by Moonlight Graham
There was a huge shift in the universe last week as the boys from the Hausier’s Krowedum Fantasy Baseball League sat down at the Manor Restaurant for their annual draft. The three time defending champion Master Batters, huge proponents of spending early picks on outfielders, turned their attention instead to the new position of power in Fantasy Baseball; the Corner Infield; especially First Base.
That Evan Longoria was the object of the Batters’ affection in the first round of their Fantasy Baseball Draft was indication of a huge change at the top of Fantasy Baseball rankings as well as the direction in which many Fantasy Baseball owners are headed this season in assembling their teams. To be sure, studs still reside at the top of the Outfield list but not in the abundance with which we’ve become accustomed over recent years.
“You have to adjust on the fly, both before and during a Fantasy Draft”, said Batters’ owner, Bobby Carr. “We’ve made our living by loading up on Outfielders before people realized waiting was foolish. But, this year, that theory just didn’t hold up. We’d have been much weaker had we waited on the Corner Infielders than the outfield. We just thought we’d be much stronger with Longoria and Justin Upton than with Matt Kemp and Aramis Ramirez.”
Now, who is Moonlight to question a squad that has won six of its league’s last eight titles? Let’s take a look at the Outfielders available in 2010.