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December 6, 2013

Fantasy Team Preview

Toronto Blue Jays

by Ben Carsley


The Blue Jays were crowned by many as the 2012-2013 offseason champions after emptying their farm system and adding four All-Star-caliber players to their roster last winter. As so often happens, the team that “won the offseason” underwhelmed during the regular season, and Toronto finished in last place in the AL East, winning just 74 games.

Injures—especially to the pitching staff—were partially to blame for Toronto’s collapse, with disappointing performances by some stars and young players contributing as well. But despite the bad taste that the 2013 Jays may have left in the collective mouths of fantasy players, there’s still plenty of talent in this organization, and that’s particularly true when it comes to hitting.

Projected Lineup

  1. SS Jose Reyes
  2. LF Melky Cabrera
  3. RF Jose Bautista
  4. 1B Edwin Encarnacion
  5. DH Adam Lind
  6. CF Colby Rasmus
  7. 3B Brett Lawrie
  8. C Dioner Navarro
  9. 2B Maicer Izturis

Don’t be dissuaded by the Jays’ lackluster 2013 campaign: This is a lineup that features five players who could finish among the top-10 performers at their respective positions, and seven players who could be rostered in just about every standard mixed league come April. Bautista is probably the most recognizable name and he remains one of the game’s more reliable sources of power, even if his 40-homer campaigns are behind him. Reyes and Encarnacion are probably the two best fantasy assets this team has to offer now, with Reyes possessing 40-steal speed and Encarnacion 35-homer power.

Rasmus, Lind, and Lawrie are tough players to peg: all have tantalizing upside, but none are sure bets to produce. Of the three, I’m still most attracted to Lawrie. Cabrera isn’t a great bet to ever repeat his outstanding 2011 and 2012 campaigns, but if he stays healthy he should be considerably better than he was in 2013. An average around .300 with double-digit homers and steals is within his reach. The recently signed Navarro will be more popular as a “sleeper” C2 option than you think. Izturis offers versatility and speed for those in AL Only leagues.

Projected Bench

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