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January 17, 2014

Fantasy Team Preview

Arizona Diamondbacks

by Paul Sporer


The Diamondbacks’ moves the last two years have been a bit peculiar and yet seemingly despite their best efforts, they still have a rather formidable team. They have established star talent, quality veteran talent, and emerging young talent. It’s far from a flawless team, but it has the makings of a contender. Additionally—and more importantly—it is ripe with fantasy goodness.

Projected Lineup

  1. CF Gerardo Parra
  2. 2B Aaron Hill
  3. 1B Paul Goldschmidt
  4. C Miguel Montero
  5. LF Mark Trumbo
  6. 3B Martin Prado
  7. RF Cody Ross
  8. SS Didi Gregorius

Parra was overexposed last year, as he was asked to face a lefty 200 times, about 150 more than he should in a given season. He has one good season against southpaws (2011) and has been rapidly declining since then, plunging from a .790 OPS to last year’s .501 embarrassment that would’ve been worse had he not achieved an 8.5 percent walk rate. He will spend 2014 platooning with Pollock, which should yield a strong leadoff combination to set the table for a bevy of impact bats.

Goldschmidt is obviously a bona fide first rounder and I strongly advocate him just behind Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera atop the draft. A full season of Hill, who has gotten on base at a 36 percent clip over the last two years, combined with the leadoff tandem, will offer plenty of opportunities for Goldschmidt to retain his title as the NL RBI leader. Prado had a .626 OPS in mid-June, but closed the season with an .840 in his final 91 games and helped a lot of patient fantasy owners with their summer surges.

The team may need to deploy Chavez as a platoon partner for Ross (shifting Prado to the outfield) if his 2013 numbers against righties are a new trend. He was more than passable with OPS totals of .740 and .729 in 2011-2012, but fell to .603 last year. Lefties have never really stood a chance against him. Ross has a career .938 OPS against them including a 1.011 mark the last two years.

Projected Bench

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