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February 7, 2014

Fantasy Team Preview

St. Louis Cardinals

by Mike Gianella


At the risk of pummeling home an obvious point, teams that advance to the World Series typically provide plenty of fantasy value across the board. The St. Louis Cardinals were no exception in 2013. Fifteen players provided double-digit Roto value in NL-only last year. Carlos Beltran left to join the New York Yankees, but with Matt Adams and Allen Craig already in the fold, Oscar Taveras waiting in the wings, and a handful of shrewd acquisitions, the Cards won’t miss a beat in 2014, and will once again be a good place for most of your fantasy shopping needs.

Projected Lineup

  1. 3B Matt Carpenter
  2. CF Peter Bourjos
  3. LF Matt Holliday
  4. RF Allen Craig
  5. 1B Matt Adams
  6. C Yadier Molina
  7. SS Jhonny Peralta
  8. 2B Kolten Wong

The Cardinals don’t really have any elite, top-of-the-pops hitters, but Holliday, Carpenter, and Molina all provide solid across the board value and are sometimes underrated in some formats as a result. If Craig can slide in at first base against left-handers and generate 600 plate appearances, he also fits the mold of a non-elite player who is still an important part of any team’s foundation.

The rest of the line-up all has double-digit earnings potential or better in fantasy. Adams will get there even if he winds up in a strict platoon while Wong will get there if he doesn’t flop in his first extended taste of big league action. Bourjos is the kind of player who typically gets overrated forever due to his potential, but is in an organization that has traditionally done a terrific job of turning other teams’ veterans around post-acquisition.

Projected Bench

Every player here with the exception of Molina-caddy Cruz is worth owning in mono-circuit leagues, but the intriguing deep-league plays here are Ellis and Jay. Ellis could wind up in a platoon with Wong, and is a nifty endgame insurance policy. Jay is behind the historically fragile Bourjos on the depth chart and should see some time spelling Craig and Holliday as well. He is one of those backups who could amass 350-400 at bats and earn $10-12 in NL-only if everything breaks right.

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