Everyone knows about the Phillies aces, but their batting lineup is also very good and can hang with the best. With injuries to 2 of their best players, they still have some good hitters and will do some damage early on.
Ty Wigginton 3B, Juan Pierre OF, Jonathan Papelbon RP, Jim Thome 1B, Chad Qualls RP
Raul Ibanez OF, Brad Lidge RP, Ryan Madson RP, Roy Oswalt SP, Ben Francisco OF, Wilson Valdez SS
(assuming Chase Utley is not ready for opening day.)
1. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
2. Placido Polanco (3rd)
3. Shane Victorino (CF)
4. Hunter Pence (RF)
5. Ty Wigginton (1st)
6. Lance Nix (LF)
7. Carlos Ruiz (Catcher)
8. Freddy Galvis (2nd)
Projected Starting Rotation:
Jonathan Papelbon (Closer)
Hunter Pence-Pence came to the Phillies last season and hit the ball very well and with the players around him he should do very well again and put up very good numbers.
Ryan Howard-His injury scares me and his numbers have be declining the last couple of years. He is ownable when he returns but don’t expect him to put up the kind of numbers he normally would.
Potential Fantasy Sleeper
Shane Victorino-Although Victorino is known around the league, he is still a sleeper in most fantasy drafts. He is good in all areas and with the players around him, he is a fantasy stud that is under appreciated.
Editor’s Note: This article is a submission from contributor Alexander Decorte. Decorte is part of our fantasy baseball team currently in the midst of our season preview.