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February 12, 2014

Fantasy Team Preview

Miami Marlins

by Paul Sporer


There isn’t a lot of fantasy value on this team, sure to be a bottom feeder again, but what they do have could be very high-impact.

Projected Lineup

1. 2B Rafael Furcal
2. LF Christian Yelich
3. RF Giancarlo Stanton
4. 1B Garrett Jones
5. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
6. CF Marcell Ozuna
7. 3B Casey McGehee
8. SS Adeiny Hechavarria
9. Pitcher

Stanton is obviously the prime attraction and his upside alone is still worthy of second-round consideration. You certainly aren’t getting him if you wait until the third. It’s not hard to imagine a 50-homer season, but obviously he needs to stay healthy. Both Yelich and Ozuna bring intrigue, though they both have platoon issues. Of course, that puts Yelich ahead, since he handles righties while struggling against southpaws.

I have to ding Salty with the stadium change. Six of his homers were of the “just enough” variety by Hit Tracker Online, and now he’s going to a home park with 65 (LHB) and 75 (RHB) home-run park factors. The switch-hitter hit 12 of his 14 homers as a lefty last season. He had a .372 BABIP driving his .273 AVG and he’s a career .246 hitter otherwise. Losing just a couple of homers and regressing his AVG back down to the .240ish level saps a lot of his value.

Jones can have some NL-only value if the Marlins platoon him like the Pirates did. Furcal and McGehee haven’t played in the majors since 2012 and haven’t been effective in the majors since 2010.

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