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November 15, 2013

Fantasy Team Preview

Chicago White Sox

by Mike Gianella and Craig Goldstein


When I think of the White Sox fantasy landscape, I tend to think more of The Badlands than I do the Fertile Crescent (Mesopotamia, children). Fear not though; there’s reason for hope on the South Side. Thanks mainly to Cuban import Jose Dariel Abreu, the Pale Hose have a little extra thump, and could see even more added if Paul Konerko returns. Free agency could well play a part in this too, as some have hinted that Abreu isn’t the only big-ticket item that Chicago will buy, but until we know how that shakes out, this is what the team looks like:

Projected Lineup

  1. CF Alejandro De Aza
  2. 2B Gordon Beckham
  3. DH Adam Dunn
  4. 1B Jose Dariel Abreu
  5. LF Dayan Viciedo
  6. RF Avisail Garcia
  7. SS Alexei Ramirez
  8. 3B Jeff Keppinger
  9. C Tyler Flowers

It’s not pretty, but it’s better than it used to be, and that’s without the possibility of Konerko returning. There are no fantasy stars here, at least not any known products, but Abreu is seemingly the guy to own. Dunn has power—which is in rare supply—but while much was made of his effort to go the other way in the second half (and he did raise his average), it resulted in a bit of a power outage, which is not what you want from a power only player. People continue to like Gordon Beckham for no apparent reason. De Aza is a solid play in deeper leagues but probably no more than a fifth outfielder in shallower leagues. He can get some runs because he’ll steal some bases without damaging you elsewhere. Garcia is a wildcard here as he’s filled with tools but is raw as all get-out. I like to gamble on these types but I wouldn’t expect more than fifth outfielder quality from him. The catcher situation is one to avoid, as is the hot corner on the south side. Viciedo can be a deep league play, but keep your expectations closer to 20 home runs rather than 25, with mediocre everything else. Ramirez has fallen off drastically from when he first came over, but given the dearth of shortstop options in deeper leagues, he’s a low-end option.

Projected Bench

The bench is pretty much as exciting as the actual lineup and that’s not a good thing. Leury Garcia can run, but doesn’t hit for much pop and hasn’t shown the ability to hit in the big leagues. Gillaspie is replacement level in real life and can be ignored in fantasy. Even if Danks gets run as an injury replacement, he’s more of an across the board won’t-kill-you type than he is an adds-anything-to-your-team type.

There are a couple of players not on this list that at least deserve mention though. Marcus Semien is probably good enough to wrest the shortstop position from Ramirez at some point in the season, most likely with Ramirez getting shipped to another team. Semien provides a strong approach at the plate with solid pop, and would be worth looking at as a mid-season pickup. The other player is Carlos Sanchez, who, despite a brutal year at Triple-A, was rushed through the system in 2012 and still retains promise. He’s more of a scrappy guy than anything, but could produce a solid batting average. He’s less of an in-season pickup option than Semien, but is a name to know.

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