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Friday, March 12, 2010
Berry's fantasy players he 'hates'

By Richard Durrett

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.