2013 Soon to be Fantasy Studs
Let's discuss which players will put your team over the top.
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I'm sure when the headline reads: fantasy studs, there were those out there who were eagerly awaiting seductive pictures of Gerard Butler, Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds or any number of Hollywood hunks with bare midriffs and bulging biceps. But we're talking fantasy baseball studs here so put down the lotion and put your sock back on your foot...where it belongs.
Boys there are tons of money leagues out there to join but not all of them are reputable. If you want solid daily and weekly fantasy baseball action then get your bad self down to Draft Kings or Draft Day. The leagues run the gamut from just a few bucks all the way to hundreds of dollars where you choose the best team available within a specified salary cap. Okay, let's take a look at some players who may surprise this season and could be worth looking out for in a live draft or in a salary cap league. Here we go boys.
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Now the object of this exercise is not to talk about players who are going to be picked in the first or second rounds but those who are going to contribute significant value to your team and may be had in the middle or late rounds.
Catcher - Jesus Montero (Mariners)
Another young gun with a world of upside especially when you consider he can and will DH on the American League based Seattle Mariners. He got hotter at the plate after the All-Star break, had 15 homers and 62 RBI's last year and should keep improving.
First Base - Ryan Howard (Phillies)
Just a few short 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 look back at last year's stats you won't see Howard because he was injured throughout much of last season and he will be so far down you may just forget about him. Don't do it because he's healthy and ripping the cover off the ball this spring.
Second Base - Chris Nelson (Rockies)
This is a guy who had a breakout season last year and I expect more of the same. He hit .347 at home so for those in daily leagues or those who can get into a weekly league while the Rockies are on a long homestand, this kid will give you a boost in the batting average department. Even better is that he is eligible at third base as well.
Shortstop - Jean Segura (Brewers)
This 22-year-old speed burner is a bona fide base thief and will get an opportunity to show off his talents as the Brewers everyday shortstop. This kid is going to slide down the draft because nobody is aware of him. But now you are.
Third Base - Todd Frazier (Reds)
The 27-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 starter which will lead to even better stats in 2013.
Outfielder #1 - Josh Reddick (Athletics)
His 52% fly ball rate was tops in the majors which contributed mightily to his low batting average (when the ball goes high, usually it gets caught). But he did smack 32 dingers and tallied 85 RBI's. If you need power numbers you can do much worse than Reddick.
Outfielder #2 - Brett Gardner (Yankees)
This is the guy who will ring up the points in the stolen base category so potential owners can take solace that it was his elbow that was balky last season and not his knee. Assuming he can swing a bat, he's going to swipe bases all season long.
Outfielder #3 - Adam Eaton (Diamondbacks)
The kid tore up Double A and Triple A ball and had a cup of coffee at the big league level last year. Now that Justin Upton is gone, Eaton will be Arizona's starter at center. Sit back and watch the show.
Starting Pitcher - Jon Lester (Red Sox)
I can't wait for the Sox ace to fall and fall and fall in the draft. He had a miserable season last year, as did the entire team but this guy can pitch. He's got no arm issues that we know of and he never complained of the ubiquitous dead arm syndrome so that means he just had an off year. He'll be back.
Closer - Ernesto Frieri (Angels)
Technically the closer's role in LA belongs to Ryan Madsen but he's on the shelf so the logical choice is Frieri who saved 23 of 26 games last season. He's added a cutter and a changeup to his repertoire 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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