him in as their targeted 1B at the draft. I think you should look elsewhere, unless you're prepared for another April in which Delgado delivers a .197 AVG like a year ago.
J.J. Putz - RP
There's no denying that Putz had a miserable 2008 campaign. After an out of nowhere 2007 season (40 saves, 1.36 ERA) as the Mariners closer, Putz fell back to earth...hard.
But redemption should be in his path now that he's with the Mets. Without having to worry about closing games because of Francisco Rodriguez, Putz can focus on just getting back to pitching.
He could be a solid addition to your pen.