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It's easy to have regrets in fantasy baseball. When a player you spent $15 is pure garbage and that $8 player got hurt and is now sitting on the waiver wire, it's hard to not look back and agonize over the players you passed up.
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In that spirit, I've compiled the greatest hypothetical fantasy team that you could have drafted with a $260 budget, based on standard league Yahoo! prices for auction drafts. The player values I've assigned are subjective, as you might have had to spend slightly more or less money to get each player in your own league. But for all intents and purposes, this is an approximation of what the absolute best fantasy team might look like, right now:
|Catcher||Jonathan Lucroy||$8||28 runs, 4 home runs, 27 RBI, 3 steals, .335 average|
|First Base||Paul Goldschmidt||$45||47 runs, 12 home runs, 46 RBI, 4 steals, .303 average|
|Second Base||Dee Gordon||$1||33 runs, 1 homer run, 18 RBI, 36 steals, .284 average|
|Third Base||Josh Donaldson||$16||52 runs, 17 home runs, 50 RBI, 1 steal, .270 average|
|Short Stop||Troy Tulowitzki||$36||51 runs, 17 home runs, 42 RBI, 1 steal, .361 average|
|Outfield||Giancarlo Stanton||$26||46 runs, 17 home runs, 53 RBI, 4 steals, .301 average|
|Outfield||Nelson Cruz||$7||42 runs, 21 home runs, 55 RBI, 1 steal, .307 average|
|Outfield||Charlie Blackmon||$1||38 runs, 11 home runs, 40 RBI, 12 steals, .302 average|
|Utility||Jose Abreu||$11||31 runs, 17 home runs, 47 RBI, 0 steals, .255 average|
|Utility||George Springer||$3||28 runs, 12 home runs, 35 RBI, 1 steal, .251 average|
|SP||Felix Hernandez||$32||8 wins, 106 strikeouts, 2.39 ERA, 1.01 WHIP|
|SP||Stephen Strasburg||$26||5 wins, 101 strikeouts, 3.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP|
|RP||Greg Holland||$14||18 saves, 38 strikeouts, 1.46 ERA, 0.97 WHIP|
|RP||Francisco Rodriguez||$1||19 saves, 34 strikeouts, 2.08 ERA, 0.89 WHIP|
|Pitcher||Huston Street||$4||18 saves, 26 strikeouts, 1.08 ERA, 0.76 WHIP|
|Pitcher||Glen Perkins||$6||16 saves, 37 strikeouts, 2.96 ERA, 1.02 WHIP|
|Pitcher||Johnny Cueto||$8||5 wins, 97 strikeouts, 1.97 ERA, 0.79 WHIP|
|Pitcher||Masahiro Tanaka||$10||9 wins, 92 strikeouts, 2.02 ERA, 0.96 WHIP|
|Pitcher||Dallas Keuchel||$1||7 wins, 70 strikeouts, 2.50 ERA, 1.03 WHIP|
|Pitcher||Scott Kazmir||$1||7 wins, 70 strikeouts, 2.20 ERA, 0.98 WHIP|
|Pitcher||Mark Buehrle||$1||10 wins, 52 strikeouts, 2.04 ERA, 1.21 WHIP|
|Pitcher||Jason Hammel||$1||6 wins, 70 strikeouts, 2.53 ERA, 0.88 WHIP|
|Pitcher||Tim Hudson||$1||6 wins, 55 strikeouts, 1.97 ERA, 0.96 WHIP|
Obviously, you could make some different player combinations than I did. I chose Dee Gordon at second base over Brian Dozier, because of Gordon's insane steals totals; the hypothetical best fantasy team should dominate the base paths as well as in power and average. One could also argue Edwin Encarnacion instead of Goldschmidt, or Adam Wainwright instead of Strasburg. But one thing that's an absolute given: Tulowitzki. He's having an extraordinary season at one of the slimmest offensive positions in baseball.
Essentially, the point of this is just to show what everyone missed out on on draft day. And on the off chance that your team features a few these guys, you're probably doing pretty well for yourself right now.
For your consideration
• The Minnesota Twins have signed 30-year-old Kendrys Morales to be their designated hitter for the rest of the season. Morales' once-promising career skidded to a halt when he hurt his knee celebrating after hitting a walk-off grand slam in 2010, and that improbable injury kept him out for the rest of the year and much of '11, as well. In 2009, Morales hit 34 homers and drove in 108 RBI, but he hasn't approached those numbers since, and it's hard to imagine he'll approach them in Minnesota. Still, he was good for at least 22 homers and 73 RBI the past two years, so while the upside he once possessed is probably long gone, he can still be a serviceable utility hitter if you're in a deeper league.
• Oscar Taveras went 1-for-4 yesterday, and since hitting a homer in his second ever major league at-bat, the Cardinals' prospect hasn't done much of anything. He has six hits in 30 at-bats, no homers, two runs and one RBI since his first game. Don't fret though if you own him, because remember: George Springer had no homers and was hitting .224 through his first 19 games, and look at him now. Sometimes, these guys need a few weeks or months of experience before they can start raking. Taveras' upside is enormous, and regardless of what he does over the next few weeks, his owners shouldn't even consider dropping him.
• Chase Anderson got it done against the Braves, holding them to two runs over seven innings, and the Diamondbacks' young righty is now 5-0 in his first five starts, with an ERA and WHIP of 3.14 and 1.15. In a world where Scott Kazmir and Jason Hammel are potential All-Stars, Mr. Anderson could easily be a viable standard league starter at some point. However, his numbers are a tad skewed by his wins, which -- as everyone should know -- is an incredibly flukey stat, and sure enough, the Diamondbacks have somehow scored 45 runs in Anderson's five starts. The sample size is too small to make a judgment on whether or not you should own him, but if he comes out of his next start against the Dodgers unscathed, it might be time to add him.