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January 8, 2014

Fantasy Team Preview

Colorado Rockies

by Ben Carsley


The Colorado Rockies finished with a 74-88 record in 2013, good for last place in the National League West and tied for the fourth-worst record in the National League, and they didn’t add much talent this offseason. Despite the renowned 1-2 punch of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, it’s not unreasonable to take a cursory look at this organization, shake your head, and move on.

That said, Coors Field plays havoc with value in the fantasy world. Average pitchers become players to avoid. Average hitters become players to target. And anyone with even modest power becomes an automatic add on watch lists in just about every league.

Projected Starting Lineup

  1. 3B Nolan Arenado
  2. CF Carlos Gonzalez
  3. SS Troy Tulowitzki
  4. RF Michael Cuddyer
  5. 1B Justin Morneau
  6. C Wilin Rosario
  7. LF Corey Dickerson
  8. 2B D.J. LeMahieu

There are plenty of fantasy factors in this lineup, and it’s not just because of Coors Field. Let’s start with the two most obvious names. Tulo is the best fantasy shortstop in the game when healthy, and he showed last season that he can still produce a ton of value even if he misses some time. His days of 15-plus stolen bases are behind him, but he’s still a stud. Cargo is perhaps the most underrated fantasy star we have right now and is a borderline first rounder in 16-team leagues. Cuddyer will be overrated coming off of a campaign where a .382 BABIP led him to a batting title but is far from useless, while Rosario is a fringe top-10 option at catcher and Arenado is a fringe top-15 option at third base. Morneau is worth a flier as a late-round pick but I’m not overly optimistic. I’ll address Dickerson and LeMahieu below.

Also, I’m aware this might not be how the Rockies set up their batting order, but I don’t want to live in a world where Dickerson/Drew Stubbs or LeMahieu/Josh Rutledge lead off.

Projected Bench

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