High Fives: Wish lists

Brandon Funston
Yahoo! SportsApril 15, 2005
Yahoo! Sports' trio of fantasy experts will each offer up, on a regular basis, a look at their top five lists dealing with a variety of topics.

This week's topics: Hot starts, hot commodities, historical wish lists and must-see female athletes.

5 players off to hot starts that you aren't buying into
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Jose Valentin, LAD

    This will be as good as it gets for 35-year old who has hit .260 or better just once

  2. Josh Towers, Tor
  3. Kazuhisa Ishii, NYM

    0.80 WHIP. Given that his career WHIP is nearly double that, it has a snowball's chance to last.

  4. Josh Fogg, Pit
  5. Luis Matos, Bal
  1. Jason Marquis, StL

    Helped himself with the bat; .298 BAA will come back to haunt him eventually

  2. Russ Branyan, Mil

    Big flies and big whiffs bring me back to the days of Gorman Thomas and the 80s Brewers

  3. Joe Randa, Cin
  4. Brad Wilkerson, Was

    He'll hit some bombs and drive in runs, but watch for the average to plummet

  5. Kenny Rogers, Tex
  1. Pat Burrell, Phi

    Hit .333 in May last year, under .250 from June on

  2. Brian Roberts, Bal
  3. Dontrelle Willis, Fla
  4. Gustavo Chacin, Tor

    2-0, but Oakland and Tampa Bay are hardly offensive juggernauts

  5. Edgardo Alfonzo, SF
5 players that currently top your list of players to trade for
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Nomar Garciaparra, ChC
  2. Roy Halladay, Tor
  3. Brian Giles, SD

    MLB walks leader has shown power despite low BA. And he's been a traditionally slow starter.

  4. Odalis Perez, LAD
  5. Doug Davis, Mil

    Likely still can be had cheap; 3.20 ERA in more than 270 NL innings pitched

  1. Jeremy Bonderman, Det

    Convince his owner in your league that his last outing will be the norm

  2. Jose Guillen, Was
  3. Dontrelle Willis, Fla

    Can't pitch shutouts forever, but he's primed to top his rookie brilliance

  4. Rafael Furcal, Atl
  5. Mark Mulder, StL

    Two miserable starts may spell desperation for his owner

  1. Mark Teixeira, Tex

    Traditionally a slow starter power-wise. May be had on the cheap

  2. David Wright, NYM
  3. Adam Dunn, Cin

    Supposed to run more in 2005. Has to start soon

  4. Bartolo Colon, LAA
  5. Nick Swisher, Oak
5 baseball players that you wish you could have seen perform live
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Shoeless Joe Jackson

    Want to see if reality fits the legend

  2. Satchel Paige
  3. Roberto Clemente

    He's spoken about with such reverence that he must have been a pure joy to watch

  4. Walter Johnson
  5. Babe Ruth

    Specifically, I would have liked to have been in the front row of the game he supposedly called his shot

  1. Mickey Mantle
  2. Ty Cobb
  3. Roberto Clemente

    I would have loved to see him gun down baserunners from right field

  4. Babe Ruth

    Would his legs move as fast in real life as they appear to on film?

  5. Bob Gibson
  1. Roberto Clemente

    Did it all. Arguably the best right fielder ever

  2. Babe Ruth
  3. Ted Willams
  4. Bob Gibson

    Roger Clemens looks like a teddy bear in comparison

  5. Willie Mays
5 musicians (or bands) that you wish you could have seen perform live
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Bob Marley

    Singin' sweet songs,
    Of melodies pure and true

  2. Elvis Presley
  3. Led Zepellin
  4. The Beatles
  5. Johnny Cash
  1. Elvis Presley (in the 70s)

    Ahh, the jumpsuit, "American Trilogy" and Kung Fu kicks

  2. Pink Floyd (Original Lineup)

    I saw the tour for the Division Bell. C'mon, Mr. Waters, you can use that $1 billion

  3. The Beatles
  4. The Rat Pack

    Total cop-out. I couldn't decide between the Chairman, Dean or Sammy

  5. The Police
  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Miles Davis
  3. The Beatles
  4. The Doors
  5. Nirvana
5 females in sports that you would pay to see
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Serena Williams

    I'm always fascinated every time I see her on camera

  2. Gabrielle Reece
  3. Jennie Finch
  4. Sue Bird/Lauren Jackson

    As a Seattle guy, I've got to support the home team (WNBA Seattle Storm)

  5. Gretchen Bleiler
  1. Annika Sorenstam

    Dominera: That's Swedish for dominating

  2. Jennie Finch

    Most Major League hitters won't stand in against her

  3. Pat Summit
  4. Serena Williams
  5. U.S. Women's soccer

    Packed stadiums, national interest and solid role models. Oh my, I'm growing up

  1. Michelle Wie
  2. Maria Sharapova
  3. Annika Sorenstam
  4. Serena Williams
  5. Heather Mitts

Reader response to last week's High Fives
Alright, everyone stop giving them grief about high fives. They're doing it for fun, come on. I have a comment, not a whine. Mike, why is Roger Clemens the first person you would start a team with? He's about to retire! But anyway, keep it up guys, you keep me interested. – Zack, Wethersfield, CT

Harmon response: Whether I'd get him for a year or he chose to extend his career to Nolan Ryan territory, I'd love to have that kind of influence on the rest of my squad. Whether you like him or not, Clemens' heart, tenacity and dominance cannot be denied. And that kind of influence on the youngsters is always a good thing. For as long as I'd have him on the squad, I'd have a stopper who wins in the neighborhood of 17-20 games and an extra pitching coach on staff.

I love your guys coverage of fantasy sports. A great non- fiction sports book that you guys overlooked or should check out is "Loose Balls," which is a book about the ABA basketball league. That book is a hilarious great read and should not be confused with Jayson Williams biography by the same title. – Jeb, Orfordville, WI