Talking Fantasy Baseball With CBS Sports’ Adam Aizer

Talking Fantasy Baseball With CBS Sports’ Adam Aizer

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BASEBALL SEASON IS HERE AND THAT MEANS YOUR FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT IS JUST AROUND THE QUARTER. WE WANT TO HELP YOU BUILD THE BEST TEAM IN THE DRAFT. INSTEAD OF US THROWING YOU A TON OF NAMES, WE ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU THE BEST DRAFT STRATEGY. IF YOU LISTEN TO THIS BROADCAST LAST YEAR, YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT GEORGE SPRINGER WAS IN FOR A BIG YEAR AND ALSO TO GRAB SHORTSTOP COREY SINGER WHILE THE PRICE WAS LOW. HE ALSO WARNED YOU TO STAY AWAY FROM CARLOS GOMEZ WHO ENDED UP GETTING CUT. THIS YEAR, WE ARE STARTING OUR ALL-IMPORTANT CONVERSATION TALKING ABOUT THE POSITIONS YOU NEED TO HAVE ON YOUR ROSTER AROUND FIVE. BY THE MIDDLE ROUNDS, THE SIXTH ROUND AND BEYOND, YOU HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE STARTING PITCHER. I LIKE TO MY SECOND STARTING PITCHER BY THE FIFTH OR SIXTH ROUND. I LIKE TO HAVE ONE ACE AND THEN A SECOND TIER GUY LIKE CHRIS ARCHER OR COLE HAMELS. MAYBE LIKE A CHRIS ARCHER OR SOMEONE IN THE 15 TO 20 RANGE AS MY NUMBER TWO STARTING PITCHER. I WANT AT LEAST ONE OUTFIELDER EARLY IN THE FIRST THREE ROUNDS . OUTFIELD IS A VERY TOP-HEAVY POSITION. YOU HAVE TO GET A STUD AND WAIT UNTIL LATER IN THE DRAFT. BY THE FIFTH OR SIXTH ROUND, I MIGHT BE LOOKING AT A GUY LIKE GREGORY POLANCO. IN THOSE MIDDLE ROUNDS, YOU WILL GET A THIRD STARTING PITCHER. YOU MIGHT GET SOME INFIELDERS IN THE ROUND. THEY WILL BE GREAT VALUE AT THIRD BASE AND SECOND BASE. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYBODY HAS BEEN CHASING POWER OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS BUT IF THERE IS ONE ATTRIBUTE THAT SEEMS TO BE LACKING AT THE END OF THE SEASON , IT IS SPEED. DO WE NEED TO PAY A LITTLE BIT CLOSER ATTENTION TO TRY TO GRAB THOSE SPEED GUYS EARLIER? LAST YEAR WE SAW SO MANY HOME RUNS BUT STEALS JUST KEEP DECLINING. WE HAVE A VERY FEW BASE STEELERS. NOBODY WANTS TO RUN INTO AND OUT WITH HOW PROLIFIC HITTERS ARE. IN YOUR EARLY ROUNDS, THE BEST HITTER SECOND STEALS, THEY GO REALLY EARLY. A LOT OF THEM GIVE YOU POWER AS WELL. THOSE ARE VALUABLE PLAYERS TO GET. IF YOU CAN’T GET THEM, IN A CATEGORIES LEAGUE, I HAVE DONE SOME DRAFTS FOR A HAD TO HAVE CATEGORIES LEAGUE AND I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET JAMES AGOURA. I DON’T WANT TO DO IT BUT IF YOU DON’T PRIORITIZE IT EARLY, YOU WILL DRAFT SOMEONE LIKE EDUARDO NUNEZ, GUYS WHO DON’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT STEALS. THEY COULD REALLY HURT YOU. BILLY HAMILTON CAME ON STRONG AT THE END OF LAST YEAR. I AM HOPEFUL HE CAN PUT IT TOGETHER. IF HE IS A STEEL SPECIALIST AND YOU TAKE THEM IN THE SIXTH ROUND, IT IS A TERRIBLE PICK. YOU WANT TO GET A POWER SPEAK I EARLY IF YOU CAN. EVERY YEAR THERE ARE GUYS WHO JUMP OFF THE BOARD. GARY SANCHEZ IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THOSE GUYS. IS IT A MISTAKE TO IGNORE THE SOPHOMORE SLUMP? IT IS TRICKY. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. LAST YEAR, COREY SEAGER HAD A GREAT YEAR. THAT WAS PROBABLY HIS SOPHOMORE SEASON. HE STEALS SO MANY BASES, HE WILL HIT THE TOP FOR A GREAT TEAM. EVEN IF HE REGRESSES IN BATTING AVERAGE, HE SHOULD BE FINE. I AM WORRIED ABOUT GARY SCH. EHORE SLUMIN GENERAL, I THINK ANTHONY RIZZO, ERIC HOSMER, JASON HEYWARD, IT GOES BACK WITH A LOT OF GUYS. YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU ARE GOING WITH SOPHOMORE GUYS. YOU SHOULD EXPECT A LITTLE BIT OF REGRESSION. YOU MENTIONED VERSATILITY. ONLY IF YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. IF YOU HAVE MANNY MacHADO AND YOU END UP PLAYING HIM AT THIRD BASE BECAUSE YOU GOT ANOTHER SHORTSTOP, HIS NUMBERS ARE GREAT FOR A THIRD BASEMAN BUT THEY ARE AMAZING IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER THIRD BASEMAN TO PUT IN BEHIND HIM. AS LONG AS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT EVERY YEAR AND TRYING TO GET GUYS WHO ARE CONSISTENT, WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE GUYS WHO HAVE CAREER YEARS? DO YOU SEE THAT AS A GUY WHO IS TRENDING UP OR STRIKEOUTS. YOU ARE GOING TO GET 170 STRIKEOUTS. YOU GET KENLEY JANSEN AND YOU WILL GET 110 STRIKEOUTS. I THINK THE NEAT PICTURE IS THE ONE POSITION I AM DRAFTING DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR THAN I HAVE IN THE PAST. THERE ARE 14 RELIEF PITCHER’S THAT ARE ELITE OR COULD BE. GUYS LIKE KEN GILES OR EDWIN DIAZ. I WANT AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE GUYS. THE LAST DRAFT WAS AN AUCTION AND I GOT TWO OF THOSE GUYS. NICK HOLLEY BELIZE I GOT FOR SAVES LATER. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE THE GUY WHO HAS NEFTALI FOLEY’S AND BRANDON MAUER. YOU WILL BE AT A BIG DISADVANTAGE FROM THE REST OF YOUR LEAGUE AT THE POSITION IF YOU DON’T. THERE WILL BE A LOT OF QUESTION MARKS AFTER THE TOP 15 CLOSERS. IT SHOULD BE INTERESTING. EVERY YEAR WE ASK YOU IF YOU CAN IDENTIFY A PLAYER THAT IS GOING TO JUMP UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL. LAST YEAR YOU IDENTIFY GEORGE SPRINGER WHO WAS AROUND 75. THIS YEAR HE HAS IMPROVED TO 30. WHO IS YOUR GUIDE IS HERE? WHO WILL JUMP FROM A TIER PLAYER TO A TOP-TIER? GREGORY POLANCO. I LOVE HIM THIS YEAR. I THINK HE WAS BREAKING OUT LAST YEAR. HE WAS GOING TO BE SOMEONE WE TOOK IN THE SECOND RUN OF A DRAFT BUT THEN HE PLAYED HAVE THE SEASON HURT IN HIS NUMBERS TOOK A DIVE. BEST CASE SCENARIO, HE IS A 25- 25 GUY WITH HOME RUNS IN STEALS . I DON’T THINK HE WILL EXCEL AT BATTING HE WILL SCORE A LOT OF RUNS AND COULD DRIVE IN 70 OR 80 RUNS YOUR CREDIT GREGORY POLANCO WILL BE A GREAT PICK. I LIKE THEM BETTER THAN HIS TEAMMATE ANDREW McCUTCHEN. HE IS GETTING DRAFTED A FEW SPOTS IN FRONT OF McCUTCHEN. IT IS REALLY CLOSE. McCUTCHEN WILL NOT SPIEL — STEEL BASES ANYMORE. GET A GUY LIKE LONGO IN ROUND FIVE — GREGOR BLANCO IN ROUND

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