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January 10, 2014

Fantasy Team Preview

San Diego Padres

by Craig Goldstein


The best thing the Padres have going for them in real life is depth. Of course that just clouds the picture when it comes to fantasy. Still, the Padres have a reservoir of talent at the minor-league level, with enough of it bubbling toward the surface that they are of interest to deep leaguers. They have enough useful pieces at the major league level to be of interest to shallow players as well, with Chase Headley’s resurgence and Carlos Quentin’s good health being the keys to a lineup that struggled to produce counting stats in 2013. While one of those things will be sure to fail us going forward (Quentin’s health), the other has a good chance of staying true.

A relatively quiet offseason means that the Padres aren’t drastically different than they were before. The additions of Joaquin Benoit and Seth Smith add depth (there’s that word again), but lack impact. There were no waves made about the closer role, and the outfield picture only got murkier. Health will be paramount though, as a seemingly inordinate number of position players, pitchers and prospects have seen the disabled list in recent years. Still though, this Padres team seems the same as previous incarnations, with much of the talent (and fantasy value) being provided by the pitching staff.

Projected Lineup

1. SS Everth Cabrera
2. CF Will Venable
3. 3B Chase Headley
4. LF Carlos Quentin
5. 1B Yonder Alonso
6. 2B Jedd Gyorko
7. RF Seth Smith
8. C Nick Hundley
9. Starting Pitcher

The lineup is best where it should be: at the top. These are certainly flawed players, but it’s where the interest lies for the common fantasy players. Everth Cabrera should be around for a full season now, and plying his normal wares (stolen bases). Venable gets the nod over the enigmatic Cameron Maybin, with the former producing more, for less hype than the latter. Venable is basically the nice power speed combo Maybin was supposed to be. The single most important question for the whole roster might just be whether Chase Headley can bounce back. 2013 is sure to leave a sour taste in the mouths of many, but he still drew walks and his strikeout rate rose, but not to dizzying heights. I would count on Headley for a bounce back—perhaps not to his 30-homer peak, but to his previously productive self. The bottom of the lineup could be interesting depending on playing time, though Gyorko is the only must-own for me, as he displayed impressive power for a middle infielder. The issue, of course, is depth. It’s good for the Padres but bad for fantasy, as a constantly rejiggered lineup means fewer full-time players for us to utilize. So it goes for the likes of Smith, Alonso, Denorfia, Maybin, and Blanks.

Projected Bench

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