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January 6, 2014

Fantasy Team Preview

Boston Red Sox

by Ben Carsley


The Boston Red Sox won the World Series last year. They did so thanks in large part to bounce-back campaigns from many of their pitchers, career (or near-career) years from the likes of Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, full seasons from Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and David Ortiz, and an out-of-nowhere dominant season from Koji Uehara.

Despite the deep and talented team in Boston, this roster isn’t quite the fantasy goldmine you might expect. There are a ton of fantasy-relevant players here to be sure, but only a handful profiles as top-100 options heading into next season.

That being said, the Red Sox also have some of the game’s most exciting young players, many of whom on the cusp of receiving a ton of playing time. Their mix of skilled veterans, flawed but intriguing pitchers and talented prospects means this team has something for fantasy owners of every format.

Projected Lineup

  1. RF Shane Victorino
  2. LF Daniel Nava
  3. 2B Dustin Pedroia
  4. DH David Oritz
  5. 1B Mike Napoli
  6. SS Xander Bogaerts
  7. C A.J Pierzynski
  8. 3B Will Middlebrooks
  9. CF Jackie Bradley Jr.

This is a lineup with few fantasy superstars but littered with relevant fantasy contributors at every spot. Among known quantities, Pedroia is probably the best fantasy asset as a top-three second baseman, but Ortiz is a consistent top-50 fantasy player, too. Victorino is an underrated five-category contributor, while Pierzynski is a boring but consistent top-15 backstop. Napoli is a nice source of power, but a significant portion of his value is tied up in BABIP and he loses catcher eligibility this season. He’s somewhat overrated in fantasy circles.

Nava and Bradley are similar in that they’re must-owns in OBP leagues, but are fringe options in standard 5x5 formats. The former is absolutely worth a pick late in most drafts, though. Bogaerts is, in my opinion, the best fantasy prospect in the game, and has top-10 shortstop upside already. Middlebrooks comes with the biggest risk of anyone in this lineup, but he could pay huge dividends with a 25-plus homer campaign, too. He’s a divisive player, so it’s tough to peg his probable ADP or auction value.

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