Fantasy Baseball Bounceback Players – First Baseman

Feb 20, 2008

Here’s a look at some First Sackers who should improve on last year’s stats.  Keep them in mind when you’re drafting your fantasy baseball team.  They could be great bargains. 

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Albert Pujols (.327, 32 HRs, and 103 RBIs)
These are hardly numbers that require a bounceback, but he had been hitting in the .330s with 40+ HRs and 120+ RBI.  He’s not in for a major bounceback, but I expect him to improve his power numbers and get back into the elite company he’s accustomed to.

Travis Hafner (.266, 24 HR, 100 RBI)
Those numbers aren’t terrible…if we’re talking about Nick Swisher or Adam LaRoche.  However, Travis Hafner was expected to produce more like Ryan Howard or David Ortiz.  His off-year will likely lead to a slide come draft day.  He very well could be the steal of your draft.

Richie Sexson (.205, 21 HR, 63 RBI)
What the heck happened to Richie?  Not that he was going to challenge for the batting title, but come on you’ve got to at least bat your weight.  Can he start for your team?  I suppose.  If you ignore your first base and address your other needs, Richie is still worth a shot.

Jason Giambi (.236, 14 HR, 39 RBI)
Quick, someone get Giambi some HGH.  He was able to produce when healthy, but that was an issue last year.  I wouldn’t pencil him in as a starter, but he’s worth taking a gamble on in late rounds. 

Lyle Overbay (.240, 10 HR, 44 RBI)
Saying he sucked out loud last year would be an understatement.  He was even worse against righties last year (.224).  While I wouldn’t feel comfortable with him as my starting first baseman, I can see stashing him on your bench and hoping for a turnaround.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Luis
    February 20th, 2008 at 8:30 am #

    I’m also interested to see what is going to happen with Nick Johnson and the Nationals. When healthy he has been a good bat and a great glove. While he was gone Dmitri Young resurfaced. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out in Washington.

  2. Ryan Lester
    February 20th, 2008 at 8:47 am #

    luis – good call. good problem to have if you’re the nationals.

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