|2007 Fantasy Takes: The Toronto Blue Jays||| Print ||
Written by Chris Wilson (Contact & Archive) on April 02, 2007
The Jays are not really a Fantasy powerhouse team. One of the reasons for that is they’re not particularly fast as a team, and are conservative on the basepaths. There are some solid Fantasy choices to be sure, but not a lot of Fantasy depth.
Roy Halladay (SP): Roy is one of the most reliable aces in the league. He’ll be good for 200+ innings with very good ERA and WHIP numbers, and will be near the league lead in Wins. The one thing he won’t give is a ton of strikeouts. He’ll only be about average in that regard, so if you take Halladay as you ace, it would be wise to take a higher strikeout pitcher or two later on if you can. Don’t read much into the injuries he’s had over the past couple years. They mainly been random injuries rather than chronic type injuries, and he’s had no difficulties returning to form.
Vernon Wells (CF): Wells is a borderline top tier talent. Certainly, if he performs like last year, he’s worthy of an early pick. One key for him will be maintaining the increased stolen base totals from last year. He is certainly fast enough to keep his steals up, the question is more whether he’ll continue to run, as the Jays are notably conservative baserunners. If he does run, his fifteen to twenty steals to go with his strong skills in other areas make him one of the better five category outfielders.
Troy Glaus (3B): Glaus is a prototypical power hitting thirdbaseman. He won’t hit for much average, and no longer steals as much as he once did, but if you’re looking for power, you can’t go wrong with Troy. If he’s healthy, he’ll hit 35 Homers to go along with solid Runs and RBI. He is an injury risk, however. Last year he did a good job of staying in the lineup, but the addition of Frank Thomas takes away the option of using him at DH when he’s aching.
Alex Rios (RF): Rios appears to be emerging as a solid five category player. He’s a big, athletic guy who started showing some power last year, but the extent of his power potential this year is uncertain. At a minimum, expect a solid batting average with double digit homers and steals. If his power development continues, he’ll be just a notch below team mate Vernon Wells as a five category talent, and available much later.
The Third Tier:
Frank Thomas (DH): A definite health risk, and a regression risk due to his age. There is no question the man can hammer baseballs if he’s healthy. The question is whether he can stay on the field. He’ll either be a 35 homerun premium power source, or a DH clogger. Draft him at your own risk.