January 26, 2012 posted by Albert Lang

2012 Fantasy Baseball SP Rankings – H2H

2012 Fantasy Baseball SP Rankings – H2H
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Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays SP

I like Jeremy Hellickson, I swear, but he’s not going to redefine what we think about BABIP. His was .223 last year and he had an 82% strand rate (now the Rays typically have a great bullpen, but still). I don’t think he’ll fall of a cliff, but his ERA will be closer to 4.00 than 3.00. Still, he should take a step forward in the K-department (maybe to 150+) and should post a respectable 1.25 WHIP. He’s a good young pitcher, and his best years are to come, I just wouldn’t pay for them in 2012.

Similarly, I find it hard to get excited by Jaime Garcia. He maintained solid numbers last year while throwing 30 more innings, however the quantity just isn’t quite there. He seems like a 150 K guy to me, with decent but not exceptional ratios (3.70 ERA, 1.30 WHIP). If you’re going to strike-out so few batters, I’d look for a Tim Hudson-esque ERA. As it stands, it’s nice to own Garcia, but he isn’t more than a back of the rotation type.


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Albert has been playing and arguing about baseball and fantasy sports since 2002. Since 1982, he has also been largely miserable (here’s looking at you Armando Benitez) because of the Orioles and Eagles. Albert has won leagues and lost leagues, but he has the most fun debating player values. Albert typically plays in several baseball and football leagues a year. He also is an avid baseball card collector and writes about older players and their historical value relative to the Hall of Fame and their peers/current players. When not harassing league mates with trades and analyzing what categories his team performs poorly in, Albert is a communications professional in Washington, D.C. Follow Albert on Twitter @h2h_corner. He has an awesome puppy named Charlotte. You can find all of Albert's work at

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