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Berry's fantasy players he 'hates'

3/12/2010

We explored the loves of ESPN.com's Matthew Berry when it came to Rangers he'd like to draft based on their value (his complete love/hate list is here). Now we look at his "hates" in terms of Rangers' fantasy baseball value. Here are some of those:

Michael Young: Heck of a bounce-back year for Young. Won't happen again.

Ian Kinsler: As I've written and said before, he's awesome when healthy. We are not arguing that. But he's played more than 130 games exactly once in a four-year major league career (and one year he had 130) and to get Kinsler, you are gonna have to take him in the second round. First, in AL-only. Considering his .253 bating average last year (I know, his BABIP was really low, but still), he's too much of a risk for me that high up. Keep in mind he's a career .279 hitter, so even if he stays healthy and his luck reverts back a bit, a 25/25/.275 season is reasonable to expect, right? Which is basically what Brandon Phillips gives you two rounds later, without nearly as much risk.

I get what he's saying in terms of value, but I know in some leagues that Ian Kinsler went lower than the second round. I really think he's going to have a solid year in the fifth hole. But that's just me.