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February 18, 2014

Fantasy Team Preview

New York Mets

by Bret Sayre


There hasn’t been much to get excited about in Queens over the past five or six seasons—unless you get joy out of watching the franchise greats take the field day in and day out. Of course, there was also the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner who captured the hearts and minds of those paying attention—though he was traded a couple of months after receiving the hardware. And then, when there is an exciting young attraction worth watching, of course he ends up undergoing Tommy John surgery before the end of his breakout season. However, the roster has been improved through trades and free agency, adding a little extra fantasy relevance to what has been a pretty stale roster in the recent past. Though, as you’ll see from the rest of this preview, high-end talent is still severely lacking.

Projected Lineup

  1. LF Eric Young Jr.
  2. 2B Daniel Murphy
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. RF Curtis Granderson
  5. CF Chris Young
  6. 1B Ike Davis
  7. C Travis d’Arnaud
  8. SS Ruben Tejada
  9. Pitcher

Maybe Terry Collins owns Eric Young Jr. on all of his fantasy teams. That’s probably the only answer that makes keeping Juan Lagares in Triple-A to start the season (as is being rumored) palatable from a team perspective. Of course, he can steal bases, so there’s that. Chris Young and Curtis Granderson will both try to bounce back from very disappointing 2013 seasons, and as long as you go in knowing that their batting averages will give you stomach ulcers, they should be solid additions to any fantasy team. Granderson may not have Yankee Stadium power, but Citi Field plays neutral and he wasn’t a short-porch creation. Ruben Tejada has a bigger hole to climb out of for fantasy relevance than Bruce Wayne in The Pit. Murphy should be solid, but don’t expect a repeat of 2013. David Wright is a near-perfect human being whose smile has more healing powers than penicillin. More about the others below.

Projected Bench

The Mets could have a much more interesting bench if they were to carry all of the players who will likely start the year in Triple-A, but alas we’ll all likely have to wait to see their faces. Lucas Duda could provide some real value, even in mixed leagues, if he were to get playing time over Davis, but that’s unlikely unless there’s a trade of some sort. Satin remains a solid NL-only play, as there’s little to no chance that the Mets would let either Davis or Duda play against left-handers—and Satin hits them well, to the tune of a career .315/.394/.467 line. Not much else to see here, unless you enjoy staring into Anthony Recker’s eyes like Ben Lindbergh does.

Projected Rotation

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