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2014 Fantasy Projections: New York Mets

Curtis Granderson signs with the New York Mets for 4 yrs/$60 million
Curtis Granderson signs with the New York Mets for 4 yrs/$60 million

The New York Mets present an interesting opportunity for low-end fantasy grabs in 2014. Looking at their projected starting lineup, there’s not a lot of top tier talent outside of 3B. David Wright ranks as ESPN’s 3rd best 3B and 20th overall position player. Still, with a .285/20/81 slash line, you might be looking at a weaker position to draft that early, with many valuable candidates available in mid-to-lower tiers at 3B (see. Pedro Alvarez, Will Middlebrooks, Nolan Arenado).

Besides Wright, only Zack Wheeler (#128 overall, #36 SP), Daniel Murphy (#129 overall, #11 2B), and Curtis Granderson (#146 overall, #38 OF) crack the Top 150 players in the later third. Murphy will hit for average, but again I’d rather take the potential upswing with prospects like Jurickson Profar or Alexander Guerrero for a mid-round pick. Granderson provides an interesting bounce back candidate, but the transition to Citi Field’s less homer-friendly confines might make a 40- or even 30-HR yr out of reach. Chris Young isn’t a bad late round/waiver pickup either, looking back at those 20 HR/20 SB seasons for ARI in 2010-2011.

Pitching provides a more interesting sleeper category for the Mets, where workhorse Bartolo Colon and young stud Zack Wheeler are great buy low candidates. Wheeler should look to improve from his good start in 2013, with a 7.6 K/9 and a 104 ERA+. Facing two defunct offenses in PHI and MIA should help in a weakened NL East, so look for Colon and Wheeler to shine for the rebuilding Mets.