March 1, 2013 posted by Paul Greco

Top 5 Questions For Reds

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Top 5 questions for Cincinnati Reds

Will Aroldis Chapman start or close?

No matter what Chapman’s role is in 2013, he will be very valuable to your fantasy squad. As a closer last year he put up numbers that would include him amongst the elite in the game. Chapman converted 38 saves and compiled 122 strikeouts in just 71.7 innings last year and walked only 23 batters. He was brought into the Reds organization from Cuba to be a starter but it’s hard to argue his numbers out of the bullpen. If he is named a starter he has the potential to put up some amazing numbers, just be careful because this year he will more than likely have a strict innings cap. That being said, if the Reds let him loose for 150 innings he could easily put up 200 strikeouts. The fact that the Reds signed Jonathan Broxton only furthers the idea of Chapman being placed in a starting role. Either way, because of his role uncertainty, draft Chapman to fill your “P” slot as opposed to either a “SP” or a “RP.”

Can Todd Frazier be a viable fantasy option at 3B?

Frazier had a very good season last year as a rookie. Not too many people gave him credit for what he did because Bryce Harper overshadowed all other rookies. Frazier finished second in the voting as he blasted 19 home runs in just over 400 at-bats. He proved he has pop in his bat but he also supported a 36/103 BB/K ratio which will need improvement if he is going to help out in the RBI category. Right now Frazier is a nice backup to have on your bench, but until he improves on his walk rate his upside will be limited.

Is Jay Bruce worth a second round pick?

Do not be shy about taking Bruce in the second round. OF is a thin position this year and it is hard to find someone with as much potential as this kid. At 25 years old, Bruce is showing everyone why the Reds were so excited when they drafted him in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft. At the age of 21, Bruce made his major league debut and hit 21 home runs in just over 100 games. Every year since then he has increased both his home run and RBI total, just missing his first 100 RBI season last year by driving in 99. Bruce hit 35 home runs and scored nearly 90 times last year, and he is only getting better. Like most power hitters Bruce does strike out a little too much but it is hard to argue against the 69 extra base hits he recorded a season ago. It is very possible he may drop to the third round and if he is available grab him. A 40 home run season is not out of the question in 2013 for the youngster.

Is Brandon Phillips over the hill?

Hardly. With names like Cano, Kipnis, Kinsler and Pedroia out there it’s easy to forget about Brandon Phillips. Phillips has been of the most consistent players at his position, hitting 18 home runs in each of the past three seasons. He also averaged 15 steals and over 90 runs during that span. Last year, he was without Joey Votto for a large chunk of the season and still managed to touch home plate 86 times. The addition of Shin-Soo Choo will create more RBI opportunities for Phillips which gives him a nice fantasy boost. Expect another 15-15 season from him with the possibility of 70-75 RBI’s and right around 100 runs scored.

Is Homer Bailey worth stashing in your league?In deep mixed leagues and NL only leagues Bailey is worth a flier. Overshadowed by Matt Latos and Johnny Cueto Homer Bailey had a very solid season. He finished with a very respectable 3.68 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP, both career bests. Bailey is only 26 and is looking better and better each year. 2013 could be the year where he puts it all together, and with the lineup the Reds have put together will score a bunch of runs for him. Bailey has 15 win potential and will provide you with a better than average K/9 ratio and can make for a nice sleeper this year.

Paul finished the 2011-2012 Fantasy Football season as the #1 Weekly Rankings & Projections winner of the 411Fantasy Expert Challenge. He also finished 2nd in the Expert Draft Accuracy Challenge in 2011. Top 10 Finisher in the FSWA Fantasy Football Draft Projections. Paul is also apart of baseballs elite as a member of Tout Wars. You can follow me on Twitter @PaulGreco

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