There will be a lot of familiar faces in Boston this upcoming season, as the franchise opted to hold off on making any major moves. After all, spending like crazy in the offseason led to turmoil just a few seasons ago. With that being said, fans of the team are already trying to project fantasy baseball 2014 numbers for some of their best overall position players and pitchers.
The heart and soul of the franchise are the two mainstays, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia. Both are getting up their in age, even if their numbers don’t always make it look that way. Ortiz is pretty much a full-time designated hitter, so that keeps him relatively healthy. It’s hard to see him not regress to the mean a bit in fantasy baseball 2014 though. He’s still the top DH in the game, but he will probably last until at least the fifth round.
Pedroia plays a more premium position, and he is younger than Ortiz. That makes him a more highly rated fantasy baseball prospect. His power numbers dropped off a bit in 2013, but his average was stable. It also helps that he is good for about 15-20 stolen bases if healthy. Waiting past the third or fourth round could prevent someone from drafting him.
Like David Ortiz, fantasy baseball owners need to be cautious with Koji Uehara. Given his age, one definitely did not expect him to be the best closer in baseball last season. He finished as the 41st best player in fantasy last season, which is remarkable for a closer. He is still a borderline top 100 fantasy pickup, so don’t go crazy with him.
One guy poised to make the jump is Xander Bogaerts, who will get a chance to play every single day at the MLB level in 2014. Sure, there are quite a few safer picks on Boston right now, but this is a low risk, high reward guy to draft near the end. He showed plenty of promise for Boston in limited action this past season, and he is without question a major part of their future. With so many youngsters excelling very early on in recent memory, it makes sense to at least give him a shot early in the year.
Boston lost some key pieces from 2013, most notably Jacoby Ellsbury. However, while they may not have any first round fantasy talent on their roster, they have a ton of above average pieces that could very well get them back in the playoffs.
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