Fantasy Baseball 2011: What We Learned After Week 1
The researching, player projecting, and mock drafts are finally over. It’s time to play balland for most fantasy players it was an extended week 1 with 11 days of action. Here aresome of the headlines of an exciting week.
The Closer Carousel Is In Full Effect
If you had Fernando Rodney in the first closer to lose his job pool, you are the big winner. It took less than a week for Jordan Walden to take over closing duties in Anaheim. Matt Thornton’s two blown saves has led the White Sox to announce that they will now have a closer by committee. The next in line to possibly lose the closing job would be Ryan Franklin with three blown saves. Popular sleeper pick Drew Storen did not get the first save chances in Washington, as the honor went to Sean Burnett. Another popular sleeper pick Craig Kimbrel does appear to be the full time closer in Atlanta and not just a part of a committee. All of this and we’re only 11 days into the season. Buckle up boys and girls. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
April Hot Starts
Some of those who sprinted out of the gate this year include Nelson Cruz, Howard Kendrick, Miguel Montero, Matt Kemp, Ryan Howard, and Gordon Beckham. Also of note is slow starting Mark Teixeira, who despite a low average (.182) has clubbed four home runs and ten RBI.
Appendectomies Are In Style
Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn had the procedure within a few days of each other. Luckily both are expected back in a few days and avoid the DL. A couple big names did hit the DL in the first week. Evan Longoria is expected to be out a minimum of three weeks. Ubaldo Jimenez also hit the disabled list. Others missing time in week one include Stephen Drew, Mike Stanton, Hanley Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman and Jose Bautista (who left the team due to personal reasons, not an injury.)
Manny Being Manny No More
After having a hot spring, many were seeing Manny Ramirez as a comeback candidate. Once the regular season started he was 1-17. On Friday, it was discovered he testedpositive for P.E.D,’s and promptly retired before being suspended. With Evan Longoriaon on the DL, the Rays offense is looking very weak and in otherwise offensive AL East.