Commentary

Ravitz: Jose Reyes will bounce back

Updated: January 5, 2010, 12:21 PM ET
By Nate Ravitz | ESPN.com

"There's always next year," they say. Well, next year is here. We surveyed ESPN's fantasy staff to find out a bit about what they think is in store for fantasy owners in 2010.

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Reality check

Your fondest sports wish for 2010 is:
The same as last year, the Jets in the Super Bowl.

Why will this happen/not happen?
Whether it happens or doesn't, the answer is the same: Mark Sanchez.

Any sport, who is your biggest sleeper pick for 2010?
Brett Anderson

Any sport, which player do you fear will let you down, but you feel compelled to keep drafting him anyway? Jay Bruce

Which player has let you down one too many times and is now "dead to you"?
None. No matter how much you hate a player, if he has value, there's always an appropriate price to pay.

Let's talk football

Who will be …

the first quarterback drafted in fantasy football leagues? Drew Brees
the first running back? Chris Johnson
the first wide receiver? Larry Fitzgerald
the first rookie? C.J. Spiller
the NFL MVP? Tom Brady
the fantasy football MVP (most value for draft position)? Jay Cutler
fantasy football's leading scorer? Aaron Rodgers

The name game …
Which player would you rather draft in 2010?

Frank Gore or Ray Rice? Rice
Terrell Owens or LaDainian Tomlinson? Tomlinson
DeSean Jackson or Brandon Marshall? Jackson
Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates? Gates
Jay Cutler or Kyle Orton? Cutler
Fred Jackson or Jonathan Stewart? Stewart
Knowshon Moreno or Beanie Wells? Moreno
Shonn Greene or LeSean McCoy? McCoy
Miles Austin or Roddy White? Austin
Steve Smith or Steve Smith? Panthers

Playing with numbers:
Predict the 2010 stat.

Tom Brady's passing touchdowns: 33
Michael Vick's total touchdowns: 4
Adrian Peterson's total yards: 2,000
Chris Johnson's total yards: 2,100.
Terrell Owens' touchdowns: 6
Brett Favre's games played: 0
Kurt Warner's games played: 0
Matt Forte's average draft position: 19

Play ball!

Who will be …

the second player taken in fantasy leagues? Hanley Ramirez
the first starting pitcher? Tim Lincecum
the first closer? Joe Nathan
the second catcher? Victor Martinez
the AL MVP? Alex Rodriguez
the NL MVP? Albert Pujols
the AL Cy Young? Felix Hernandez
the NL Cy Young? Roy Halladay
the AL Rookie of the Year? Brett Wallace
the NL Rookie of the Year? Jason Heyward
the fantasy baseball MVP (most value for draft position)? Carlos Gonzalez
the highest-rated player on Player Rater? Albert Pujols

The name game …
Which player would you rather draft in 2010?

Hanley Ramirez or Alex Rodriguez? Ramirez
Tim Lincecum or Zack Greinke? Lincecum
Roy Halladay or Chris Carpenter? Halladay
Ryan Braun or Matt Kemp? Kemp
Yovani Gallardo or Josh Johnson? Gallardo
Prince Fielder or Ryan Howard? Fielder
Adam Lind or Josh Hamilton? Lind
Aaron Hill or Ben Zobrist? Zobrist
Evan Longoria or Mark Teixeira? Longoria
Mariano Rivera or Jonathan Broxton? Broxton

Playing with numbers:
Predict the 2010 stat.

Roy Halladay wins: 19
Cliff Lee wins: 16
Mark Reynolds home runs and batting average: 37 and .248
Joe Mauer's batting average and home runs: .345 and 22
Chone Figgins and Ichiro Suzuki's stolen bases: Figgins: 42 Ichiro: 31
Matt Capps saves: 18
Javier Vazquez wins, ERA and WHIP: 15, 4.35 and 1.28
Stephen Strasburg's wins, ERA and WHIP: 8, 3.05 and 1.30
Grady Sizemore's HR/SB: 28/24
Alfonso Soriano's average draft position: 75

Mad gabs

Fill in the blanks to formulate 10 predictions for 2010. Do not limit yourself to football or baseball.

•  In 2010, Joba Chamberlain will cease to be a topic of discussion for fantasy baseball.
•  There is no way that Aaron Hill will hit 35-plus homers again.
•  Kenny Britt will be this year's Sidney Rice.
•  If the Colts win the Super Bowl then they'll feel really dumb for benching Peyton.
•  Tim Tebow will be the next big sports star to not make the transition to the pros.
•  There will be two players who have as bad a 2010 as Tiger had a 2009
•  … but only one player who permanently retires because of it.
•  Matthew Berry will get married.
•  This is the year that Pod Vader finally gets a big-name celebrity guest for the Fantasy Focus podcast.
•  2010 will forever be remembered as the year that Brett Favre retired.

Have we missed anything?

What question do you wish you had been asked on this survey?
Who let the dogs out?

And the answer is?
We did.

What question are you glad you weren't asked?
Will Jose Reyes rebound to top-5 fantasy status?

Sucker! Now you have to answer.
Yes.

Nate Ravitz is the deputy editor for ESPN.com Fantasy and co-hosts -- along with Matthew Berry -- the Fantasy Focus baseball and football podcasts.