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December 11, 2013

Fantasy Team Preview

Baltimore Orioles

by Paul Sporer


An 85-win follow-up to their 93-win playoff surprise was quite respectable for the Orioles, especially as many pundits had them falling off entirely. They stayed aggressive with small, but useful in-season, moves though the Red Sox and Rays proved too difficult. They have already made some similar moves this offseason to shore up their weak spots, and they still have the flexibility to make some larger-impact moves this winter to ensure another quality effort in 2014.

As is they remain a bountiful fantasy team, particularly on offense with star power and strong names at scarce positions. The pitching should deliver some solid value in the rotation while everyone waits to see who ends up replacing Jim Johnson as the team’s closer.

Projected Lineup

  1. RF Nick Markakis
  2. DH Ryan Flaherty
  3. 1B Chris Davis
  4. CF Adam Jones
  5. C Matt Wieters
  6. SS J.J. Hardy
  7. 3B Danny Valencia
  8. LF Nolan Reimold
  9. 2B Jemile Weeks

This a power-focused lineup that becomes really short on speed with the departure of Nate McLouth (Washington), though Weeks can change that if he turns things around and sticks. They have a bona fide first round pick in Davis and a fringe first-rounder with Jones depending on league size. Jones has held or added to his home run total every year in the majors while maintaining his .280-something average with mid-teens speed. He now has back-to-back 100-run seasons and he notched his first 100-RBI season in 2013, too. While some are uncomfortable with his lack of plate patience—and understandably so, to a degree—he has a six-year track record that says he doesn’t need walks to be successful.

Projected Bench

This could be a solid bench laced with former top-10 organizational prospects, but of course they are on a bench because they have failed to live up to their original hype—t least to this point. Pearce has been the best of the bunch netting some real playing time in five of the last six seasons and putting up a 100 OPS+ in his 326 PA over the last two. He’s the best bet to make a fantasy dent and it would come in AL-only leagues if at all.

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