Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 7/8/13
We are back with another installment of our weekly survey write-up. Throughout the week we received a whole bunch of responses, crunched the numbers, and now you get to see the results!These surveys can help you dominate your league in a couple ways.The results are a great way for you to lean what your competition is thinkingThe survey itself can point you in the directions of trending players, buzz worthy news, and waiver wire ideasPlus, it’s just fun!Click here to take the Week 15 survey!Now on to Week 14′s results!1) Will Matt Kemp turn his season around?Quick recap: An overwhelming majority, 64%, of fantasy players think it is only somewhat likely that Matt Kemp will turn his season around in a big way, not exactly a ringing endorsement. A smaller group, 18% for each, are either confident in a big second half surge or more of the same lackluster performance.My take: Kemp certainly hasn’t lived up to our lofty expectations this year. Chances are you drafted him in the first round and without a doubt you were expecting more. Personally, I think this is the Kemp you should expect to deal with for the rest of the season, and if you have the opportunity to trade him based on his name value I would quickly go for it. The bottom line is Kemp is currently on pace for less than double digit home runs and nowhere near enough steals or other counting numbers to make him a top option. This is no David Wright power outage with elite speed anomaly. Kemp has been struggling for the better part of two seasons now and there just don’t seem to be any signs of rejuvenation. Since his magical April of 2012, he has only hit more than 3 HR in a month once. Time to face facts folks, whether it is injury related or pitchers just figuring him out, for this season at a minimum, this is not a player to be excited about.2) Just how good will Leonys Martin be going forward?Quick recap: Overall, it seems fantasy players believe his value is going to be tied to speed, with the most common combination being projected for rest of season at 5-8HR with 12 SB.  My take: Over the last month or so Leonys Martin has been fantastic. If you haven’t noticed then start, and if he is somehow available in your league pick him up. In the last 30 days, Martin has racked up 10 SB along with 3 HR, hitting well over .300. Sure, this may just be a hot streak, but we are talking about a 25 year old with a future that seems pretty bright. He is still learning to hit lefty pitching, but in daily leagues be sure to get him in your lineup anytime he faces a righty where he is hitting .100 points higher on batting average and where all five of his homers have come. Even though he only has those 5 HR on the season, I think he has a decent shot to reach double digits by season’s end. Like our survey takers, I think the speed is going to be the main driver behind his value, but I am actually a bit more bullish on the totals. I agree with the 20% who think he is good for another 15. Overall, for this season use him for speed with a decent average, but in dynasty league you may want to target him now before he really takes off.3) Jason Castro has been a bright spot for the Astros, but how good is he really?  Quick recap: Fantasy owners overwhelmingly believe Jason Castro, is a top 10 catcher, though there are some who must think his performance thus far has been a fluke.My take: I am certainly in the believer camp when it comes to Castro. I think fantasy players have a tendency to disbelieve players new to success. I am guilty of doing this at times as well; after all it is hard to judge what we don’t know. However, when it comes to Castro this isn’t exactly out of the blue. Some other writers on our site have already pointed this out so I won’t repeat too much, but it is important to keep in mind that we are talking about a player with a top pedigree, as he was the tenth pick in the 2008 amateur draft. This potential has always been in there somewhere, and he did have a .293 BA during his four minor league seasons. Now he is a little older and a little wiser. If he had had this success in 2010 would we even be having this conversation? Probably not. We would be praising him like he was an elite prospect doing what he is supposed to do. I think it is safe to project Castro as a top 10 catcher going forward, and if he wasn’t stuck in Houston those other 35% would be too.4) Which infielder is the best bet going forward…Quick recap: Fantasy owners are really torn on this one, it was essentially a three man race between Anthony Rendon, Jedd Gy0rko (32% each), and Nick Franklin (23%). The bloom has definitely faded on Jurickson Profar who only received 9% of the vote.My take: My vote goes to Nick Franklin, and to be honest it is not all that close. I think fantasy owners may have been involved in a game of crying wolf with young Mariner hitters after the struggles of Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero, and Justin Smoak. I understand this bias, but it isn’t really fair to Franklin. He has been a top 10 MI option (2B/SS) over the past 30 days with 6 HR and 5 SB, a very good average and fairly decent R and RBI. He may not be an elite option at any one category, but he can hold his own in pretty much all them.  Can you say the same for Anthony Rendon? Heck no. I don’t understand the Rendon love. Franklin is on pace for a 20/20 season, something Rendon will come nowhere close to achieving. As for Mr. Gyorko, had he not been sidelined for so long I might be singing a different tune. His power at a weak hitting position is certainly intriguing, but I will still take Franklin’s all around production even if it means giving up a little power.  5) What round will Jason Kipnis be drafted in next year?Quick recap: This was a write in question, so there will be no fancy graph. The good news is we don’t really need one. There are basically two camps; 2nd-to-3rd rounder or 5th rounder.My Take: As you know Kipnis has been incredible this year, and we clearly all agree he is a top fantasy option regardless of position. According to the ESPN player rater he has been the top 2B for the year. So far he has shown no weak part of his game — solid power, great speed, excellent counting numbers and a high batting average. How high you would take him in a draft probably depends entirely on whether your strategy involves position scarcity or not. Personally, I was the guy always drafting Chase Utley in the first round during the late 2000’s, and then Troy Tulowitzki more recently. Based on what Kipnis has been doing thus far in 2013, I think he is going to easily be in consideration for top 2B honors for next year’s draft. Remember, Kipnis is only in his second year and just turned 26 a few months ago. When Cano was only 26 (his 4th major league season) he hit .271 with 14 HR, and when he was 27 he improved to 25 HR and a .320 BA. Kipnis, is on pace to surpass those numbers and with plenty more speed. At this point, I would probably let someone else take Cano in round one, and then scoop up Kipnis a few picks to a round later and feel great about it.Comment, ask questions or whatever you want on twitter @ANodBaseball
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