Friday, September 26, 2008

Position eligibilty changes for 2009

As the 2008 season winds down, now would be a good time to start looking at position eligibility changes, especially if you are in a keeper league. Here are some of the more important changes to be aware of going into your 2009 drafts depending on your league's position eligibility requirements (Yahoo! and ESPN):
  • B.J. Upton (OF) no longer qualifies at 2B.
  • Ryan Braun (OF) no longer qualifies at 3B.
  • Miguel Cabrera should qualify at 1B and 3B (14 GP) in most formats.
  • David Ortiz played zero games at 1B and should only qualify as a DH.
  • Chone Figgins no longer qualifies in the OF (0 GP) and may not qualify at 2B (9 GP). Is his value diminished as a 3B only?
  • Ty Wigginton loses 1B (0 GP) and 2B (0 GP) eligibility. His value is marginal as a 3B/OF.
  • Garrett Atkins, Hank Blalock, Jorge Cantu, Chris Davis, Aubrey Huff, Kevin Youklis, and Casey Blake should all qualify at 1B/3B. Blake no longer qualifies at OF (0 GP).
  • Carlos Guillen loses his SS eligibility but but gained 1B/3B status this season.
  • Russell Martin (C/3B), Pablo Sandoval (C/1B/3B) and Brandon Inge (C/3B/OF) can be valuable players to own in leagues with shallow benches but larger rosters.
  • Blake DeWitt (2B/3B) has filled in quite nicely for the injured Jeff Kent and may be an inexpensive solution for 2009 considering Kent will be a free agent.
  • Clint Barmes (2B/3B/SS), Jeff Baker (1B/2B/3B), and Ian Stewart (2B/3B) will battle it out this spring to join Helton, Tulo and Atkins in the Rockies infield.
  • Lance Berkman no longer qualifies as an outfielder (0 GP).
  • Willy Aybar and Ronnie Belliard each should qualify at 1B/2B/3B and could be valuable at the MI position.
  • Adam Dunn, Conor Jackson, Nick Swisher, and Chris Duncan should all be 1B/OF eligible.
  • Joey Votto (1B), Billy Butler (1B), and Bill Hall (3B) will each lose their outfield eligibilties.
  • Mark DeRosa (2B/3B/OF) and Alexei Ramirez (2B/SS/OF) each have hit 20 HRs and should continue to be a strong play at 2B.
  • Will Felipe Lopez (2B/3B/SS/OF), Alfredo Amezaga (2B/3B/SS/OF), Willie Harris (2B/3B/OF) or Omar Infante (2B/3B/SS/OF) have any fantasy value next season?
I hope I covered most of the important eligibilities to be aware of going into 2009. Be sure to check your provider's requirements for games played prior to your draft(s). Lastly, don't forget about those relief pitchers that qualify as starting pitchers, especially if your league has statistics like holds or a ratios like K/9. They are valuable commodities to own.


Anonymous said...

Alex Gordon (1b, 3b) - Does he lose the 1B ?!

Thanks for anyone that can help.
Appreciate the input.

Ben Lea, staff blogger said...

He's likely to, yes. No games at 1B, 1 at DH, 130 at 3B.

Kevin said...

Great post, dude, thanks so much for this valuable info....

Daniel Aubain said...

I had Gordon losing his 1B eligibility on my notepad while researching this article but couldn't imagine teams were utilizing him at 1B. His 3B status will help him still qualify at a CI or IF position in large roster leagues.
I bought into Gordon as a "sleeper" this season so hard that I drafted him in eight leagues (that's right, EIGHT) with an ADP of about 123rd. I was hoping for much better than .261/16/58/7 though.

Bob Taylor said...

I had Gordon tagged as a sleeper, but he was nabbed super early in all leagues I played in. Thanks for saving me the trouble, other managers!