Snakes and Ladders

Posted: March 9, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball

For those of you who didnt read the football version, Snakes and Ladders is a weekly post about players who have either increased or decreased significantly in the past week (bitten by snakes or climbing ladders). I could write a 3,000 word intro like Matthew Berry or I can be more friendly to those of you reading at work, and simply jump right in.

SNAKE- Zack Greinke will start the season on the DL with a broken rib. I was never sold on him as a top-10 SP this season, and I’m now dropping him out of my top-20. There are just too many safer options out there.

SNAKE- Domonic Brown had surgery on his hand to repair an injury sustained in a Spring Training game last week. He was already having an atrocious Spring, and now looks like he will start in AAA.

LADDER- Ben Francisco was the other end of the right field competition with Brown. He is now the clear starter and is capable of useful numbers in mixed leagues with 12 or more teams.

SNAKE- Chase Utley is hurt again. This time, he has been diagnosed with patellar tendinitis in his knee and is likely to start the season on the DL. He has battled injuries for the last couple seasons. I had him between third and fourth in my 2B rankings, and now I drop him to the back end of the top-10.

(NOTE: New positional rankings coming soon)

LADDER- Matt Thornton signed a contract extension and that means the White Sox want him to be the closer. Until that point, there was some worry Chris Sale would steal the closer job quickly, but this will give Thornton a bit more job security. Sale is now mainly useful in leagues that use holds.

Obviously, there is still a lot of moving and shaking to come, but that’s our first Snakes and Ladders. Keep your questions coming. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting some of your Q&A.

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