2013 Soon to be Fantasy Studs
Let’sdiscuss which players will put your team over the top.
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I’m surewhen the headline reads: fantasy studs, there were those out there who wereeagerly awaiting seductive pictures of Gerard Butler, Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynoldsor any number of Hollywood hunks with bare midriffs and bulging biceps. But we’re talking fantasy baseball studs here so put down thelotion and put your sock back on your foot…where it belongs.
Boys thereare tons of money leagues out there to join but not all of them arereputable. If you want solid daily andweekly fantasy baseball action then get your bad self down to Draft Kings orDraft Day. The leagues run the gamutfrom just a few bucks all the way to hundreds of dollars where you choose thebest team available within a specified salary cap. Okay, let’s take a look at some players who maysurprise this season and could be worth looking out for in a live draft or in asalary cap league. Here we go boys.
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Now theobject of this exercise is not to talk about players who are going to be pickedin the first or second rounds but those who are going to contribute significantvalue to your team and may be had in the middle or late rounds.
Catcher – Jesus Montero (Mariners)
Anotheryoung gun with a world of upside especially when you consider he can and willDH on the American League based Seattle Mariners. He got hotter at the plate after the All-Starbreak, had 15 homers and 62 RBI’s last year and should keep improving.
First Base – Ryan Howard (Phillies)
Just a fewshort years ago Howard was a surefire first round pick. Trust me I know, he burned me big time. But when you go to that cheat sheet and lookback at last year’s stats you won’t see Howard because he was injuredthroughout much of last season and he will be so far down you may just forgetabout him. Don’t do it because he’shealthy and ripping the cover off the ball this spring.
Second Base – Chris Nelson (Rockies)
This is aguy who had a breakout season last year and I expect more of the same. He hit .347 at home so for those in dailyleagues or those who can get into a weekly league while the Rockies are on along homestand, this kid will give you a boost in the batting averagedepartment. Even better is that he iseligible at third base as well.
Shortstop – Jean Segura (Brewers)
This22-year-old speed burner is a bona fide base thief and will get an opportunityto show off his talents as the Brewers everyday shortstop. This kid is going to slide down the draftbecause nobody is aware of him. But now you are.
Third Base – Todd Frazier (Reds)
The27-year-old Frazier will be starting at the hot corner for the Reds this season.His rookie campaign last season was impressive with 19 dingers and 67 RBI’s,particularly when you consider he got only 422 at bats. He’ll get more as the penciled in starterwhich will lead to even better stats in 2013.
Outfielder #1 – Josh Reddick(Athletics)
His 52% flyball rate was tops in the majors which contributed mightily to his low battingaverage (when the ball goes high, usually it gets caught). But he did smack 32 dingers and tallied 85RBI’s. If you need power numbers you cando much worse than Reddick.
Outfielder #2 – Brett Gardner(Yankees)
This is theguy who will ring up the points in the stolen base category so potential ownerscan take solace that it was his elbow that was balky last season and not hisknee. Assuming he can swing a bat, he’sgoing to swipe bases all season long.
Outfielder #3 – Adam Eaton(Diamondbacks)
The kid toreup Double A and Triple A ball and had a cup of coffee at the big league levellast year. Now that Justin Upton isgone, Eaton will be Arizona’s starter at center. Sit back and watch the show.
Starting Pitcher – Jon Lester (RedSox)
I can’t waitfor the Sox ace to fall and fall and fall in the draft. He had a miserable season last year, as didthe entire team but this guy can pitch. He’s got no arm issues that we know of and he never complained of theubiquitous dead arm syndrome so thatmeans he just had an off year. He’ll beback.
Closer – Ernesto Frieri (Angels)
Technicallythe closer’s role in LA belongs to Ryan Madsen but he’s on the shelf so thelogical choice is Frieri who saved 23 of 26 games last season. He’s added a cutter and a changeup to hisrepertoire and with this Angels lineup, save opportunities will be plenty and should aslo help the Angels be a firm MLB pick through out the season as well.
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