Fantasy Baseball Draft Help: DH

**These statistics and analysis are based on a basic 5×5 rotisserie standpoint.**

Even though he had what some people called an off year, David Ortiz still leads all DH’s in 3 out of the 5 basic categories: BA, HR (tied) & Runs. He was 2nd in RBI’s & in an unofficial stat, he led all DH’s in VORP (value over replacement players) with a score of 86, which is over 60 points higher than Vlad Guerrero. Just monitor how he recuperates after the off season surgery on his knee (and possibly his shoulder, too)!

Take a look at these stats to get a better feel for how you should draft next spring. I have listed other positions players qualify for with a minimum of 20 games played.

Fantasy Baseball Draft Preview: DH

# NAME TEAM, Other POS AVG R HR RBI SB VORP Totals
1 David Ortiz BOS   .332 116 35 117 3 86.2 271.332
2 Vladimir Guerrero ANA RF .324 89 27 125 2 62.6 243.324
3 Gary Sheffield DET   .265 107 25 75 22 30.4 229.265
4 Jim Thome CWS   .275 79 35 96 0 47.4 210.275
5 Travis Hafner CLE 1B .266 80 24 100 1 30.7 205.266
6 Johnny Damon NYY LF/CF .270 93 12 63 27 17.8 195.270
7 Frank Thomas TOR   .277 63 26 95 0 31.5 184.277
8 Jack Cust OAK RF .256 61 26 82 0 32.6 169.256
9 Sammy Sosa TEX   .252 53 21 92 0 7.0 166.252
10 Garret Anderson LAA LF .297 67 16 80 1 22.1 164.297
11 Aubrey Huff BAL 1B .280 68 15 72 1 15.8 156.280
12 Kevin Millar BAL 1B .254 63 17 63 1 14.4 144.254
13 Jose Vidro SEA   .314 78 6 59 0 24.4 143.314
14 Jonny Gomes TB LF/RF .244 48 17 49 12 7.9 126.244
15 Billy Butler* KC   .292 38 8 52 0 11.6 98.292
16 Mike Piazza OAK   .275 33 8 44 0 2.5 85.275
17 Jason Giambi NYY   .236 31 14 39 1 7.3 85.236
18 Mike Sweeney KC   .260 26 7 38 0 -0.5 71.260

As you can see, Guerrero still qualifies for both DH & RF & is your second best choice as he hits everything, strikes, balls, it just doesn’t matter to him! He’s arguably the best junk ball hitter of all time! Some others to give serious thought would be:Travis Hafner (Pronks)Jim Thome who should bounce back with a better year in 2008 and hit more HR’s &Gary Sheffield if he can stay healthy after the complications with his surgery! – his stolen bases would be a big plus as a DH!If these following players are still available in later rounds, you may want to pick one of these guys up as a back up to your DH while qualifying for other positions:Johnny Damon LF/CF – his stolen bases would be a big plus as a DH!

Jonny Gomes LF/RF

Kevin Millar 1B or

Jack Cust RF who may qualify for 1B during the year, depending on your league.

Just to name a few…

If you want my in depth opinion on a particular player, post a comment & I’ll reply to that comment with one of my own ASAP!

* Denotes that the player was a rookie in 2007

5 Comments

  1. Ken X

    November 3, 2007 at 1:00 pm

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  2. Keith

    November 6, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Travis Hafner is now 1B-eligible, or at least he is in Yahoo! leagues. A lot of people don’t realize that he will turn 31 next season, however. It is entirely possible that last season was not a fluke, and that he is simply on the downward slope of his career due to age and the injury he suffered late in 2006.

  3. Peter Schiller

    November 7, 2007 at 2:51 am

    Yes, Hafner should have been listed as 1B-eligible as well. Thank you for catching that! He is either in a decline or there’s an injury that has gone unspoken of due to the fact that they were in the ALCS. I’m sure Ortiz wasn’t the only player that was banged up in that series. Maybe he is having some lingering pain from that 2006 injury, but he is still a good bet at DH for those leagues that use that position.

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