Posted: Thu February 28, 2013 12:35PM; Updated: Fri March 22, 2013 3:20PM
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Fantasy baseball 2013 Top 300 rankings and projections

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No.1 fantasy baseball player Mike Trout

The fantasy baseball season is almost upon us. Are you ready? Spring Training is in full swing, which means it's time to set your draft board and prepare for your league.

There's no debate about the No. 1 player on our board -- that honor belongs to Angels outfielder and five-tool stud Mike Trout after his historic rookie season -- but as always, plenty of other questions abound. How will the latest whiff of PED scandal impact Brewers star Ryan Braun? Is Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg finally ready to put together a fantasy-MVP season? Can the Braves score enough runs to produce top-20 outfield seasons from Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and B.J. Upton? Will Reds flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman wind up in the rotation or bullpen with a likely innings cap in play? Does Rays super-prospect Wil Myers deserve the hype -- and a spot in your lineup? Etc., etc., etc.

Whether you're in a Rotisserie or head-to-head league, start preparing for your draft with SI.com's 2013 Top 300, featuring player rankings sortable by position and team as well as stat projections for the upcoming season. Check out our additional expert preview analysis, including our position primers (C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | DH | SP | RP), team previews, burning questions and more.

PRINTABLE DRAFT KIT: Top 300 Cheat Sheet | Position Rankings Cheat Sheet

Note: Parentheses around a position indicate anticipated eligibility at that spot. Players with eligibility at more than one position will be listed in each of the respective position charts. Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist is the only player in our Top 300 with eligibility at three positions (second, short and outfield).

Rankings By Position
Rankings By Team
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Houston Astros
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Los Angeles Angels
  • Minnesota Twins
  • New York Yankees
  • Oakland Athletics
  • Seattle Mariners
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Texas Rangers
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Miami Marlins
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • New York Mets
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • San Diego Padres
  • San Francisco Giants
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Washington Nationals
Rankings By League
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    Mike TroutMike TroutLos Angeles AngelsOutfielder
    Avg
    .306
    HR
    32
    RBI
    100
    R
    115
    SB
    50
    OPS
    .911

    Not everyone will be confident enough to select Trout No. 1 overall, and we cannot necessarily extrapolate what he'll do during a full season by looking at his rookie stats. But make no mistake: He is the new king of the five-tool players. Even a slight regression from his 2012 production will make Trout too valuable to pass up in 2013, especially if he moves down to a run-producing spot in the Angels' beefy batting order.

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    Ryan BraunRyan BraunMilwaukee BrewersOutfielder
    Avg
    .313
    HR
    35
    RBI
    110
    R
    105
    SB
    27
    OPS
    .950

    Last year, this consistent monster showed he wasn't daunted by losing protection in the lineup after Prince Fielder left for Detroit or by the cloud of scandal after Braun controversially won his PED suspension appeal. Even if his steals decline as he ages another year, his power numbers make him a beast in all formats.

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    Miguel CabreraMiguel CabreraDetroit TigersThird Base
    Avg
    .320
    HR
    35
    RBI
    120
    R
    105
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .990

    Triple Crowns don't come often -- in fact, Cabrera's was the first of the fantasy era -- so he'll be hard-pressed to match the feat. But even if this slugger fails to deliver another historic season, he'll still be the reliable average hitter, run producer and power hitter on whom fantasy owners have come to rely.

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    Matt KempMatt KempLos Angeles DodgersOutfielder
    Avg
    .295
    HR
    33
    RBI
    105
    R
    105
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .925

    If not for last season's hamstring injury and an offseason shoulder 'scope, the multidimensional Kemp would likely be No. 1 on most draft boards. As it is, anticipate a healthier season from Kemp and outstanding production with more protection in a loaded Dodgers lineup. If he stay in the lineup, Kemp should deliver another huge year.

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    Andrew McCutchenAndrew McCutchenPittsburgh PiratesOutfielder
    Avg
    .299
    HR
    30
    RBI
    100
    R
    105
    SB
    25
    OPS
    .920

    A slow finish left only a slight blemish on what otherwise was a breakthrough season for the 26-year-old Pirates outfielder. McCutchen is just now entering his prime, and his supporting cast is getting better by the day. His combination of speed and power easily make him a top-five outfielder and a fantasy first-rounder.

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    Robinson CanoRobinson CanoNew York YankeesSecond Base
    Avg
    .300
    HR
    30
    RBI
    100
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    100
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    3
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    .880

    Amid Alex Rodriguez's ongoing issues and with most of the Yankees continuing to age, Cano will be asked to do more of the heavy lifting this season. He is fully capable of obliging, and his run production at the thin second-base position makes him someone fantasy owners can comfortably target in the middle of Round 1.

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    Albert PujolsAlbert PujolsLos Angeles AngelsFirst Base
    Avg
    .300
    HR
    35
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    110
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    105
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    7
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    1.000

    It seemed like Pujols was declining last April and May, but the rest of the way he looked like his usual self. Top-tier free agents tend to return to form in Year 2, so don't let Pujols fall out of Round 1. He'll be a reliable fantasy force once again now that he's comfortable in Los Angeles.

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    Carlos GonzalezCarlos GonzalezColorado RockiesOutfielder
    Avg
    .300
    HR
    25
    RBI
    95
    R
    95
    SB
    25
    OPS
    .885

    CarGo has delivered some big years, but injuries and inconsistencies have kept him from being a true fantasy force. Now at the prime age of 27, he can take that next step into the rare fantasy stratosphere. He is a more important pick in Rotisserie formats because of his balance across the categories, but he should be picked among the top five outfielders in all formats.

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    Joey VottoJoey VottoCincinnati RedsFirst Base
    Avg
    .316
    HR
    30
    RBI
    100
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    100
    SB
    7
    OPS
    .968

    It might seem like Votto's fantasy numbers have declined each of the past three seasons, but he has actually become arguably the toughest out in baseball. The question is whether he can stay healthy for a full season again. If he does, while playing in that ballpark, look out. His potential makes him a must-get before the end of Round 1.

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    Josh HamiltonJosh HamiltonLos Angeles AngelsOutfielder
    Avg
    .295
    HR
    37
    RBI
    118
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    94
    SB
    7
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    .910

    Free agents usually don't play up to their expectations in Year 1, and there are myriad reasons to be concerned about how Hamilton might perform this season, but the Angels' lineup is just too impressive to allow Hamilton to stay down for long. He should be the third Angel off the board, around the turn between Rounds 1 and 2.

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    Prince FielderPrince FielderDetroit TigersFirst Base
    Avg
    .287
    HR
    35
    RBI
    104
    R
    85
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    1
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    .943

    Like Albert Pujols, Fielder should improve in the second year with his new club. That's a particularly compelling possibility with Fielder, who had a great first season in Detroit. Hitting behind the defending Triple Crown winner, Fielder should deliver even more in the power categories this year.

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    Stephen StrasburgStephen StrasburgWashington NationalsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    20
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    24
    ERA
    2.94
    WHIP
    1.100
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    265
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    0

    His ranking as the No. 1 pitcher on this board will surely raise some eyebrows, but no other arm can match Strasburg's strikeout total if he is really allowed to "pitch without restriction" this year. (The Nats made that claim this winter before backing off and saying Strasburg will pitch around 200 innings.) If the Nats allow Strasburg to approach 250 innings, he could deliver 300 strikeouts.

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    Justin VerlanderJustin VerlanderDetroit TigersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    18
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    26
    ERA
    2.89
    WHIP
    1.100
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    229
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    0

    This horse rarely has a bad outing, and he also has the support of a potent lineup to help get him victories. The bullpen is a little suspect, which might force Verlander to be his own closer. And while the power righty is no stranger to going the distance, the tenuous relief situation increases the risk of him being run into the ground. Still, he's easily a top-three starting pitcher.

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    Clayton KershawClayton KershawLos Angeles DodgersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    16
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    25
    ERA
    2.80
    WHIP
    1.140
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    230
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    0

    Kershaw will probably be the first pitcher off the board in many leagues. If the big-budget Dodgers jell quickly, the most dominant lefty in the big leagues will be well positioned to earn the victories to match his already impressive ERA, WHIP and strikeout marks. He should come off the board early in Round 2 in all formats.

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    Giancarlo StantonGiancarlo StantonMiami MarlinsOutfielder
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    39
    RBI
    100
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    80
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    5
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    .955

    Even in a huge pitcher's park and with an entirely new lineup around him, Stanton will still challenge for the homer lead. Already a behemoth, Stanton still has room to grow -- and that's a scary thought. If someone doesn't bite on the homer potential in Round 1, it won't be long before he's off the board in Round 2.

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    Buster PoseyBuster PoseySan Francisco GiantsCatcher/First Base
    Avg
    .314
    HR
    22
    RBI
    97
    R
    80
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    2
    OPS
    .883

    Posey is arguably one of the top five players in baseball, but in fantasy he's a victim of his position. Catchers just cannot be expected to handle the 162-game grind like other position players, so resist the temptation to pick Posey in Round 1. History hasn't been kind to catchers taken that early, and no matter how high you are on Posey, he isn't worth the risk.

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    Jose BautistaJose BautistaToronto Blue JaysOutfielder
    Avg
    .253
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    33
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    105
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    88
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    5
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    .897

    Just when we thought we could trust Bautista as a first-round pick, he turns into an injury bust in 2012. He still has league-leading power potential, even if he is coming off offseason wrist surgery. Consider Bautista a second-rounder, albeit with more risk than ever.

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    Bryce HarperBryce HarperWashington NationalsOutfielder
    Avg
    .289
    HR
    26
    RBI
    95
    R
    100
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .890

    It took all of one season for Harper to be considered an elite fantasy outfielder. It isn't necessarily the numbers he produced as a rookie so much as his potential for growth. An expected move to the No. 3 hole in the order should make Harper a rock-solid second-round pick in all formats.

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    Jose ReyesJose ReyesToronto Blue JaysShortstop
    Avg
    .290
    HR
    10
    RBI
    52
    R
    105
    SB
    35
    OPS
    .780

    Reyes might have lost some .050 points off his batting average from 2011-12, but he proved capable of playing 160 games at one of the most physically demanding positions in baseball. Reyes should be the No. 1 shortstop off the board, especially in Rotisserie leagues, even if some dislike his slap-hitting and fear the effects of his move to Toronto.

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    Troy TulowitzkiTroy TulowitzkiColorado RockiesShortstop
    Avg
    .292
    HR
    28
    RBI
    91
    R
    80
    SB
    10
    OPS
    .868

    Tulo is the ultimate "what if" player. If he can stay healthy for a full season, he'll perform like an early first-rounder at one of the thinnest positions in fantasy. As things stand, however, owners have to assume the injury risk and consider Tulowitzki a second-rounder at best.

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    Evan LongoriaEvan LongoriaTampa Bay RaysThird Base
    Avg
    .276
    HR
    32
    RBI
    105
    R
    92
    SB
    7
    OPS
    .877

    It's hard to imagine that we've already seen the best of the 27-year-old Longoria. Coming off an injury-plagued year and just now entering his prime, Longoria might be on the verge of a career year. There remains some risk because Longoria hasn't stayed healthy for a full season the past two years, but he's primed for a comeback campaign.

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    Jason HeywardJason HeywardAtlanta BravesOutfielder
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    30
    RBI
    95
    R
    105
    SB
    25
    OPS
    .855

    With B.J. and Justin Upton in town, the Braves' bolstered outfield should be the best unit in fantasy, and Heyward is the most intriguing of them all. He will bat second for the Braves, which will allow him to develop as an all-around hitter. He won't just be a slugger. A .300/30/100/100/30 campaign is not out of the question this year.

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    Starlin CastroStarlin CastroChicago CubsShortstop
    Avg
    .297
    HR
    15
    RBI
    80
    R
    90
    SB
    30
    OPS
    .761

    After his third season in the majors, it might seem like Castro is leveling off. Remember, though, that Castro is only going to be 23 on Opening Day. He is now a middle-of-the-order shortstop, one of the few in baseball. This could be Castro's breakthrough season across the board. He's got a high enough ceiling to justify a late second-round pick.

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    David PriceDavid PriceTampa Bay RaysStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    17
    QS
    25
    ERA
    3.16
    WHIP
    1.120
    K
    210
    SV
    0

    Some might argue Price belongs among our top three pitchers, especially coming off his breakthrough season, but the team around him just isn't as good as those other squads are. These Rays will leave Price very little margin for error. Even so, Price is a top-five ace who has to be picked before the end of Round 2. He's still elite.

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    David WrightDavid WrightNew York MetsThird Base
    Avg
    .300
    HR
    20
    RBI
    90
    R
    90
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .880

    Now 30, Wright might never again be the player he was in his mid-20s, but his hitting skills still rate him as the second-best third baseman in fantasy. There's no shame in checking in second behind Miguel Cabrera, and Wright is still an elite option at a position with a growing number of run producers. Whether in the second or third round, Wright should bring solid value at his draft position.

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    Felix HernandezFelix HernandezSeattle MarinersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    25
    ERA
    3.22
    WHIP
    1.210
    K
    215
    SV
    0

    Some might consider King Felix a candidate to be the top pitcher off the board; we're cautiously putting him in our top five. The fences are moving in at Safeco Field, which may or may not affect him. Either way, an improved lineup might get him more run support than ever, so he should be among the first 25 players drafted.

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    Ryan ZimmermanRyan ZimmermanWashington NationalsThird Base
    Avg
    .285
    HR
    27
    RBI
    100
    R
    100
    SB
    5
    OPS
    .860

    Zimmerman doesn't necessarily come to mind when thinking about elite fantasy options, but he is the centerpiece of a top contender's lineup and is smack-dab in his prime at age 28. There are older third basemen coming off better years, but none have Zimmerman's room to blossom into a megastar.

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    Adrian BeltreAdrian BeltreTexas RangersThird Base
    Avg
    .299
    HR
    30
    RBI
    100
    R
    89
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .879

    Beltre has performed like a fantasy star the past three seasons, but his age and the loss of Josh Hamilton could mean a decline is on the horizon. Beltre will have more heavy lifting to do this year, but we can't be sure that he'll be the same dominant player he was the past three years.

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    Adrian GonzalezAdrian GonzalezLos Angeles DodgersFirst Base
    Avg
    .294
    HR
    25
    RBI
    105
    R
    80
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .870

    Shoulder woes can sap a slugger's power, but it isn't a fantasy death sentence for a hitter like it is for a pitcher. Homers can return along with the strength. Gonzalez should be more comfortable out west, and a big-budget lineup should keep him among the most productive run producers in baseball, at any position.

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    Edwin EncarnacionEdwin EncarnacionToronto Blue JaysFirst Base
    Avg
    .264
    HR
    30
    RBI
    100
    R
    89
    SB
    10
    OPS
    .874

    Encarnacion probably won't last until Round 3 in most leagues coming off his 42-homer, 110-RBI breakthrough, but this ranking is a function of trust -- or lack thereof. This late-bloomer needs to show some year-to-year consistency to prove he's really a first- or second-round pick. Round 3 is where risk meets reward.

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    Jacoby EllsburyJacoby EllsburyBoston Red SoxOutfielder
    Avg
    .295
    HR
    19
    RBI
    70
    R
    110
    SB
    35
    OPS
    .800

    Ellsbury's rise at age 27 and collapse at 28 rate as two of the biggest fantasy surprises from the past couple of years. The reality is that Ellsbury is somewhere in between those two showings as a fantasy player. More valuable in Rotisserie because of the steals, the brittle Ellsbury should rebound from his lost 2012 to perform like a top 12 outfielder.

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    Justin UptonJustin UptonAtlanta BravesOutfielder
    Avg
    .285
    HR
    25
    RBI
    94
    R
    105
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .832

    Upton is a much better player than he showed last year, so the move to a pitcher's park won't stop him from improving on his 2012 stats. The former Diamondbacks star has one of the highest ceilings in fantasy and is a dynamite pick after Round 2.

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    Paul GoldschmidtPaul GoldschmidtArizona DiamondbacksFirst Base
    Avg
    .278
    HR
    25
    RBI
    100
    R
    90
    SB
    17
    OPS
    .840

    The D'backs showed their faith in the maturation of this 25-year-old slugger when they traded away Justin Upton this winter. Goldschmidt isn't a sure thing given where he will be picked on draft day, but his career projection makes him a high-upside pick late in Round 3.

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    Billy ButlerBilly ButlerKansas City RoyalsFirst Base
    Avg
    .300
    HR
    25
    RBI
    100
    R
    75
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .830

    We have waited years for the power to finally come and, in 2012, the Butler did it. He barely retains eligibility at first base after playing 20 games there a year ago, but he turns just 27 this season and is entering his prime. There could be even more growth to come from this quietly impressive slugger.

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    35
    Player
    Matt HollidayMatt HollidaySt. Louis CardinalsOutfielder
    Avg
    .300
    HR
    25
    RBI
    100
    R
    90
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .900

    Holliday's greatness lies not only in his numbers, but in his year-to-year consistency. He's disappointed very few fantasy owners over the years. He's at a dangerous age (33), but there's little reason to expect a decline just yet.

  36. Rank
    36
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    $23
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    14
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    36
    Player
    Adam JonesAdam JonesBaltimore OriolesOutfielder
    Avg
    .285
    HR
    28
    RBI
    85
    R
    95
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .823

    Jones is coming off a career year at age 27, so we should fully expect him to perform among the top 15 outfielders this season. He'll suffer through some streaks, but the hot periods tend to get longer and the cold bits shorter with age. Jones is ripe for another big year.

  37. Rank
    37
    Auction
    $23
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    2
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    37
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    18
    Overall
    37
    Player
    Ian KinslerIan KinslerTexas RangersSecond Base
    Avg
    .272
    HR
    23
    RBI
    90
    R
    90
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .810

    The Rangers decided they would keep Kinsler at second base for at least the start of the season, which will make him the second pick at the position -- albeit a distant second to Robinson Cano. Josh Hamilton's departure will heap more run producing responsibilities on Kinsler, but if Kinsler can get his average back up to .290, he's fully capable of giving more than he's delivered in recent years.

  38. Rank
    38
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    $23
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    3
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    38
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    38
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    19
    Overall
    38
    Player
    Dustin PedroiaDustin PedroiaBoston Red SoxSecond Base
    Avg
    .297
    HR
    15
    RBI
    80
    R
    85
    SB
    17
    OPS
    .820

    The Red Sox might have collapsed, but Pedroia is one of the few members of that team who remains productive year-to-year. Consider him neck-and-neck with Kinsler as the fallback option at second for those who miss on Robinson Cano in the first round. Pedroia should benefit from Jacoby Ellsbury's return atop Boston's order.

  39. Rank
    39
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    $22
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    6
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    39
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    1
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    39
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    20
    Overall
    39
    Player
    Cole HamelsCole HamelsPhiladelphia PhilliesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    23
    ERA
    3.00
    WHIP
    1.100
    K
    215
    SV
    0

    Hamels has taken the torch from Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee as the Phillies' top fantasy ace, so don't be overly concerned about those winter rumors of a sore shoulder. He's the best pitcher after the top five, but there is a significant gap between that first five and the next five.

  40. Rank
    40
    Auction
    $22
    Rank
    7
    Overall
    40
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    4
    Overall
    40
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    20
    Overall
    40
    Player
    Jered WeaverJered WeaverLos Angeles AngelsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    18
    QS
    25
    ERA
    2.95
    WHIP
    1.050
    K
    175
    SV
    0

    Weaver might have lost some starts, innings and strikeouts a year ago, but he won 20 games for the first time and remained as effective as ever. The Angels' potent lineup should get him plenty of run support, so Weaver is a rock-solid ace after the top five elite arms are off the board. He might not strike out 200 batters, but his wins, ERA and WHIP are on par with anyone's.

  41. Rank
    41
    Auction
    $22
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    8
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    41
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    41
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    21
    Overall
    41
    Player
    Matt CainMatt CainSan Francisco GiantsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    23
    ERA
    2.83
    WHIP
    1.060
    K
    189
    SV
    0

    Short of winning the Cy Young, Cain delivered a dream season at age 27. He has that kind of potential every year, so draft him among the top eight pitchers. Cain's only drawback is that the Giants' offense doesn't give him as much run support as other fantasy aces can expect, which might cap his victory potential at 16 instead of 20.

  42. Rank
    42
    Auction
    $22
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    9
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    42
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    42
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    42
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    21
    Overall
    42
    Player
    Joe MauerJoe MauerMinnesota TwinsCatcher/First Base
    Avg
    .323
    HR
    10
    RBI
    88
    R
    85
    SB
    7
    OPS
    .873

    Some are down on Mauer, but he set career highs in games and at-bats a year ago. Since Buster Posey will demand a price higher than many are willing to pay, Mauer can be a poor man's choice multiple rounds later. Mauer is the No. 2 catcher on our board and a must-get for Rotisserie owners who tend to come up short in the batting-average category.

  43. Rank
    43
    Auction
    $22
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    15
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    43
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    2
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    43
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    22
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    43
    Player
    Jay BruceJay BruceCincinnati RedsOutfielder
    Avg
    .255
    HR
    35
    RBI
    100
    R
    90
    SB
    8
    OPS
    .830

    Bruce frustrates some because of his low batting average and high strikeout totals, but he will turn just 26 this season and he could be due for a huge breakthrough across the fantasy board. He is just now entering his prime, and in that ballpark and that lineup, 40 homers and 120 RBI are not out of the question.

  44. Rank
    44
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    $21
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    9
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    44
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    3
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    44
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    22
    Overall
    44
    Player
    Yu DarvishYu DarvishTexas RangersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    17
    QS
    20
    ERA
    3.60
    WHIP
    1.250
    K
    210
    SV
    0

    In the fantasy era, Japanese pitchers have tended to make big splashes in Year 1 only to regress thereafter. We have a hunch Darvish will buck the trend. He can get better, especially in his age-27 season. The Rangers still have a solid offense, so Darvish could be a big winner.

  45. Rank
    45
    Auction
    $21
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    10
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    45
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    45
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    23
    Overall
    45
    Player
    Chris SaleChris SaleChicago White SoxStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    16
    QS
    20
    ERA
    2.90
    WHIP
    1.130
    K
    205
    SV
    0

    Sale is a potential victim of the Year-After Effect, having seen his innings total jump alarmingly after moving from relief to the rotation. But if you let him slid too far, you'll miss out on one of the best young lefties in baseball. The good news is, Sale already proved capable of approaching 200 innings, unlike some more experienced starters.

  46. Rank
    46
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    $21
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    11
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    46
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    46
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    23
    Overall
    46
    Player
    Cliff LeeCliff LeePhiladelphia PhilliesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    22
    ERA
    3.15
    WHIP
    1.150
    K
    200
    SV
    0

    The Phillies' offensive collapse a year ago hit Lee the hardest, as he won just six of his 30 starts. Consider that a statistical anomaly and expect a rebound for Lee and the Phillies in the wins column. Lee's ratios were good last season, so he remains one of the top 12 starters in fantasy.

  47. Rank
    47
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    12
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    47
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    47
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    24
    Overall
    47
    Player
    Gio GonzalezGio GonzalezWashington NationalsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    17
    QS
    21
    ERA
    3.25
    WHIP
    1.200
    K
    205
    SV
    0

    The 27-year-old Gonzalez was a smashing success in his first year in the NL, but he could face a suspension after his name surfaced in a PED probe. That uncertainty makes him one of the riskiest picks at one of the riskiest positions. If he pitches the whole year, though, Gonzalez has the potential to be as good as anyone in fantasy.

  48. Rank
    48
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    $21
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    6
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    48
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    48
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    25
    Overall
    48
    Player
    Aramis RamirezAramis RamirezMilwaukee BrewersThird Base
    Avg
    .285
    HR
    25
    RBI
    97
    R
    82
    SB
    6
    OPS
    .848

    Ramirez has long been one of the steadiest forces at the roller-coaster third base position. The consistency keeps him among the top 50 picks in fantasy, even if he turns 35 this season and doesn't have much lineup protection with the Brewers. If you're a fantasy owner that likes to avoid potential breakdowns, the aged Ramirez might not be your guy.

  49. Rank
    49
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    $21
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    10
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    49
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    3
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    49
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    26
    Overall
    49
    Player
    Freddie FreemanFreddie FreemanAtlanta BravesFirst Base
    Avg
    .285
    HR
    25
    RBI
    90
    R
    90
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .850

    Still just 23 years old, Freeman is on the verge of big things. A bolstered Braves lineup should mean plenty of RBI opportunities, even if he hits lower in the order than his talent suggests he should. Freeman is one of the burgeoning stars at first base, but still might fall out of the top 10 at the position. If that happens in your league, consider him a high-upside steal and pounce.

  50. Rank
    50
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    $21
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    16
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    50
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    24
    Overall
    50
    Player
    Michael BournMichael BournCleveland IndiansOutfielder
    Avg
    .272
    HR
    3
    RBI
    51
    R
    95
    SB
    51
    OPS
    .704

    Bourn was left on the free-agent market for a long time this winter, but don't let that dissuade you from drafting him. He is still one of the best stolen base merchants in fantasy. Consider him a must-get in Rotisserie if you miss out on the five-category talents who draw big bucks in auctions.

  51. Rank
    51
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    $21
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    17
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    25
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    51
    Player
    Yoenis CespedesYoenis CespedesOakland AthleticsOutfielder
    Avg
    .290
    HR
    25
    RBI
    95
    R
    79
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .860

    Although his solid rookie year was overshadowed by Mike Trout, Cespedes should deliver a monster campaign in Year 2 at the prime age of 27. We're projecting him to match his 2012 stats, but he can easily grow into much more. Many people are anticipating a huge season from Cespedes, though, which could make it tough to get him for proper value on draft day.

  52. Rank
    52
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    52
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    4
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    52
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    27
    Overall
    52
    Player
    Craig KimbrelCraig KimbrelAtlanta BravesRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    2
    QS
    0
    ERA
    1.75
    WHIP
    0.900
    K
    115
    SV
    45

    Kimbrel is the No. 1 closer in fantasy, and the top reliever tends to go right after the first 50. Closers have been notoriously erratic the past two years -- even Mariano Rivera went down -- so a steady stud like Kimbrel can be an invaluable asset. He might be the lone sure thing at the volatile position, but Aroldis Chapman will be nipping at his heels for top honors if he remains the Reds closer for a full season.

  53. Rank
    53
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    $21
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    13
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    28
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    53
    Player
    Aroldis ChapmanAroldis ChapmanCincinnati RedsRelief Pitcher (Starting Pitcher)
    Wins
    5
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.00
    WHIP
    0.900
    K
    110
    SV
    40

    Chapman was going to be one of the toughest players to evaluate this spring, but he said he wants to close and manager Dusty Baker agreed. The Reds have longed wanted to see what he can do as a full-season starter, but it would be dangerous to stretch his young arm out that quickly. Instead, the Reds will keep him at closer -- with Jonathan Broxton back to a setup role -- and make it easy on fantasy owners. Chapman is a close No. 2 at the closer position to Craig Kimbrel.

  54. Rank
    54
    Auction
    $21
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    11
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    54
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    18
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    54
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    5
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    54
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    26
    Overall
    54
    Player
    Mark TrumboMark TrumboLos Angeles AngelsOutfielder/First Base
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    30
    RBI
    99
    R
    69
    SB
    5
    OPS
    .815

    He won't be the first, second or even third slugger drafted from the Angels, but he just might be the best fourth-option in all of fantasy baseball by year's end. The 27-year-old is capable of 35-40 homers and 100-120 RBI batting behind the likes of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. His double eligibility at first and outfield is a mere bonus.

  55. Rank
    55
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    $20
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    19
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    55
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    5
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    55
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    29
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    55
    Player
    B.J. UptonB.J. UptonAtlanta BravesOutfielder
    Avg
    .250
    HR
    20
    RBI
    85
    R
    80
    SB
    27
    OPS
    .758

    This Upton's average will likely always be a drag, but his speed/power combo keeps him among the top 20 outfielders to target. This could be a career year for Upton in the RBI category, since he will be hitting behind his brother, Justin, in the middle of a stacked Braves lineup.

  56. Rank
    56
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    $20
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    14
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    56
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    27
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    56
    Player
    CC SabathiaCC SabathiaNew York YankeesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    17
    QS
    20
    ERA
    3.35
    WHIP
    1.200
    K
    195
    SV
    0

    For some reason, it looks like Sabathia's consistent excellence might be undervalued in drafts this spring. Sure, he won just 15 games last season, but he lost just six and can return to his elite status if he stays healthy. His year-to-year consistency should account for something, which is why we we have him among the top 15 starters to target on draft day.

  57. Rank
    57
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    $20
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    15
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    57
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    57
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    30
    Overall
    57
    Player
    Johnny CuetoJohnny CuetoCincinnati RedsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    16
    QS
    23
    ERA
    2.99
    WHIP
    1.150
    K
    175
    SV
    0

    This Dominican Dandy is coming off a career year and is going to be at the prime age of 27 this season. The Reds figure to again be one of the top contenders in baseball, so a healthy Cueto can challenge for the wins lead and the NL Cy Young. He has finally proven capable of topping 200 innings, a sign of a fantasy ace.

  58. Rank
    58
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    $20
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    16
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    58
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    2
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    58
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    31
    Overall
    58
    Player
    Adam WainwrightAdam WainwrightSt. Louis CardinalsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    16
    QS
    23
    ERA
    3.16
    WHIP
    1.210
    K
    199
    SV
    0

    Wainwright is coming off a slightly disappointing year by his lofty standards, but Year 2 after Tommy John surgery tends to be a bit better. It was remarkable to see what Wainwright accomplished after missing all of 2011. Expect this 31-year-old workhorse to deliver numbers closer to his career norms.

  59. Rank
    59
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    17
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    59
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    3
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    59
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    32
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    59
    Player
    Madison BumgarnerMadison BumgarnerSan Francisco GiantsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    21
    ERA
    3.21
    WHIP
    1.125
    K
    195
    SV
    0

    Bumgarner has been overshadowed by the excellence of teammates Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum in recent seasons. But Bumgarner, 23, is potentially as good as either and younger, too. Consider him one of the rock-solid top 20 aces of fantasy -- and one with arguably as much room to grow as anyone other than Stephen Strasburg.

  60. Rank
    60
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    $19
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    20
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    60
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    2
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    60
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    28
    Overall
    60
    Player
    Alex RiosAlex RiosChicago White SoxOutfielder
    Avg
    .278
    HR
    23
    RBI
    90
    R
    90
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .789

    Rios is coming off the best season of his career, but he has been a bit of a fantasy enigma. He is one of those "even year" players who alternates between good and bad seasons. So while he might not appeal to the superstitious fantasy player, Rios should still rank as one of the top 20 outfielders on draft boards.

  61. Rank
    61
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    $19
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    3
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    61
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    3
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    61
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    33
    Overall
    61
    Player
    Jonathan PapelbonJonathan PapelbonPhiladelphia PhilliesRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    4
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.65
    WHIP
    1.090
    K
    85
    SV
    35

    Sometimes you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Just ask the Boston Red Sox, who couldn't wait to rid themselves of Papelbon, then saw him save 38 games in Philly last season. Papelbon is one of the few constants at the inconsistent closer spot, and the Phillies should do an even better job of getting him save chances than they did a year ago.

  62. Rank
    62
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    $19
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    4
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    62
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    2
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    62
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    29
    Overall
    62
    Player
    Jason KipnisJason KipnisCleveland IndiansSecond Base
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    16
    RBI
    75
    R
    90
    SB
    29
    OPS
    .738

    At 25, Kipnis is helping to revitalize the fantasy relevance of the second-base position. His age gives him a pretty good chance to improve on his 2012 numbers, when he hit 14 homers and stole 31 bags, especially if he can get his average closer to .280. Consider him a top-five second baseman, and a player with plenty of room to grow.

  63. Rank
    63
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    $18
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    4
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    63
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    3
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    63
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    34
    Overall
    63
    Player
    Jason MotteJason MotteSt. Louis CardinalsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    3
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.88
    WHIP
    1.070
    K
    74
    SV
    41

    Motte came into his own with 42 saves a season ago, which slots him easily among the top five closers in baseball. The Cardinals are a solid contender with a pitching staff that can get Motte ample save chances, and the converted catcher is now more pitcher than thrower. There might be some debate about which closers to pick after Craig Kimbrel, but rest assured Motte is in the elite mix.

  64. Rank
    64
    Auction
    $18
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    5
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    64
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    5
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    64
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    35
    Overall
    64
    Player
    Rafael SorianoRafael SorianoWashington NationalsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.80
    WHIP
    1.050
    K
    60
    SV
    41

    The Nationals loved what they saw when Soriano stepped in to replace Mariano Rivera last season, so much so that they gave the ex-Yankee a free-agent contract befitting a closer. At his introductory press conference, the bat-breaking Soriano was anointed the Nats' closer ahead of young Drew Storen and veteran Tyler Clippard. Closing for the Nationals is arguably one of the best situations in baseball, so Soriano is now a top-five option at the position.

  65. Rank
    65
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    $18
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    12
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    65
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    4
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    65
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    36
    Overall
    65
    Player
    Allen CraigAllen CraigSt. Louis CardinalsFirst Base/Outfielder
    Avg
    .300
    HR
    21
    RBI
    90
    R
    75
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .863

    Craig is smack-dab in his prime, which means he''s on the verge of big things. He was so surprisingly good last season that the Cardinals hardly missed a beat without Albert Pujols in their lineup. Craig doesn't have the highest ceiling, but his solid numbers from a year ago (.307/22/92) make him a first base starter in all fantasy leagues.

  66. Rank
    66
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    $18
    Rank
    7
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    66
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    4
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    66
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    37
    Overall
    66
    Player
    Pablo SandovalPablo SandovalSan Francisco GiantsThird Base
    Avg
    .295
    HR
    21
    RBI
    84
    R
    65
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .843

    Kung Fu Panda has done some great things in this league already at the age of 26, but we're still left wondering what kind of damage he could really do if he ever put a full season together. Panda's soft body has made him an annual injury risk, but his numbers when he plays are elite. Sandoval turns 27 this season, and it might be the year in which he finally puts it all together. Consider him a top 10 option at third base.

  67. Rank
    67
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    $18
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    8
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    67
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    4
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    67
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    30
    Overall
    67
    Player
    Brett LawrieBrett LawrieToronto Blue JaysThird Base
    Avg
    .278
    HR
    20
    RBI
    82
    R
    92
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .782

    Lawrie came into his first full season in the majors amid massive hype. Now, he enters his second full season with plenty to prove. Lawrie alienated enough fantasy players last season to slip a bit this year, but don't be afraid to grab him and start him at third, corner infield or DH. The elite talent is there; he just needs to harness it.

  68. Rank
    68
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    $17
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    22
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    68
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    5
    Overall
    68
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    38
    Overall
    68
    Player
    Hunter PenceHunter PenceSan Francisco GiantsOutfielder
    Avg
    .285
    HR
    23
    RBI
    99
    R
    85
    SB
    7
    OPS
    .799

    While Pence never became the elite player some expected, he has been remarkably consistent since bursting onto the fantasy scene in 2007. Pence can hurt you in batting average, and he no longer steals double-digit bases, but he still rates among the top 25 outfielders in fantasy.

  69. Rank
    69
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    $16
    Rank
    23
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    69
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    3
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    69
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    31
    Overall
    69
    Player
    Curtis GrandersonCurtis GrandersonNew York YankeesOutfielder
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    31
    RBI
    90
    R
    80
    SB
    8
    OPS
    .834

    When it rains in New York, it pours. The days of leaning on Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira are gone, and now Granderson will miss at least the first quarter of the season with a broken arm. He'll fall in drafts, but once Granderson is healthy the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium will make him one of the must-have power bats in fantasy. If you can stomach six weeks of goose eggs to start the year, he's worth stashing.

  70. Rank
    70
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    $16
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    18
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    70
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    6
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    70
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    39
    Overall
    70
    Player
    Tim LincecumTim LincecumSan Francisco GiantsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    17
    ERA
    3.32
    WHIP
    1.230
    K
    215
    SV
    0

    Lincecum is the latest poster boy for why drafting pitchers at a premium can be dangerous in fantasy. Lincecum was one of the biggest non-injury busts a year ago, before proving to be a dominant reliever in the postseason. His playoff performance suggests he's not through being a fantasy ace, so consider him among the top 20 starters to target in drafts. Despite diminished velocity, he can still rebound to be an elite ace again.

  71. Rank
    71
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    $16
    Rank
    19
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    71
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    5
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    71
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    32
    Overall
    71
    Player
    R.A. DickeyR.A. DickeyToronto Blue JaysStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    22
    ERA
    3.45
    WHIP
    1.333
    K
    192
    SV
    0

    The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner checks in at 75th overall and 20th among starters. Clearly, like the Mets (who dealt Dickey this winter), we don't trust the knuckle-baller to sustain the ridiculous dominance he has displayed for the past couple of seasons. Dickey can be a winner for the stacked Blue Jays, but he's best drafted with caution.

  72. Rank
    72
    Auction
    $16
    Rank
    20
    Overall
    72
    Rank
    6
    Overall
    72
    Rank
    6
    Overall
    72
    Rank
    40
    Overall
    72
    Player
    Kris MedlenKris MedlenAtlanta BravesStarting Pitcher/Relief Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    19
    ERA
    3.20
    WHIP
    1.135
    K
    158
    SV
    0

    Too many people are going to look up the dominant numbers Medlen posted after his return to the rotation (and from Tommy John surgery) and believe he warrants being drafted as an elite starter. That would be a mistake. Medlen didn't cool off last season because he didn't see enough starts. Medlen's good, but not as good as he showed last year. With eligibility at relief and starting pitcher, he rates as a top-25 pitcher, but don't expect his 2012 stats to project across a full year.

  73. Rank
    73
    Auction
    $15
    Rank
    5
    Overall
    73
    Rank
    2
    Overall
    73
    Rank
    41
    Overall
    73
    Player
    Aaron HillAaron HillArizona DiamondbacksSecond Base
    Avg
    .272
    HR
    25
    RBI
    81
    R
    90
    SB
    13
    OPS
    .807

    If not for inconsistent seasons in 2010 and '11, Hill would be a lot higher in our rankings. As things stand, however, we can't be sure which Hill will show up this season. We cautiously anticipate seeing the Hill who hit 26 dingers and batted .302 last year, but we could get the one who hit eight homers and batted .246 in '11. It's a risk, but Hill's pop makes him a top-five option at the thin second base position.

  74. Rank
    74
    Auction
    $15
    Rank
    3
    Overall
    74
    Rank
    4
    Overall
    74
    Rank
    33
    Overall
    74
    Player
    Victor MartinezVictor MartinezDetroit TigersCatcher
    Avg
    .303
    HR
    17
    RBI
    89
    R
    70
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .839

    Martinez is going to be one of the trickiest hitter to evaluate on draft day. He should retain catcher eligibility in all leagues, since he played more than 20 games there during his most recent season in the majors (2011), so consider him a viable pick among the top 80. Martinez has had plenty of time to recover from the ACL injury that cost him last season, so he should return to being one of the better run producers in baseball once he knocks off the early rust. He will serve as the Tigers' primary DH and back up Alex Avila behind the plate.

  75. Rank
    75
    Auction
    $15
    Rank
    4
    Overall
    75
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    2
    Overall
    75
    Rank
    34
    Overall
    75
    Player
    Matt WietersMatt WietersBaltimore OriolesCatcher
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    25
    RBI
    80
    R
    70
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .780

    Wieters, who will turn 27 this season, has emerged as one of the best run-producing catchers in baseball. He's in his prime and hasn't suffered any notable injuries to date. Consider him a top-five catcher and feel comfortable reaching up a round to grab his premium production at a thin position.

  76. Rank
    76
    Auction
    $15
    Rank
    6
    Overall
    76
    Rank
    4
    Overall
    76
    Rank
    24
    Overall
    76
    Rank
    3
    Overall
    76
    Rank
    35
    Overall
    76
    Player
    Ben ZobristBen ZobristTampa Bay RaysSecond Base/Shortstop/Outfielder
    Avg
    .265
    HR
    20
    RBI
    80
    R
    90
    SB
    12
    OPS
    .824

    If you value versatility, Zobrist is your man. He's the only player in the Top 300 with eligibility at three positions, including two that are among the toughest to fill in fantasy (second and short). On the surface, his numbers might not warrant a top-80 selection, but his versatility increases his value considerably. The Rays figure to play him regularly in the outfield, but can occupy a number of spots on your fantasy roster.

  77. Rank
    77
    Auction
    $15
    Rank
    7
    Overall
    77
    Rank
    4
    Overall
    77
    Rank
    36
    Overall
    77
    Player
    Fernando RodneyFernando RodneyTampa Bay RaysRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.10
    WHIP
    1.100
    K
    65
    SV
    31

    If Rodney were still 25, he might be the top closer taken. But he's 35, and last season's breakthrough come out of nowhere after years of inconsistency. He posted ERAs in the 4.00s for five seasons before last year's eye-opening 0.60. He was too good to ignore last season, so he should be among the first five relievers selected, but don't expect him to maintain that All-Star form.

  78. Rank
    78
    Auction
    $15
    Rank
    8
    Overall
    78
    Rank
    3
    Overall
    78
    Rank
    37
    Overall
    78
    Player
    Jim JohnsonJim JohnsonBaltimore OriolesRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.87
    WHIP
    1.100
    K
    44
    SV
    37

    Johnson has found his niche as a stopper for the Orioles, a team that tends to play tight games that are won in the late innings by the bullpen. Johnson doesn't carry the name or arm of other elite fantasy closers, but he represents a steady option at a volatile position.

  79. Rank
    79
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    5
    Overall
    79
    Rank
    5
    Overall
    79
    Rank
    42
    Overall
    79
    Player
    Yadier MolinaYadier MolinaSt. Louis CardinalsCatcher
    Avg
    .299
    HR
    17
    RBI
    72
    R
    60
    SB
    8
    OPS
    .835

    Those who draft solely based on last season's numbers are bound to bite on Molina too soon. Sure, he's in his prime and is one of the few catchers who plays nearly everyday, but his 2012 numbers were too hot to be reliably repeatable. Even if he's not in '12 form, Molina remains a top-five catcher.

  80. Rank
    80
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    13
    Overall
    80
    Rank
    6
    Overall
    80
    Rank
    3
    Overall
    80
    Rank
    38
    Overall
    80
    Player
    Carlos SantanaCarlos SantanaCleveland IndiansCatcher/First Base
    Avg
    .255
    HR
    24
    RBI
    75
    R
    75
    SB
    4
    OPS
    .806

    Santana, who turns 27 in April, is entering the most important season of his young career. If he can get his batting average up to even .275 and his power returns to its pre-2012 level, he can be one of the three best catchers in fantasy. He has considerable upside and value given his draft position.

  81. Rank
    81
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    25
    Overall
    81
    Rank
    2
    Overall
    81
    Rank
    39
    Overall
    81
    Player
    Alex GordonAlex GordonKansas City RoyalsOutfielder
    Avg
    .295
    HR
    20
    RBI
    85
    R
    95
    SB
    12
    OPS
    .813

    Gordon looked like a bust until two years ago; now, many fantasy players are back on the bandwagon. The Royals seem to concur, trading uber-prospect Wil Myers to the Rays while keeping Gordon in their plans. Coming off a two-season span in which he scored 194 runs, drove in 159, mashed 37 homers, stole 27 bases and batted .298, Gordon ranks among the top 25 outfielders in fantasy.

  82. Rank
    82
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    26
    Overall
    82
    Rank
    5
    Overall
    82
    Rank
    40
    Overall
    82
    Player
    Desmond JenningsDesmond JenningsTampa Bay RaysOutfielder
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    17
    RBI
    65
    R
    100
    SB
    35
    OPS
    .733

    If you're looking for the next big thing for Rotisserie leagues in the speed and power departments, Jennings is your guy. The 26-year-old Ray is a potential 20/40 outfielder entering his prime. This could be a big breakthrough year for him in Tampa.

  83. Rank
    83
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    21
    Overall
    83
    Rank
    4
    Overall
    83
    Rank
    43
    Overall
    83
    Player
    Roy HalladayRoy HalladayPhiladelphia PhilliesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    16
    ERA
    3.31
    WHIP
    1.215
    K
    181
    SV
    0

    Halladay's age, wear and tear finally showed last season. He had been a model of health and dominance for the six prior years, but all the innings have added up and taken the zip out of his shoulder. He is no longer an elite starter, but he could provide value as a sleeper if the reports of mid-80s velocity this spring force him out of the top 20 starters.

  84. Rank
    84
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    22
    Overall
    84
    Rank
    5
    Overall
    84
    Rank
    41
    Overall
    84
    Player
    Max ScherzerMax ScherzerDetroit TigersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    16
    QS
    21
    ERA
    3.89
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    227
    SV
    0

    Scherzer has 133 career starts to his name, but has yet to surpass 200 innings. If he can control his pitch count and work deeper into games, he can approach 250 strikeouts, which would move him among the fantasy elite. He fanned a career-high 231 last year in his age-27 season, and considering his strikeout potential and status on a postseason contender, he could become a top-10 pitching option as soon as this year.

  85. Rank
    85
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    23
    Overall
    85
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    3
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    85
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    44
    Overall
    85
    Player
    Yovani GallardoYovani GallardoMilwaukee BrewersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    25
    ERA
    3.64
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    200
    SV
    0

    Because he has yet to post an ERA in the low-3.00s, Gallardo is a bit underappreciated as a fantasy ace. He's good for 200-plus strikeouts every year, a claim few can make. Gallardo ranks among the top 25 fantasy starters as things stand and would be 10-15 spots higher if he played for a contender and stood to win more games.

  86. Rank
    86
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    24
    Overall
    86
    Rank
    4
    Overall
    86
    Rank
    45
    Overall
    86
    Player
    Zack GreinkeZack GreinkeLos Angeles DodgersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    20
    ERA
    3.59
    WHIP
    1.219
    K
    196
    SV
    0

    Greinke, once on the verge of quitting baseball because of a social-anxiety disorder, has around $150 million reasons to be thankful he didn't. Greinke might not win another Cy Young, but his solid, steady starts make him a reliable fantasy commodity. He has to be picked among the top 25 starting pitchers.

  87. Rank
    87
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    25
    Overall
    87
    Rank
    5
    Overall
    87
    Rank
    46
    Overall
    87
    Player
    Mat LatosMat LatosCincinnati RedsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    20
    ERA
    3.42
    WHIP
    1.160
    K
    187
    SV
    0

    Latos has pitched three full seasons, but remains something of a mystery. But at the age of 25 and with a 3.30 ERA over those seasons, he's clearly got the potential to be a true fantasy ace. He might not win 20 games or hit 200 strikeouts, but he's on a winning team and should be considered one of the top 25 pitchers to target on draft day.

  88. Rank
    88
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    9
    Overall
    88
    Rank
    4
    Overall
    88
    Rank
    42
    Overall
    88
    Player
    Joe NathanJoe NathanTexas RangersRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    2
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.89
    WHIP
    1.110
    K
    70
    SV
    35

    Nathan rewarded the Rangers' unbridled faith in him by proving capable of being an elite closer once again. He saved 37 games last season, looking like the dominant pitcher he once was with the Twins. Even at his advanced age, Nathan will be drafted as one of the top 10 closers in fantasy.

  89. Rank
    89
    Auction
    $14
    Rank
    26
    Overall
    89
    Rank
    3
    Overall
    89
    Rank
    43
    Overall
    89
    Player
    James ShieldsJames ShieldsKansas City RoyalsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    22
    ERA
    3.15
    WHIP
    1.230
    K
    210
    SV
    0

    The critics scoffing at the Royals' trade of Wil Myers for a package led by Shields obviously are not giving this 31-year-old right hander enough credit. He is one of the best innings-eating in baseball and is good for around 15 victories and 200-plus strikeouts. In fact, the only reason he's not among the top 25 pitchers on this board is because he doesn't pitch for a contender.

  90. Rank
    90
    Auction
    $13
    Rank
    9
    Overall
    90
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    6
    Overall
    90
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    47
    Overall
    90
    Player
    David FreeseDavid FreeseSt. Louis CardinalsThird Base
    Avg
    .296
    HR
    22
    RBI
    91
    R
    75
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .837

    Freese is a bit of a late bloomer in baseball terms, but he's still on the right side of 30 and should build on his breakthrough season from a year ago. While his ceiling isn't as high as the third basemen who own top-10 position rankings, he is a solid fallback option if you loaded up elsewhere early and missed out on the elite.

  91. Rank
    91
    Auction
    $13
    Rank
    27
    Overall
    91
    Rank
    7
    Overall
    91
    Rank
    48
    Overall
    91
    Player
    Carlos BeltranCarlos BeltranSt. Louis CardinalsOutfielder
    Avg
    .282
    HR
    24
    RBI
    87
    R
    80
    SB
    10
    OPS
    .856

    The past couple of years, Beltran has proven there is baseball life after microfracture surgery. He enjoyed a full season, somewhat unexpectedly, at the age of 35. The age and injury risk are concerns, but target him comfortably after the elite outfielders are off the board.

  92. Rank
    92
    Auction
    $13
    Rank
    28
    Overall
    92
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    6
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    92
    Rank
    49
    Overall
    92
    Player
    Shin-Soo ChooShin-Soo ChooCincinnati RedsOutfielder
    Avg
    .289
    HR
    20
    RBI
    75
    R
    90
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .846

    Choo rebounded nicely last year to post numbers closer to his career norms. He was then dealt to the Reds, who play in one of baseball's premier hitter's parks. Choo will help set the table for some of the best run producers in baseball, so draft him accordingly.

  93. Rank
    93
    Auction
    $13
    Rank
    27
    Overall
    93
    Rank
    6
    Overall
    93
    Rank
    44
    Overall
    93
    Player
    Josh JohnsonJosh JohnsonToronto Blue JaysStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    17
    ERA
    3.35
    WHIP
    1.240
    K
    180
    SV
    0

    Johnson's 2012 campaign seems disappointing on the surface, but he pitched nearly 200 innings while maintaining a 3.81 ERA. Johnson has built up the strength to post a 200-inning season with the Blue Jays, a team that clearly has the offense to support him. He'll be a value pick after the top starting pitching options are off the board.

  94. Rank
    94
    Auction
    $13
    Rank
    10
    Overall
    94
    Rank
    4
    Overall
    94
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    45
    Overall
    94
    Player
    Mariano RiveraMariano RiveraNew York YankeesRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.75
    WHIP
    1.100
    K
    45
    SV
    30

    After an ACL injury cost him last season, Rivera is returning to the mound. Coming off a major injury at age 43, he's a very risky pick this season. But he plays for a contender and he's still well-positioned to finish in the top 10 at his position.

  95. Rank
    95
    Auction
    $13
    Rank
    7
    Overall
    95
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    3
    Overall
    95
    Rank
    50
    Overall
    95
    Player
    Miguel MonteroMiguel MonteroArizona DiamondbacksCatcher
    Avg
    .275
    HR
    16
    RBI
    85
    R
    65
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .820

    Montero's homer totals aren't elite (he belted 15 last season and his career high is 18), but he's one of the more trustworthy run producers at a notoriously thin position. With the departure of Justin Upton, Montero will assume more of the RBI duties for the Diamondbacks. Don't reach for him, but don't feel cheated if you end up with him, either.

  96. Rank
    96
    Auction
    $13
    Rank
    14
    Overall
    96
    Rank
    8
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    96
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    3
    Overall
    96
    Rank
    46
    Overall
    96
    Player
    Mike NapoliMike NapoliBoston Red SoxCatcher/First Base
    Avg
    .259
    HR
    25
    RBI
    71
    R
    59
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .826

    The Red Sox were able to renegotiate Napoli's three-year contract down to a one-year deal with incentives after they found a degenerative hip condition in his physical. The hip doesn't give him pain or keep him out of games, so the Red Sox are going to hand the everyday first-base job to the former catcher and hope Fenway's Green Monster keeps his bat on the right side of streaky. It'll be an interesting gamble, especially in fantasy, where Napoli retains catcher eligibility.

  97. Rank
    97
    Auction
    $13
    Rank
    15
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    97
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    10
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    97
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    7
    Overall
    97
    Rank
    51
    Overall
    97
    Player
    Todd FrazierTodd FrazierCincinnati RedsThird Base/First Base
    Avg
    .264
    HR
    24
    RBI
    85
    R
    70
    SB
    4
    OPS
    .808

    Frazier has gone from a slugging prospect without a position to an everyday third baseman for a contender. Frazier, 27, is capable of big things in that ballpark and lineup, and his first full season as a regular can net him 25 homers and 100 RBI. That kind of production will make him a steal relative to his draft position.

  98. Rank
    98
    Auction
    $13
    Rank
    16
    Overall
    98
    Rank
    5
    Overall
    98
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    52
    Overall
    98
    Player
    Ryan HowardRyan HowardPhiladelphia PhilliesFirst Base
    Avg
    .270
    HR
    30
    RBI
    105
    R
    75
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .845

    Howard wasn't himself after returning from an Achilles tear last season, but he should be back to his playing weight this season. Once Howard shakes off the rust, he should post 30-plus homers and 100-plus RBI. He's going to be an injury and regression risk the rest of his career now that he's in his 30s, but with power stats like that he'll be great value at the deep first base position.

  99. Rank
    99
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    $13
    Rank
    9
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    99
    Rank
    4
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    99
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    47
    Overall
    99
    Player
    Salvador PerezSalvador PerezKansas City RoyalsCatcher
    Avg
    .299
    HR
    14
    RBI
    60
    R
    58
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .810

    Perez is a relative unknown, but he's also a burgeoning fantasy star. He's just 22, and he's got the kind of bat that could make him an outstanding consolation prize for owners who miss out on Buster Posey, Joe Mauer or other elite catchers. Many young Royals have promise, but Perez is chief among them.

  100. Rank
    100
    Auction
    $12
    Rank
    10
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    100
    Rank
    3
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    100
    Rank
    53
    Overall
    100
    Player
    Wilin RosarioWilin RosarioColorado RockiesCatcher
    Avg
    .262
    HR
    25
    RBI
    76
    R
    62
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .815

    Rosario had the kind of year catchers usually only dream about offensively, mashing 28 homers and 71 RBI in a mere 117 games. The scary thing is, he will be just 24 this season and playing half of his games in the hitter haven that is Coors Field. Rosario will hurt owners with strikeouts and an inconsistent batting average, but finding power like this at the catcher position is rare. One more year like last and he will be a perennial top-five pick at the position.

  101. Rank
    101
    Auction
    $12
    Rank
    5
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    101
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    6
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    101
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    54
    Overall
    101
    Player
    Ian DesmondIan DesmondWashington NationalsShortstop
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    22
    RBI
    75
    R
    90
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .815

    The 27-year-old Desmond is already coming off a career year, but it was the kind of year that makes you wonder where his ceiling actually is. He might not have reached it yet. He ranks as our No. 6 shortstop, but 25/20 candidates at the position are not easy to come by, especially ones just entering their prime who have plenty of room to grow into even more.

  102. Rank
    102
    Auction
    $12
    Rank
    29
    Overall
    102
    Rank
    4
    Overall
    102
    Rank
    48
    Overall
    102
    Player
    Shane VictorinoShane VictorinoBoston Red SoxOutfielder
    Avg
    .275
    HR
    15
    RBI
    65
    R
    85
    SB
    30
    OPS
    .770

    Victorino goes from one hitter's haven to another with his free-agent move to Boston this winter. He will serve as a table-setter in an offense that should stay healthier and be a lot more potent than it was a year ago. He holds more value in Rotisserie formats because of the steals, but an all around rebound by the Red Sox offense should keep him among the top 30 fantasy outfielders.

  103. Rank
    103
    Auction
    $12
    Rank
    30
    Overall
    103
    Rank
    7
    Overall
    103
    Rank
    49
    Overall
    103
    Player
    Melky CabreraMelky CabreraToronto Blue JaysOutfielder
    Avg
    .284
    HR
    12
    RBI
    73
    R
    95
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .768

    Cabrera has served his PED suspension, and it's hard to say how his ability will suffer following his drug bust. But he's moving from a pitcher's park to a hitter's haven, and he'll be batting in a loaded Toronto lineup. Cabrera won't be the batting champ he was a year ago, but he does a lot of things well enough to rate just outside the top 30 among outfielders.

  104. Rank
    104
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    $12
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    31
    Overall
    104
    Rank
    6
    Overall
    104
    Rank
    50
    Overall
    104
    Player
    Austin JacksonAustin JacksonDetroit TigersOutfielder
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    15
    RBI
    65
    R
    100
    SB
    17
    OPS
    .785

    While Jackson lost some steals last season, he gained some homers and upped his average to .300, which sets him up for another career year in his age-26 season. He's hitting in front of some of baseball's top sluggers, which should make him one of the league leaders in runs scored. He might not be a 20/30 player, but he's good enough to be picked among the top 35 outfielders.

  105. Rank
    105
    Auction
    $12
    Rank
    11
    Overall
    105
    Rank
    1
    Overall
    105
    Rank
    55
    Overall
    105
    Player
    Chase HeadleyChase HeadleySan Diego PadresThird Base
    Avg
    .285
    HR
    22
    RBI
    84
    R
    75
    SB
    12
    OPS
    .844

    Headley enjoyed a huge breakthrough at age 27 a year ago, but he will likely miss all of April with a thumb fracture disagnosed in mid-March. Even before the injury, there were questions whether 31 homers and 115 RBI were attainable again for a player who previously topped out at 12-64. His age suggests he was just coming into his own, so consider Headley an injury-risk sleeper if he falls into the middle rounds.

  106. Rank
    106
    Auction
    $12
    Rank
    32
    Overall
    106
    Rank
    5
    Overall
    106
    Rank
    56
    Overall
    106
    Player
    Carl CrawfordCarl CrawfordLos Angeles DodgersOutfielder
    Avg
    .281
    HR
    12
    RBI
    61
    R
    91
    SB
    26
    OPS
    .773

    Crawford is expected to be ready for the season after missing much of 2012 with elbow and hamstring woes, but the injury risk remains. All of the fantasy owners who have been burned by Crawford in the past will surely stay away. That'll make Crawford a nice injury-risk sleeper in the middle rounds, especially in Rotisserie formats.

  107. Rank
    107
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    28
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    107
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    107
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    51
    Overall
    107
    Player
    Brandon MorrowBrandon MorrowToronto Blue JaysStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.55
    WHIP
    1.189
    K
    199
    SV
    0

    Morrow, 28, is capable of posting an ERA around 2.50, a WHIP around 1.050 and 220-plus strikeouts. He just needs to stay healthy. The oblique injury that derailed him in 2012 is no longer a concern, so Morrow could be the steal of the draft if others avoid him because of health concerns. He's got a cannon and he's playing for a contender. If he puts it all together, he'll break through.

  108. Rank
    108
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    29
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    4
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    108
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    57
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    108
    Player
    Ian KennedyIan KennedyArizona DiamondbacksStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    20
    ERA
    3.77
    WHIP
    1.240
    K
    185
    SV
    0

    Kennedy went from NL Cy Young candidate to merely one of the solid pitchers in fantasy a year ago. The truth is likely somewhere in between for this 28-year-old righty. He eats innings, posts around 200 strikeouts and doesn't embarrass himself in ERA or WHIP. There are less than 30 starting pitchers you can say those things about in fantasy.

  109. Rank
    109
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    17
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    109
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    7
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    109
    Rank
    58
    Overall
    109
    Player
    Adam LaRocheAdam LaRocheWashington NationalsFirst Base
    Avg
    .268
    HR
    28
    RBI
    99
    R
    75
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .820

    The Nats brought back LaRoche, 33, this winter coming off his impressive 33-homer, 100-RBI campaign, both career highs. The fact that he barely rates in the top 20 at first base speaks to that position's depth. LaRoche warrants a starting spot in all fantasy leagues, though, be it at first base, corner man or DH.

  110. Rank
    110
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    7
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    110
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    8
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    110
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    59
    Overall
    110
    Player
    Brandon PhillipsBrandon PhillipsCincinnati RedsSecond Base
    Avg
    .273
    HR
    18
    RBI
    79
    R
    89
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .755

    Phillips has been a model of consistency, but that could change once he turns 32 this season. That's often the age of decline for second basemen, as Chase Utley owners can attest. Phillips will be overdrafted because he plays a shallow position, but you're better off waiting on a youngster poised to break through.

  111. Rank
    111
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    18
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    111
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    3
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    111
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    52
    Overall
    111
    Player
    Paul KonerkoPaul KonerkoChicago White SoxFirst Base
    Avg
    .283
    HR
    25
    RBI
    80
    R
    65
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .857

    Age is not on Konerko's side at 36, but the White Sox say they are going to give him more time at DH, while Adam Dunn plays some more first base. That would seem like a serious downgrade defensively, but the goal is to keep Konerko healthy and productive deeper into the season. This veteran still has some fantasy value left.

  112. Rank
    112
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    12
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    6
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    112
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    6
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    112
    Rank
    60
    Overall
    112
    Player
    Hanley RamirezHanley RamirezLos Angeles DodgersShortstop/Third Base
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    18
    RBI
    60
    R
    58
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .776

    The WBC claimed some big injuries, none bigger than Ramirez, who needed surgery on a torn thumb ligament that will knock him out two months. Eight weeks was the original diagnosis, but he will take some time to build back up, so consider him out through May. You cannot pick him until at least 10 third basemen or five shortstops are off the board on draft day.

  113. Rank
    113
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    11
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    113
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    61
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    113
    Player
    Sergio RomoSergio RomoSan Francisco GiantsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    3
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.20
    WHIP
    0.900
    K
    65
    SV
    30

    Romo wasn't the first choice at closer when Brian Wilson blew out his elbow a year ago, but he was the last choice. He will now lead a Giants bullpen that figures to inherit a lot of low-scoring leads. That sets Romo, who dealt with an elbow issue early last season, up for a career year. His preseason ranking is a product of some uncertainty, but if he performs well his situation in San Francisco could make him a top-five closer.

  114. Rank
    114
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    8
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    114
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    114
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    53
    Overall
    114
    Player
    Jose AltuveJose AltuveHouston AstrosSecond Base
    Avg
    .286
    HR
    8
    RBI
    45
    R
    91
    SB
    35
    OPS
    .745

    Houston is a relatively barren land for fantasy prospects right now, but Altuve rates as the most intriguing of the unheralded bunch. The pint-sized two-sacker is one of the top 10 fantasy second basemen to target in drafts, mostly because of his potential to lead the position -- or any position -- in stolen bases (he stole 74 last year). His bat doesn't have a lot of pop, but he gets the bat on the ball and can be a .300-hitter in his prime. At just 22 years old, there is a lot of upside here.

  115. Rank
    115
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    115
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    54
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    115
    Player
    Asdrubal CabreraAsdrubal CabreraCleveland IndiansShortstop
    Avg
    .279
    HR
    18
    RBI
    75
    R
    85
    SB
    12
    OPS
    .783

    The 27-year-old Cabrera came down a tad from his 2011 breakthrough, but even the numbers he posted last year will look good relative to his draft position. Over the last two seasons, Cabrera has averaged 20 homers and 13 steals, and since he's still squarely in his prime, owners can buy in on the best-case scenario.

  116. Rank
    116
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    8
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    116
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    6
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    116
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    62
    Overall
    116
    Player
    Jimmy RollinsJimmy RollinsPhiladelphia PhilliesShortstop
    Avg
    .265
    HR
    15
    RBI
    62
    R
    90
    SB
    25
    OPS
    .750

    Philly fans are no strangers to seeing their star players collapse. In his age-34 season, Rollins might be next. Rollins delivered a 20/30 season in 2012, which is no small feat at the shortstop position, but teammates Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have already cracked -- and they're both younger than Rollins. He's not hurt yet, but this could be a dangerous year.

  117. Rank
    117
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    9
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    117
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    5
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    117
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    55
    Overall
    117
    Player
    Elvis AndrusElvis AndrusTexas RangersShortstop
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    4
    RBI
    60
    R
    90
    SB
    24
    OPS
    .715

    Andrus hasn't quite taken that huge step into fantasy stardom, but he has done enough to hold off phenom Jurickson Profar thus far. The Rangers even considered moving Profar to second base to keep Andrus where he is. That's telling, but that's also temporary. Andrus rates as a top-10 fantasy shortstop for his runs and steals, but he and his fantasy owners should anticipate Profar's eventual arrival, and a possible trade for Andrus.

  118. Rank
    118
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    10
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    118
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    118
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    56
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    118
    Player
    Derek JeterDerek JeterNew York YankeesShortstop
    Avg
    .300
    HR
    12
    RBI
    60
    R
    90
    SB
    7
    OPS
    .770

    As all the Yankees crumble around him, Jeter just keeps performing at his usual Hall-of-Fame level late into his 30s. (Remember, he made it through the fantasy season before injuring his ankle.) The Yankees will give him games off defensively by slotting him at DH, and that should help him stay healthy throughout the season. You have to be wary of his age and potential for injury, but slotting him as the 10th shortstop seems like a safe bet.

  119. Rank
    119
    Auction
    $10
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    30
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    119
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    8
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    119
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    63
    Overall
    119
    Player
    Jordan ZimmermannJordan ZimmermannWashington NationalsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    20
    ERA
    3.20
    WHIP
    1.150
    K
    165
    SV
    0

    Pitching among the likes of Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, Zimmermann sometimes gets lost on his own team. But this right hander will be 27 this season and is primed to take that significant next step into the fantasy elite. He's barely a top-30 pitcher in our rankings, but he could wind up as one of the most productive pitchers in fantasy. He won't reach 200 strikeouts, but he'll deliver wins and an elite ERA and WHIP. He's a serious breakout candidate.

  120. Rank
    120
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    31
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    120
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    6
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    120
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    57
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    120
    Player
    Jeremy HellicksonJeremy HellicksonTampa Bay RaysStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    21
    ERA
    3.07
    WHIP
    1.190
    K
    155
    SV
    0

    Hellickson, a third-year starting pitcher, finally has the arm strength to go 200 innings. That means we should fully expect him to deliver the best season of his already bright career. Of the top 35 starting pitchers on this board, Hellickson has arguably the most room to improve.

  121. Rank
    121
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    32
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    121
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    7
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    121
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    58
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    121
    Player
    Matt MooreMatt MooreTampa Bay RaysStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    19
    ERA
    3.70
    WHIP
    1.333
    K
    185
    SV
    0

    Moore has incredible talent, but he didn't match the hype as a rookie. That's good news, because it means the owners who were burned by him will let him fall down to a position of value in most drafts. Moore can approach 200 innings and 200 strikeouts. Don't let him slip out of the top 125.

  122. Rank
    122
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    12
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    122
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    4
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    122
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    64
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    122
    Player
    John AxfordJohn AxfordMilwaukee BrewersRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    3
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.09
    WHIP
    1.280
    K
    85
    SV
    36

    As disappointing as Axford's 2012 was, he will still be selected among the top 12 at his position. His arm is still good (93 strikeouts a year ago), he just needs to curtail the walks (39). If his command returns to 2011 form, he will be a closer picked after the top 10 who performs like a top-five star.

  123. Rank
    123
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    13
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    123
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    2
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    123
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    59
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    123
    Player
    Tom WilhelmsenTom WilhelmsenSeattle MarinersRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    2
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.76
    WHIP
    1.140
    K
    80
    SV
    30

    Few fantasy owners were familiar with this 6-foot-6 monster going into last season, but after it, few doubt his potential. He projects to strike out a batter per inning and stands a good chance to hold down the Mariners' closer job from start to finish. Pick him just after the elite closers are off the board.

  124. Rank
    124
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    13
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    124
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    33
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    124
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    5
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    124
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    65
    Overall
    124
    Player
    Martin PradoMartin PradoArizona DiamondbacksOutfielder/Third Base
    Avg
    .295
    HR
    12
    RBI
    70
    R
    80
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .800

    Prado may have changed teams, but he'll still be a table-setter with double eligibility. He's likely already reached his offensive ceiling, but he's a steady option among the top 15 at third and top 35 at outfield. The move to a hitter's park in Arizona certainly won't hurt his numbers.

  125. Rank
    125
    Auction
    $10
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    19
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    125
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    2
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    125
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    66
    Overall
    125
    Player
    Anthony RizzoAnthony RizzoChicago CubsFirst Base
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    24
    RBI
    82
    R
    74
    SB
    5
    OPS
    .810

    First base tends to be a veteran-heavy position, but Rizzo headlines a crop of blossoming young stars. He's just 23 and he might not even be drafted as a starter this year, but he's capable of producing at a .300/30/100/100/.360/.500 clip. Buy in on the hype.

  126. Rank
    126
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    $10
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    14
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    126
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    5
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    126
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    60
    Overall
    126
    Player
    Greg HollandGreg HollandKansas City RoyalsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    2
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.98
    WHIP
    1.230
    K
    84
    SV
    27

    Holland has emerged as the Royals' closer and a top-15 fantasy option at his position, but be careful. He is the best option to close right now, but Kelvin Herrera has a lightning arm and former first-round pick Aaron Crow has some serious long-term potential, too. Holland will have to remain effective to hold off those arms, but his numbers from a year ago suggest he's up for the challenge.

  127. Rank
    127
    Auction
    $10
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    15
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    127
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    6
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    127
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    67
    Overall
    127
    Player
    J.J. PutzJ.J. PutzArizona DiamondbacksRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.05
    WHIP
    1.140
    K
    63
    SV
    30

    Putz enjoyed a renaissance last season, but year-to-year inconsistency remains a concern. Plus, Arizona's Justin Upton deal indicates a rebuilding year, which likely means fewer save chances for Putz. You can do much worse in two-closer formats, but don't make the mistake of considering Putz elite.

  128. Rank
    128
    Auction
    $10
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    16
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    128
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    5
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    128
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    61
    Overall
    128
    Player
    Joel HanrahanJoel HanrahanBoston Red SoxRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    2
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.15
    WHIP
    1.200
    K
    65
    SV
    30

    After a failed 2012, Andrew Bailey has been ruled the setup man, but first-year Red Sox pitcher Hanrahan is going to be consistent if he wants to serve as the closer the whole season. Coming off two 35-plus save seasons in a row, Hanrahan still finds himself outside of the top 15 at his position.

  129. Rank
    129
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    $10
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    20
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    129
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    3
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    129
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    62
    Overall
    129
    Player
    Kendrys MoralesKendrys MoralesSeattle MarinersFirst Base
    Avg
    .281
    HR
    26
    RBI
    91
    R
    82
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .811

    Morales' career numbers at Safeco Field, albeit only in 29 games, are incredibly encouraging: .292/7/23/19/0/.346/.569. With the fences moving in and Morales healthy and ready to play every day, either at first base or DH, we might not have seen the best from this 29-year-old slugger. With few fantasy players expecting Morales to replicate his 2009 breakthrough numbers (.306/34/108/86/3/.355/.569), he'll be a steal in the middle rounds.

  130. Rank
    130
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    $10
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    11
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    130
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    7
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    130
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    68
    Overall
    130
    Player
    Brian McCannBrian McCannAtlanta BravesCatcher
    Avg
    .270
    HR
    23
    RBI
    75
    R
    60
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .825

    McCann is coming off the worst season of his career, plus offseason shoulder surgery. It might affect his availability for Opening Day -- and maybe even his swing -- but he has been a consistent power threat at a position sorely lacking them. McCann is going to hit behind some of fantasy's best sluggers once healthy, so grab him if you can afford a slow start.

  131. Rank
    131
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    $9
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    12
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    131
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    4
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    131
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    63
    Overall
    131
    Player
    Jesus MonteroJesus MonteroSeattle MarinersCatcher
    Avg
    .267
    HR
    17
    RBI
    75
    R
    59
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .718

    Another overlooked sophomore who disappointed as a rookie, Montero could actually break through this year. He may not really have a position, but he has fantasy eligibility at one, which is all that really matters. He boasts 20-homer, 80-RBI potential at the thin catcher position, making him an outstanding value pick.

  132. Rank
    132
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    9
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    132
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    7
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    132
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    69
    Overall
    132
    Player
    Chase UtleyChase UtleyPhiladelphia PhilliesSecond Base
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    20
    RBI
    80
    R
    85
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .825

    Utley isn't the same player he used to be because of chronic knee issues, but he still stands the chance of reaching 20 homers at a thin fantasy position. He's in a hitter-friendly park and showed last year that he can be trusted as a fantasy starter, so consider him a safe fallback if you miss on the pseudo-elite at second base.

  133. Rank
    133
    Auction
    $9
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    34
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    133
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    2
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    133
    Rank
    64
    Overall
    133
    Player
    Josh WillinghamJosh WillinghamMinnesota TwinsOutfielder
    Avg
    .261
    HR
    31
    RBI
    100
    R
    81
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .845

    Ordinarily, we would warn you about a player coming off a career year at the age of 33. But Willingham might have finally realized his potential as an OPS hog who was due for a 35-homer, 110-RBI campaign. Those numbers will be tough to repeat, particularly in that pitcher's park in Minnesota, but Willingham has proven fairly consistent in the at-bats he has been given.

  134. Rank
    134
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    $9
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    35
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    134
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    6
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    134
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    65
    Overall
    134
    Player
    Nelson CruzNelson CruzTexas RangersOutfielder
    Avg
    .268
    HR
    30
    RBI
    95
    R
    79
    SB
    7
    OPS
    .822

    Cruz is a dangerous player to target this spring, and not only because of his reported involvement with a Miami-based anti-aging clinic that was administering PEDs. Josh Hamilton is no longer in the Rangers' lineup, and Cruz looked at times last season like his best days might be behind him. Still, he rates as a top-35 outfielder for those comfortable assuming some risk.

  135. Rank
    135
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    $9
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    36
    Overall
    135
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    7
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    135
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    70
    Overall
    135
    Player
    Andre EthierAndre EthierLos Angeles DodgersOutfielder
    Avg
    .288
    HR
    21
    RBI
    85
    R
    80
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .832

    With all the big names with the big-budget Dodgers now, Ethier will get a chance to hide in the shadows a bit. That's great news for his fantasy draft position, because it will be a bit suppressed relative to his actual numbers. Ethier is in his prime and can still challenge for 25 homers and 90 RBI, especially in that star-studded lineup.

  136. Rank
    136
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    $9
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    37
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    136
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    4
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    136
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    66
    Overall
    136
    Player
    Nick MarkakisNick MarkakisBaltimore OriolesOutfielder
    Avg
    .295
    HR
    15
    RBI
    77
    R
    75
    SB
    6
    OPS
    .820

    Markakis never quite became the .300/30/100/100 monster he looked like he would be early in his career, but he is still young enough to assume we haven't seen the best of him yet. Other players will post higher totals at individual categories, but Markakis' totals across the board keep him among the starting outfield options.

  137. Rank
    137
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    $9
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    17
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    137
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    4
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    137
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    67
    Overall
    137
    Player
    Addison ReedAddison ReedChicago White SoxRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    2
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.25
    WHIP
    1.295
    K
    68
    SV
    33

    Reed posted iffy stats as a rookie (4.75 ERA, 1.364 WHIP), but he boasts an elite power arm. He posted 29 saves last season but struggled mightily in the second half, which isn't shocking considering he's only 24. The White Sox might be better than anyone expects, allowing Reed to post surprising totals. A 40-save season might be in reach.

  138. Rank
    138
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    $8
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    10
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    138
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    11
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    138
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    9
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    138
    Rank
    71
    Overall
    138
    Player
    Danny EspinosaDanny EspinosaWashington NationalsSecond Base/Shortstop
    Avg
    .250
    HR
    19
    RBI
    75
    R
    75
    SB
    18
    OPS
    .735

    Espinosa emerged last season as a potential 20/20 second baseman -- one with eligibility at shortstop as well -- but he's going to play through a left rotator cuff tear instead of having surgery that would knock him out for the season's first two months. That makes Espinosa a risky proposition, especially since the Nats are considering allowing defensive whiz Steve Lombardozzi to play against left-handed pitchers.

  139. Rank
    139
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    $8
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    38
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    139
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    5
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    139
    Rank
    72
    Overall
    139
    Player
    Norichika AokiNorichika AokiMilwaukee BrewersOutfielder
    Avg
    .284
    HR
    10
    RBI
    54
    R
    88
    SB
    30
    OPS
    .771

    Aoki wound up being one of the Japanese imports who exceeded expectations in his first year in the major leagues. He was expected to be a solid fourth outfielder, but now he's slated to be a starter. Most of his value is tied to steals, though, so consider him more of a Rotisserie option.

  140. Rank
    140
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    $8
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    33
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    140
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    6
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    140
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    68
    Overall
    140
    Player
    C.J. WilsonC.J. WilsonLos Angeles AngelsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.66
    WHIP
    1.310
    K
    179
    SV
    0

    Wilson has been among the steadiest starters in fantasy since he moved from the closer's role three winters ago. The problem with him getting picked among the top 30, though, is that he is coming off surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. He should be ready to start the season, but bone spurs and bone chips can portend some ligament damage. The reward outweighs the risk outside of the top 30, though.

  141. Rank
    141
    Auction
    $8
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    18
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    141
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    2
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    141
    Rank
    69
    Overall
    141
    Player
    Grant BalfourGrant BalfourOakland AthleticsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    2
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.99
    WHIP
    1.190
    K
    62
    SV
    23

    The problem with Balfour is not his stuff (it's good) or his numbers (equally impressive). It's the fact that the A's haven't stuck with a full-season closer in years, and setup man Ryan Cook is the younger and more dynamic talent. Balfour is worth drafting, but you'd be wise to back him up with heir apparent Cook.

  142. Rank
    142
    Auction
    $8
    Rank
    19
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    142
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    5
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    142
    Rank
    70
    Overall
    142
    Player
    Chris PerezChris PerezCleveland IndiansRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.25
    WHIP
    1.190
    K
    63
    SV
    37

    Perez came down with a muscle strain in his shoulder that puts his opening day in jeopardy and opens up Vinnie Pestano as a sleeper to start the season as the closer. Even before the injury Perez barely ranked in the top 20 at his position because his ERA tends to be a bit high and there have been rumors that the Indians might deal him midseason. If he gets dealt to the wrong place, you could be stuck with a setup man. Still, he will open the year as one of the best sources for saves -- albeit with some blemishes.

  143. Rank
    143
    Auction
    $8
    Rank
    20
    Overall
    143
    Rank
    7
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    143
    Rank
    71
    Overall
    143
    Player
    Bruce RondonBruce RondonDetroit TigersRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    0
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.25
    WHIP
    1.245
    K
    65
    SV
    25

    The 22-year-old Rondon made Jose Valverde yesterday's news in Detroit. Rondon has yet to throw a major-league pitch, but the 6-foot-3, 265-pound fire-baller can hit triple digits and be an instant success for one of baseball's top contenders. Even if the Tigers add a veteran arm early, the job will inevitably be Rondon's. If he can stay healthy and throw strikes, he'll excel.

  144. Rank
    144
    Auction
    $7
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    21
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    144
    Rank
    4
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    144
    Rank
    73
    Overall
    144
    Player
    Rafael BetancourtRafael BetancourtColorado RockiesRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.17
    WHIP
    1.090
    K
    66
    SV
    28

    At 37, Betancourt finally became a full-time closer. That's the good news and the bad news. He'll get you saves -- but at his advanced age, anything can happen. Don't overpay for a guy who might lose his job because of injury or performance.

  145. Rank
    145
    Auction
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    22
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    145
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    2
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    145
    Rank
    74
    Overall
    145
    Player
    Huston StreetHuston StreetSan Diego PadresRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.03
    WHIP
    1.040
    K
    52
    SV
    27

    Street has not become the elite closer he was projected to be, but he is still just 29 and is pitching half his games in one of baseball's best pitcher's parks. Street needs to prove he can sustain his health for a full season. His talent is a lot better than a closer outside of the top 20, so consider him a solid pick who can outperform his modest draft position.

  146. Rank
    146
    Auction
    $7
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    11
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    146
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    6
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    146
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    75
    Overall
    146
    Player
    Rickie WeeksRickie WeeksMilwaukee BrewersSecond Base
    Avg
    .251
    HR
    20
    RBI
    69
    R
    81
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .779

    Weeks, now 30, never became a batting champion or the true speed/power threat he seemed destined to be as a prospect. Now, at least 10 second basemen are going to be picked before him in drafts. That sets him up to be a potential value buy, because he is capable of so much more than what he has given us so far.

  147. Rank
    147
    Auction
    $7
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    12
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    147
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    6
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    147
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    72
    Overall
    147
    Player
    Alcides EscobarAlcides EscobarKansas City RoyalsShortstop
    Avg
    .266
    HR
    5
    RBI
    55
    R
    79
    SB
    33
    OPS
    .720

    The 26-year-old Escobar is coming off a career year and has improved in each of his first three full seasons in the majors. Now, he can take off. He is a starter at shortstop in all 12-team leagues and a must-have if you miss out on an elite shortstop or steals early in Rotisserie formats. Escobar can rise to hit .300 and steal 40 bases, which would put him in the elite at the thin position.

  148. Rank
    148
    Auction
    $7
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    21
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    148
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    3
    Overall
    148
    Rank
    73
    Overall
    148
    Player
    Justin MorneauJustin MorneauMinnesota TwinsFirst Base
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    25
    RBI
    82
    R
    65
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .843

    Morneau hasn't been the same since suffering from post-concussion syndrome in 2010, and his formerly elite power numbers have suffered. He started swinging the bat more like his old self a year ago, particularly in the second half, when he hit .289. It would be a stretch to pick him among the top 20 at the deep first base position, but it wouldn't be a stretch to see him rebound with a .290/25/90 season.

  149. Rank
    149
    Auction
    $7
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    22
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    149
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    7
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    149
    Rank
    74
    Overall
    149
    Player
    Eric HosmerEric HosmerKansas City RoyalsFirst Base
    Avg
    .262
    HR
    22
    RBI
    84
    R
    71
    SB
    14
    OPS
    .789

    The 23-year-old Hosmer took a significant step back in his first full season in the major leagues, but there is still plenty of potential for this future fantasy star. The Royals are quietly building a strong, young nucleus, and Hosmer figures to be one of the central pieces. He's the No. 23 first baseman on our board, but there's serious upside here.

  150. Rank
    150
    Auction
    $7
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    39
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    150
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    3
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    150
    Rank
    75
    Overall
    150
    Player
    Coco CrispCoco CrispOakland AthleticsOutfielder
    Avg
    .274
    HR
    10
    RBI
    45
    R
    65
    SB
    29
    OPS
    .736

    Crisp is 33, but he remains one of the better sources for steals in Rotisserie leagues. He is a mid-round pick in those formats, but should be largely off the radar in head-to-head points leagues.

  151. Rank
    151
    Auction
    $7
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    40
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    151
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    8
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    151
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    76
    Overall
    151
    Player
    Angel PaganAngel PaganSan Francisco GiantsOutfielder
    Avg
    .281
    HR
    10
    RBI
    55
    R
    90
    SB
    27
    OPS
    .757

    Pagan has emerged as a solid big-league regular and will set the table for the Giant. His primary value lies in his stolen bases and runs scored, so consider him more of a Rotisserie pick in the middle rounds.

  152. Rank
    152
    Auction
    $7
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    41
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    152
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    6
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    152
    Rank
    76
    Overall
    152
    Player
    Brett GardnerBrett GardnerNew York YankeesOutfielder
    Avg
    .268
    HR
    5
    RBI
    50
    R
    90
    SB
    35
    OPS
    .725

    Gardner is coming off an injury-plagued year, but the Yankees sorely need some youth and athleticism in their lineup. Gardner is one of those steals-only picks, but his age gives him a chance to surprise relative to his draft position.

  153. Rank
    153
    Auction
    $7
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    23
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    153
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    42
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    153
    Rank
    5
    Overall
    153
    Rank
    77
    Overall
    153
    Player
    Chris DavisChris DavisBaltimore OriolesFirst Base/Outfielder
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    30
    RBI
    90
    R
    77
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .830

    Davis found his niche with the Orioles last season, posting a career high 33 homers and 85 RBI. He has been a bit inconsistent in his young career, but he's going to be 27 this season, meaning last season's breakthrough was likely more coming of age than fluke.

  154. Rank
    154
    Auction
    $7
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    6
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    154
    Rank
    78
    Overall
    154
    Player
    David OrtizDavid OrtizBoston Red SoxDesignated Hitter
    Avg
    .285
    HR
    25
    RBI
    85
    R
    70
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .925

    Big Papi has shown wear the past few years, along with all of the Red Sox, and might not be ready for the season with heel issues. He had the Achilles' problem a year ago that made his second half a wash and still isn't 100 percent, apparently. When able to play, he has shown he is still a productive slugger. The injury questions and being limited to the DH position in fantasy make him a mere mid- to late-round pick nowadays.

  155. Rank
    155
    Auction
    $6
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    24
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    155
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    43
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    155
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    6
    Overall
    155
    Rank
    79
    Overall
    155
    Player
    Nick SwisherNick SwisherCleveland IndiansOutfielder/First Base
    Avg
    .265
    HR
    25
    RBI
    90
    R
    80
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .828

    The move from New York to Cleveland can do Swisher's fantasy value some good, even if he will no longer have that short left-field porch at Yankee Stadium to target when he's batting lefty. Fantasy owners are going to sleep on Swisher some as he gets lost in the relative obscurity of Cleveland, but consider him a solid source for power in the mid-to-late rounds.

  156. Rank
    156
    Auction
    $6
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    34
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    156
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    10
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    156
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    77
    Overall
    156
    Player
    Dan HarenDan HarenWashington NationalsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.65
    WHIP
    1.250
    K
    180
    SV
    0

    Haren is coming off a disappointing year, but the move to Washington stands to make him a solid fantasy starter again -- assuming he can stay healthy. You should feel confident that he can, because Haren has been a workhorse. Getting starts in that pitcher's park and for that contender can make him a 15-plus game winner again.

  157. Rank
    157
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    $6
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    35
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    157
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    7
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    157
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    80
    Overall
    157
    Player
    Jon LesterJon LesterBoston Red SoxStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    19
    ERA
    3.77
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    165
    SV
    0

    Nothing has gone right in Boston, especially with the pitching staff, since John Farrell left to manage the Blue Jays. Well, Farrell is back, which should help Lester and Co. pitch closer to their former elite form. Lester is a nice bounceback sleeper candidate this year.

  158. Rank
    158
    Auction
    $6
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    36
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    158
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    5
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    158
    Rank
    81
    Overall
    158
    Player
    Jake PeavyJake PeavyChicago White SoxStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    11
    QS
    16
    ERA
    3.47
    WHIP
    1.180
    K
    184
    SV
    0

    Peavy showed he can be a full-season starting pitcher again last year, which sets him up to be a solid choice among the top 40 fantasy starting pitchers. The only reason he doesn't rate in our top 25 is because of his myriad injuries. If he stays healthy again, you'll have a great pick in the middle rounds.

  159. Rank
    159
    Auction
    $6
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    23
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    159
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    3
    Overall
    159
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    78
    Overall
    159
    Player
    Carlos MarmolCarlos MarmolChicago CubsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.39
    WHIP
    1.310
    K
    81
    SV
    26

    Marmol was at times a disaster last season, and the Cubs signed a Japanese import, Kyuji Fujikawa, to compete for the closer's job this spring. Marmol is still just 30 and has the type of power arm that can make him an elite fantasy closer at times. He'll fall into the middle rounds because of the questions about his 2012 and the competition for the closer's job.

  160. Rank
    160
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    $5
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    12
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    160
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    8
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    160
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    79
    Overall
    160
    Player
    Dan UgglaDan UgglaAtlanta BravesSecond Base
    Avg
    .245
    HR
    20
    RBI
    80
    R
    85
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .820

    Uggla has really fallen on hard times in Atlanta. His awful inconsistency cancels out his potential position-leading power and keeps him as a low-end starter even at the thin second-base position. His average is potentially so bad it might not even be worth using him in Rotisserie formats.

  161. Rank
    161
    Auction
    $5
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    13
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    161
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    6
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    161
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    82
    Overall
    161
    Player
    J.J. HardyJ.J. HardyBaltimore OriolesShortstop
    Avg
    .250
    HR
    20
    RBI
    65
    R
    78
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .705

    Owners tend to wind up with Hardy because he's one of the last potent bats at the shortstop position, but he has good pop and a great glove that keeps him in the lineup more than most. He's not yet old enough to be on the downside of his career, so expect similar numbers to what he's delivered the past two years (30 and 22 homers, respectively).

  162. Rank
    162
    Auction
    $5
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    44
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    162
    Rank
    8
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    162
    Rank
    80
    Overall
    162
    Player
    Ben RevereBen ReverePhiladelphia PhilliesOutfielder
    Avg
    .290
    HR
    1
    RBI
    42
    R
    85
    SB
    35
    OPS
    .683

    The Phillies' offense was a mess last season, but Revere gives them some youth and athleticism. He can become one of the better one-category base-stealers in Rotisserie formats, especially since he doesn't project to be a drag in the batting-average category like some in his class.

  163. Rank
    163
    Auction
    $5
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    25
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    163
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    2
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    163
    Rank
    81
    Overall
    163
    Player
    Ike DavisIke DavisNew York MetsFirst Base
    Avg
    .255
    HR
    30
    RBI
    90
    R
    70
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .808

    Davis overcame an extended illness and awful start to post career highs with 32 homers and 90 RBI last year. If he can limit his strikeouts, walk more and boost his average up to .270, he would enter the conversation as a must-have first baseman. That's a tough group to crack.

  164. Rank
    164
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    $5
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    24
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    164
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    8
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    164
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    82
    Overall
    164
    Player
    Brandon LeagueBrandon LeagueLos Angeles DodgersRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.10
    WHIP
    1.290
    K
    61
    SV
    26

    The Dodgers plan to have League serve as their closer to start the season, so he has solid value because of his role as the leading source for saves on what should be a contender. The problem is that Kenley Jansen is the better pitcher and might take back the closer's role before we get into the thick of the season. If you need saves, get League, but back him up with Jansen a round later. If you can't commit to spending those two picks, look elsewhere for saves.

  165. Rank
    165
    Auction
    $5
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    25
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    165
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    9
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    165
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    83
    Overall
    165
    Player
    Kenley JansenKenley JansenLos Angeles DodgersRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.23
    WHIP
    0.990
    K
    95
    SV
    19

    It's Brandon League's job for now, but Jansen is younger, has the better arm and posted better numbers a season ago. History indicates Jansen will take over eventually, and when he does he'll be a must-have. If you can afford to stash him before he earns the closer's role, draft him.

  166. Rank
    166
    Auction
    $5
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    14
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    166
    Rank
    5
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    166
    Rank
    83
    Overall
    166
    Player
    Kyle SeagerKyle SeagerSeattle MarinersThird Base
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    20
    RBI
    85
    R
    60
    SB
    12
    OPS
    .740

    Seager, 25, is coming off an eye-opening season that makes you wonder where his ceiling might be. But be wary: He might take a step back before he takes a step forward. He's a worthwhile utility or bench player, but he's not a starter in standard leagues.

  167. Rank
    167
    Auction
    $5
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    26
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    167
    Rank
    7
    Overall
    167
    Rank
    84
    Overall
    167
    Player
    Ernesto FrieriErnesto FrieriLos Angeles AngelsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.33
    WHIP
    1.100
    K
    88
    SV
    24

    Frieri was a pleasant surprise for the Angels a year ago and stands a good chance of entering the season as the team's closer since Ryan Madson is coming off Tommy John surgery. Pick Frieri well before Madson, even if the Angels seem to want their offseason addition to work in the closer's role once healthy.

  168. Rank
    168
    Auction
    $5
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    15
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    168
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    2
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    168
    Rank
    84
    Overall
    168
    Player
    Pedro AlvarezPedro AlvarezPittsburgh PiratesThird Base
    Avg
    .237
    HR
    26
    RBI
    89
    R
    65
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .770

    Alvarez has major power potential and made good on it last year by belting 30 homers, but his streaks, strikeouts and low average prevent him from being an elite fantasy pick. He's 27 this year, though, so he could be a beast relative to his draft position. Keep him on your breakout watch list.

  169. Rank
    169
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    $5
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    13
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    169
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    7
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    169
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    85
    Overall
    169
    Player
    Jonathan LucroyJonathan LucroyMilwaukee BrewersCatcher
    Avg
    .279
    HR
    13
    RBI
    60
    R
    45
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .738

    As you can tell from this ranking, we're not completely buying into Lucroy's .320 average from last season. He is entering his age-27 season, though, so he might be able to deliver decent production at this draft position.

  170. Rank
    170
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    $5
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    26
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    170
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    7
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    170
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    85
    Overall
    170
    Player
    Mark TeixeiraMark TeixeiraNew York YankeesFirst Base
    Avg
    .255
    HR
    22
    RBI
    67
    R
    57
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .835

    At the age of breakdown, 32, Big Tex sprained his wrist preparing for the WBC and will miss all of April and perhaps all of May now. This happened after the injury woes started creeping in last year, too, so you cannot consider him a premium pick in fantasy any longer. Even when he does return, keep in mind he's struggled to hit .250 the past three seasons, and there is no guarantee he is going to be 100 percent at any point in 2013. Wrist injuries are notoriously problematic for sluggers.

  171. Rank
    171
    Auction
    $5
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    16
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    171
    Rank
    8
    Overall
    171
    Rank
    86
    Overall
    171
    Player
    Will MiddlebrooksWill MiddlebrooksBoston Red SoxThird Base
    Avg
    .275
    HR
    22
    RBI
    78
    R
    60
    SB
    5
    OPS
    .815

    Middlebrooks looked like a rising fantasy superstar in the first half of 2012. After his disappointing second half, it's hard to confidently consider him a fantasy starter. Plus, he already re-injured his wrist in Spring Training. Middlebrooks has amazing potential, but he's too inconsistent to rely on yet.

  172. Rank
    172
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    $4
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    14
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    172
    Rank
    6
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    172
    Rank
    87
    Overall
    172
    Player
    Alexei RamirezAlexei RamirezChicago White SoxShortstop
    Avg
    .276
    HR
    13
    RBI
    75
    R
    70
    SB
    16
    OPS
    .725

    Ramirez, somewhat inexplicably, lost some homers and gained some steals last season. He's a candidate to go 15/15 at the shortstop position, so consider him one of the top 15 options there. The best part about Ramirez is his history of staying healthy throughout his five-year career.

  173. Rank
    173
    Auction
    $4
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    45
    Overall
    173
    Rank
    6
    Overall
    173
    Rank
    88
    Overall
    173
    Player
    Michael MorseMichael MorseSeattle MarinersOutfielder
    Avg
    .290
    HR
    21
    RBI
    75
    R
    67
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .830

    Morse returns to Seattle, where his career started, after an offseason trade from the Nationals, who had a glut of first base and outfield types. Morse will play outfield every day for the Mariners and deliver some pop for a team that sorely needs it. He ranks as one of our top 45 outfielders to target on draft day.

  174. Rank
    174
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    $4
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    37
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    174
    Rank
    4
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    174
    Rank
    89
    Overall
    174
    Player
    Jarrod ParkerJarrod ParkerOakland AthleticsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    21
    ERA
    3.50
    WHIP
    1.280
    K
    157
    SV
    0

    Parker is a 24-year-old right hander who has already gotten his Tommy John elbow surgery out of the way and can now surpass 200 innings for the first time. Those who prescribe to Tom Verducci's Year-After Effect will know Parker is a bit of an injury risky this season, but Parker's talent warrants him being picked right after the top 35 or so starting pitchers are gone.

  175. Rank
    175
    Auction
    $4
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    38
    Overall
    175
    Rank
    7
    Overall
    175
    Rank
    90
    Overall
    175
    Player
    Matt HarrisonMatt HarrisonTexas RangersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    19
    ERA
    3.45
    WHIP
    1.275
    K
    135
    SV
    0

    The 27-year-old Harrison is coming off an 18-win season that sets him up to be a potential fantasy ace, especially if you consider just how steady his ERA and WHIP have been the past two years. It is always dangerous to "chase wins" in fantasy, though, so consider Harrison modestly one of the top 40 starting pitchers to target.

  176. Rank
    176
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    $4
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    39
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    176
    Rank
    4
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    176
    Rank
    86
    Overall
    176
    Player
    Jeff SamardzijaJeff SamardzijaChicago CubsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    20
    ERA
    4.13
    WHIP
    1.250
    K
    192
    SV
    0

    While he won just nine games a year ago, Samardzija enjoyed a career year at age 27. Now, he can challenge for 200 innings, which for this power righty would also mean 200-plus strikeouts. He's a must-get pitcher in the middle rounds.

  177. Rank
    177
    Auction
    $4
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    40
    Overall
    177
    Rank
    3
    Overall
    177
    Rank
    87
    Overall
    177
    Player
    Jonathon NieseJonathon NieseNew York MetsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    20
    ERA
    3.80
    WHIP
    1.250
    K
    150
    SV
    0

    Pitching for the Mets is both a blessing and a curse for Niese, who can support a tidy ERA and WHIP for fantasy owners in that pitcher's park. The problem is, he likely won't be a big winner. The Mets are making some strides offensively, but the limited wins potential leaves Niese outside our top 40 starting pitchers.

  178. Rank
    178
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    $3
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    46
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    178
    Rank
    8
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    178
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    88
    Overall
    178
    Player
    Carlos GomezCarlos GomezMilwaukee BrewersOutfielder
    Avg
    .255
    HR
    15
    RBI
    59
    R
    79
    SB
    40
    OPS
    .694

    The 27-year-old Gomez finally hit .260, finally displayed his power and finally has become a rock-solid big-league regular. If he continues to improve at the rate he jumped a year ago, he has the potential to be a top-25 fantasy outfielder who might be picked after the top 50. Last year's breakthrough was more of a coming of age than a fluke, but there's still reason for caution.

  179. Rank
    179
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    $3
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    47
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    179
    Rank
    14
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    179
    Rank
    4
    Overall
    179
    Rank
    91
    Overall
    179
    Player
    Ryan DoumitRyan DoumitMinnesota TwinsCatcher/Outfielder
    Avg
    .272
    HR
    20
    RBI
    77
    R
    60
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .802

    Doumit is a solid hitter who happens to play catcher part time, which makes him the best of both worlds for fantasy owners. He gets most of his games at DH and projects to play a bit more regularly than most of the catchers around baseball. Consider him a solid option after the top 10 backstops are off the board.

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    Player
    Josh ReddickJosh ReddickOakland AthleticsOutfielder
    Avg
    .244
    HR
    27
    RBI
    82
    R
    74
    SB
    10
    OPS
    .770

    Reddick emerged as a viable everyday player last season, if not a potential fantasy star, hitting 32 homers and tallying 85 RBI. At just 26, Reddick could match those numbers or even exceed them. Getting his batting average up to .270 would help him jump into the top 30 among fantasy outfielders. As it is, he is just inside our top 50.

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    Player
    Dayan ViciedoDayan ViciedoChicago White SoxOutfielder
    Avg
    .263
    HR
    27
    RBI
    90
    R
    82
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .770

    The Cuban import has arrived as a big-league regular and his young age of 24 portends more to come. Like many Caribbean sluggers, he strikes out a lot and doesn't bother with walks, but his power potential keeps him among the top 50 at his position.

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    Player
    Jason KubelJason KubelArizona DiamondbacksOutfielder
    Avg
    .268
    HR
    25
    RBI
    85
    R
    70
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .801

    Kubel has enjoyed some good seasons, but his year-to-year consistency is not where it needs to be. He will be counted on a bit more after the trade of Justin Upton this winter, which can mean slightly better numbers but also more pressure. Kubel ranks among the top 50 outfielders, but you might be better off picking a younger talent with a higher ceiling at the same draft position.

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    Player
    Torii HunterTorii HunterDetroit TigersOutfielder
    Avg
    .277
    HR
    15
    RBI
    80
    R
    75
    SB
    7
    OPS
    .789

    Hunter, a career .277 hitter, batted a career-high .313 last season before heading to the Tigers in free agency. The fact that his previous career high in average was just .289 doesn't bode well for him repeating as a .300 hitter. Consider him one of the top 50 to target among outfielders, because his age makes him a bit dangerous and at risk for injury.

  184. Rank
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    Player
    Jarrod SaltalamacchiaJarrod SaltalamacchiaBoston Red SoxCatcher
    Avg
    .240
    HR
    20
    RBI
    60
    R
    55
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .750

    Numerous catchers can qualify as sleepers, because it's such a weak position. But Salty has long been considered one of the burgeoning power threats at the position, and he broke out with 25 homers last season. Since he hit a paltry .222, though, he likely will fall into the later rounds. If he can raise his batting average, he'll be a reliable fantasy starter.

  185. Rank
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    Player
    Dustin AckleyDustin AckleySeattle MarinersSecond Base
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    13
    RBI
    54
    R
    92
    SB
    12
    OPS
    .726

    Despite his ample potential, Ackley disappointed last season. He'll be 25 this year and is poised to break out as he enters his prime. Seattle's moving in the fences, which will help Ackley's power numbers, meaning he could be a 20/20 steal at a thin position late in the draft.

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    Mike MoustakasMike MoustakasKansas City RoyalsThird Base
    Avg
    .250
    HR
    23
    RBI
    82
    R
    70
    SB
    6
    OPS
    .752

    Moustakas played like a fantasy All-Star in the first half (.268/15/47/3/.327/.490), but fizzled frightfully in the second half (.211/5/26/28/2/.261/.325). Draft him based on the first half numbers, which more accurately reflect his potential. He'll be a great run producer among third baseman, and if he falls to you late, rest assured you've got a capable starter.

  187. Rank
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    Player
    Tim HudsonTim HudsonAtlanta BravesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    17
    ERA
    3.42
    WHIP
    1.240
    K
    75
    SV
    0

    Hudson's career has held up nicely into his late 30s. Although he isn't a big strikeout guy, he is an innings eater and consistent in the ERA and WHIP categories. The Braves look loaded this season offensively, so Hudson should challenge for 15-plus victories again. You won't go wrong here, despite his age.

  188. Rank
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    Player
    Brett AndersonBrett AndersonOakland AthleticsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    21
    ERA
    3.58
    WHIP
    1.250
    K
    154
    SV
    0

    Anderson returned well from Tommy John surgery down the stretch, setting him up for a potential return to the fantasy elite. The problem with ranking him inside the top 40 among starters is his potential innings limit. It would be hard to push his shoulder beyond 180 innings after he managed just 35 innings a year ago.

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    Player
    Alexi OgandoAlexi OgandoTexas RangersRelief Pitcher (Starting Pitcher)
    Wins
    12
    QS
    15
    ERA
    3.49
    WHIP
    1.150
    K
    130
    SV
    0

    Texas learned a painful lesson by bouncing elite prospect Neftali Feliz between the rotation and bullpen. Now, the Rangers can use those lessons and avoid making the same mistakes with Ogando. As a starter, Ogando will be a nice late-round sleeper, albeit one who might only have relief eligibility at the start of the season.

  190. Rank
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    Player
    Casey JanssenCasey JanssenToronto Blue JaysRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.89
    WHIP
    1.090
    K
    65
    SV
    24

    Janssen enjoyed a breakthrough last season, and his offseason shoulder procedure shouldn't keep him from holding off Sergio Santos this spring from the closer's role. If Janssen had the job locked up, he'd be a top-10 closer. The uncertainty reflects in his ranking, but he's still a must-own in two-stopper formats.

  191. Rank
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    191
    Player
    Jed LowrieJed LowrieOakland AthleticsShortstop
    Avg
    .250
    HR
    18
    RBI
    62
    R
    79
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .767

    The A's added Lowrie to serve as a super utility man around the infield. He will get most of his at-bats at third and second base, while Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima will serve as the primary shortstop. The versatility will come in handy for Lowrie owners, but it is his pop that gets him ranked among the top 15 at short.

  192. Rank
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    Player
    Everth CabreraEverth CabreraSan Diego PadresShortstop
    Avg
    .240
    HR
    2
    RBI
    37
    R
    65
    SB
    40
    OPS
    .648

    The Padres say Cabrera is going to be their primary shortstop entering spring, which can make him one of the must-have sources of steals in Rotisserie leagues. Cabrera is a threat to lead the league in steals, but his offensive skills likely limit his on-base opportunities. Consider him after the top 15 at shortstop.

  193. Rank
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    Erick AybarErick AybarLos Angeles AngelsShortstop
    Avg
    .278
    HR
    7
    RBI
    52
    R
    70
    SB
    23
    OPS
    .735

    Aybar is more of a glove guy than a fantasy option, but he can slap his way to a decent average and help out in the stolen-base category in Rotisserie formats. There is a slight chance he can serve as the Angels' leadoff man if they want their wunderkind Mike Trout to hit a bit lower in the order. In that event, bump Aybar just inside the top 15 at short.

  194. Rank
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    Player
    Andrelton SimmonsAndrelton SimmonsAtlanta BravesShortstop
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    5
    RBI
    40
    R
    69
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .708

    Simmons was the biggest gainer in the Braves' deal for Justin Upton. The loss of Martin Prado opened up the leadoff spot and will allow Simmons to get loads more plate appearances in front of one of the better middles of the order in baseball. Statistically, Simmons enters the season as a poor man's Elvis Andrus, but Simmons can become a top 10 fantasy shortstop in his first full year.

  195. Rank
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    Player
    Michael CuddyerMichael CuddyerColorado RockiesFirst Base/Outfielder
    Avg
    .271
    HR
    20
    RBI
    74
    R
    72
    SB
    6
    OPS
    .795

    Cuddyer's first year in Coors Field was supposed to make him a star. Instead, it affirmed him as a low-end fantasy option at the deep outfield position. A season of health can do him wonders, though, especially if you buy into the theory that free agents tend to hit their stride in Year 2.

  196. Rank
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    Player
    Tommy HansonTommy HansonLos Angeles AngelsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.63
    WHIP
    1.260
    K
    175
    SV
    0

    A few mediocre seasons and some shoulder woes led to the Braves shipping Hanson to the Angels this winter. Now, Hanson will offer outstanding fantasy potential relative to his draft position, especially when so few people are expecting him to become that front-line starter he looked like he'd be as a prospect.

  197. Rank
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    Lance LynnLance LynnSt. Louis CardinalsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.69
    WHIP
    1.280
    K
    179
    SV
    0

    Lynn, like most rookie pitchers, wore down in the second half, but he was able to stretch out his shoulder to 176 innings. That sets him up for a potential 200-inning campaign, which would make him a fantasy breakout pitcher. He will be drafted among the top 50 starters, but he has the potential to perform like a top-30 option.

  198. Rank
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    Player
    Denard SpanDenard SpanWashington NationalsOutfielder
    Avg
    .281
    HR
    3
    RBI
    60
    R
    100
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .739

    Span was an important addition for the Nationals this winter, and not only because of his own table-setting skills. Span will lead off and allow phenom Bryce Harper to move to the third spot in the order. Span is set up for a career year and is a value pick after the top 50 outfielders are gone.

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    Lorenzo CainLorenzo CainKansas City RoyalsOutfielder
    Avg
    .281
    HR
    10
    RBI
    45
    R
    74
    SB
    24
    OPS
    .739

    If not for the hamstring issue that plagued him a year ago, Cain would be considered one of the more promising young outfielders in baseball. The Royals are going to let him play every day and prove to be the 20/20 talent he projects to be. Consider him a high-upside pick after the first 50 outfielders are gone.

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    Player
    Ichiro SuzukiIchiro SuzukiNew York YankeesOutfielder
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    7
    RBI
    50
    R
    75
    SB
    25
    OPS
    .690

    Age has ended Suzuki's run as one of the must-have outfielders in fantasy, but he can still get on base and set the table for a Yankees' offense that isn't done churning out production. Suzuki is a relatively safe pick among the top 60 at his position, even if his best days are long behind him.

  201. Rank
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    Player
    Dexter FowlerDexter FowlerColorado RockiesOutfielder
    Avg
    .279
    HR
    15
    RBI
    55
    R
    89
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .829

    Fowler doesn't steal a lot of bases or hit a lot of homers, but he turns 27 this season and is coming off a .300 campaign. There is the potential for more here and, if he hits .300 again, he will easily outperform his draft position. He is just now entering his prime years of production.

  202. Rank
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    Player
    Derek HollandDerek HollandTexas RangersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    14
    QS
    20
    ERA
    4.20
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    155
    SV
    0

    Holland took a bit of a step back last season, but not a big enough one to lose his status as a top-50 fantasy starter. The Rangers will remain a solid contender in the AL West and will get to beat up on the rebuilding Astros in their division, so Holland should be able to get his wins total back up, even if his ERA and WHIP remain a bit high.

  203. Rank
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    Player
    Mike MinorMike MinorAtlanta BravesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    17
    ERA
    3.80
    WHIP
    1.175
    K
    162
    SV
    0

    Everyone loves Kris Medlen coming off his surprising stint as a starter last season, and that's completely masking Minor's breakout potential. This lefty might be the better pitcher, and he'll go many rounds later. Consider him a savvy sleeper pick.

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    Manny MachadoManny MachadoBaltimore OriolesThird Base
    Avg
    .255
    HR
    18
    RBI
    75
    R
    70
    SB
    11
    OPS
    .738

    Machado held his own while playing meaningful September baseball on a contender, which bodes well for his potential over a full season. He's a future star and should be drafted among the top 20 third baseman. If he increased his walks and got on base more, he'd be an even more exciting fantasy prospect in 2013.

  205. Rank
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    Trevor PlouffeTrevor PlouffeMinnesota TwinsThird Base
    Avg
    .236
    HR
    21
    RBI
    67
    R
    65
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .736

    Plouffe, who turns 27 this season, won the starting third base job while breaking through in the power department. He'll be a bargain utility and bench player late, especially if he can raise his feeble batting average and not cost his owners in that department.

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    Player
    Hiroki KurodaHiroki KurodaNew York YankeesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.45
    WHIP
    1.200
    K
    160
    SV
    0

    Kuroda won't excite anyone, but that is precisely what should excite you. He's the rare unheralded Yankee and figures to be a consistent starting option. The Yankees certainly can make him a winner as long as he holds up into his late 30s, as he did a year ago.

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    Player
    Alfonso SorianoAlfonso SorianoChicago CubsOutfielder
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    25
    RBI
    85
    R
    60
    SB
    5
    OPS
    .807

    Soriano's numbers don't warrant his paycheck, but that commonly held opinion allows him to last deep into drafts. We're ranking him as one of the top 60 fantasy outfielders, but there are likely leagues where his contract stigma will see him fall even later than that.

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    Carlos QuentinCarlos QuentinSan Diego PadresOutfielder
    Avg
    .253
    HR
    25
    RBI
    80
    R
    65
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .842

    Quentin has never become the elite fantasy outfielder he seemed poised to become, but that is mostly a function of injury woes. He is expected to be ready this spring and offers the Padres at least some pop in the middle of their order. You can do a lot worse than Quentin at the position, especially for his ceiling if he can ever play 140 games in a season.

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    Player
    Anibal SanchezAnibal SanchezDetroit TigersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    17
    ERA
    3.76
    WHIP
    1.350
    K
    165
    SV
    0

    Sanchez earned an $80 million contract this winter, an awful lot of money to commit to a 29-year-old who has yet to reach 200 innings in a season. This could be the year Sanchez finally hits that mark, because he has proven fairly consistent the past three seasons. He should win plenty of games while playing for a contender, too.

  210. Rank
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    Player
    A.J. BurnettA.J. BurnettPittsburgh PiratesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    15
    ERA
    4.06
    WHIP
    1.330
    K
    169
    SV
    0

    Burnett enjoyed a renaissance in Pittsburgh, having gotten away from the heat lamp that is New York City. Burnett suits a small-market club and will be a solid starter again this season. He's the rare player worth reaching for earlier than his ADP.

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    Player
    Trevor CahillTrevor CahillArizona DiamondbacksStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    20
    ERA
    3.88
    WHIP
    1.320
    K
    151
    SV
    0

    Cahill has seemingly leveled off as a solid but not spectacular fantasy starter, but let's not forget he will be just 25 this season. He can pitch a lot better than he has the past two seasons, so consider him a sound pick after the top 50 fantasy starters are off the board.

  212. Rank
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    Player
    Adam EatonAdam EatonArizona DiamondbacksOutfielder
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    4
    RBI
    40
    R
    83
    SB
    31
    OPS
    .720

    Eaton was one of the winners of the Justin Upton trade, since he will get 400-500 at-bats, perhaps as the everyday center fielder and leadoff man for the D'backs. Eaton is a threat to be a steals hog and is a solid pick among the top 60 fantasy outfielders.

  213. Rank
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    Player
    Chris YoungChris YoungOakland AthleticsOutfielder
    Avg
    .239
    HR
    20
    RBI
    74
    R
    64
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .755

    The 29-year-old Young is coming off perhaps his most disappointing year, and he's had a career of them. A change of scenery to Oakland can only do him good. His homer and steals potential make him worth targeting, but be prepared to write him off if the Young of 2012 shows up again.

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    Player
    Carlos RuizCarlos RuizPhiladelphia PhilliesCatcher
    Avg
    .275
    HR
    12
    RBI
    60
    R
    55
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .790

    Ruiz is coming off a career year, which few could have seen coming for the 34-year-old. What we see coming now: Ruiz missing the month of April after being busted for amphetamines and landing a 25-game suspension. That makes Ruiz a late-round pick, albeit one who can perform like a starting catcher once his ban runs out.

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    A.J. PierzynskiA.J. PierzynskiTexas RangersCatcher
    Avg
    .284
    HR
    15
    RBI
    66
    R
    59
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .752

    Backstops rarely post career years at age 36, but Pierzynski has defied the odds as a catcher hitting well into his 30s. In Texas, he's a fringe starter in standard leagues but a player worth grabbing in two-catcher formats.

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    J.P. ArencibiaJ.P. ArencibiaToronto Blue JaysCatcher
    Avg
    .230
    HR
    20
    RBI
    72
    R
    49
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .730

    Arencibia hasn't completely arrived as a fantasy run producer, but he is 27 this season and has the potential to lead the position in homers. He'll stick you with a low batting average, but few catchers deliver in that category. Arencibia's pop makes him a high-upside second catcher in fantasy.

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    Player
    Alex AvilaAlex AvilaDetroit TigersCatcher
    Avg
    .261
    HR
    12
    RBI
    63
    R
    51
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .791

    Avila wore down a bit last season, but we should expect him to produce somewhere between his breakthrough 2011 and disappointing 2012. Victor Martinez will be healthy again, but the primary DH won't cut enough into Avila's at-bats to diminish the latter's value too much. Consider Avila a top-20 catcher who has the potential to perform like a top-10 option.

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    Player
    Glen PerkinsGlen PerkinsMinnesota TwinsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    2
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.52
    WHIP
    1.179
    K
    71
    SV
    23

    Perkins figures to open the year as the Twins' closer again, albeit in one of the tougher places to earn save chances. The Twins just don't figure to win games consistently. Perkins is a source for saves, but don't target him until almost 30 other closers are off the board.

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    Player
    Ryan MadsonRyan MadsonLos Angeles AngelsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    3
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.10
    WHIP
    1.200
    K
    59
    SV
    15

    Madson is coming off Tommy John elbow surgery, but the Angels felt confident enough in his recovery to sign him as a free agent this winter. He might not be ready for Opening Day, which could be enough to keep him from being the Angels' first choice at closer. The Angels figure to be a good source for saves again, so their closer will go off the board among the first 30 relievers.

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    Neil WalkerNeil WalkerPittsburgh PiratesSecond Base
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    13
    RBI
    75
    R
    75
    SB
    8
    OPS
    .763

    The 27-year-old Walker doesn't star in any one category (15 homers, seven steals, .768 OPS last season), but he's a solid option at a thin position. He's entering his prime and playing for an improving offense, meaning he could wind up in the top 10 among second basemen if he improves even marginally.

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    Howie KendrickHowie KendrickLos Angeles AngelsSecond Base
    Avg
    .292
    HR
    12
    RBI
    65
    R
    80
    SB
    13
    OPS
    .756

    We've finally ceased calling Kendrick a future batting champ. We know what he really is: a .280/15/15 guy. That's decent production at a thin position, but it's not nearly enough to justify reaching for him like fantasy owners have done in past years. He'll score runs in a loaded offense, but don't count on Kendrick emerging as a sleeper superstar.

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    Player
    Josh RutledgeJosh RutledgeColorado RockiesShortstop (Second Base)
    Avg
    .263
    HR
    12
    RBI
    67
    R
    65
    SB
    11
    OPS
    .754

    The silver lining to Troy Tulowitzki's injury-plagued 2012 was discovering Rutledge as a fantasy option in the middle infield. Rutledge figures to play regularly at second base, and his speed and pop can make him a popular pick just inside the top 20 at second or short.

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    Player
    Jedd GyorkoJedd GyorkoSan Diego PadresThird Base (Second Base)
    Avg
    .279
    HR
    15
    RBI
    62
    R
    51
    SB
    5
    OPS
    .746

    Many leagues won't qualify Gyorko at second base -- he has played mostly third base in the minors -- but the offensively challenged Padres have their best hitter, Chase Headley, at third and are expected to give Gyorko a chance to make the team at second base. If that happens, look out. Gyorko hit a combined .311/30/100/80/5/.373/.547 in 499 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A last year. His arrival and move to second base can give you a great late-round option for a burgeoning power bat at second base.

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    Player
    Hisashi IwakumaHisashi IwakumaSeattle MarinersStarting Pitcher/Relief Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.51
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    190
    SV
    0

    If you're in the hunt for strikeouts late in your draft, Iwakuma is a pretty good option. The 31-year-old Japanese righty struck out 101 batters in his 16 starts and 14 relief appearances as a rookie. He is now the Mariners' No. 2 starter behind Felix Hernandez and, even with the fences pulled in, Seattle's Safeco Field is a nice place to pitch half of your games.

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    Michael YoungMichael YoungPhiladelphia PhilliesThird Base/First Base
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    10
    RBI
    65
    R
    77
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .700

    The former hit machine finally wore out his welcome in Texas, but he gets to call another great hitter's park home in 2013. He will be the regular third baseman for the Phillies and has a shot at a rebound campaign now that he's in a fresh and favorable situation.

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    Adam DunnAdam DunnChicago White SoxFirst Base
    Avg
    .214
    HR
    31
    RBI
    90
    R
    80
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .844

    If not for strikeouts and a Mendoza Line batting average, Dunn would be considered a fantasy stud. But he whiffs so much he's merely an end-game $1 pick for his power numbers. In head-to-head points leagues that don't penalize strikeouts, consider Dunn a more legitimate fantasy option.

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    Mark ReynoldsMark ReynoldsCleveland IndiansFirst Base
    Avg
    .235
    HR
    29
    RBI
    80
    R
    70
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .807

    Reynolds owns one of the most powerful bats in baseball, but he's anchored down by strikeouts and an awful batting average. A move to Cleveland can reignite his fantasy value, but don't count on a return to the elite.

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    Player
    Phil HughesPhil HughesNew York YankeesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    15
    QS
    17
    ERA
    4.15
    WHIP
    1.250
    K
    170
    SV
    0

    Hughes obviously hasn't been the ace the Yankees thought he'd be, but in fantasy terms he could have a breakout year. He turns 27 this season, and if he reaches 200 innings for the first time while playing for a contender, he'll be looking at impressive wins and strikeout totals even if his ERA and WHIP aren't elite.

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    Bud NorrisBud NorrisHouston AstrosStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.65
    WHIP
    1.350
    K
    188
    SV
    0

    Norris hasn't proven to be a winner or a candidate for 200 innings yet, but he is squarely in his prime at 28 and can reach the 200-inning plateau for the first time. That makes him a high-upside pick, especially considering his strikeout potential.

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    Edinson VolquezEdinson VolquezSan Diego PadresStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    21
    ERA
    4.01
    WHIP
    1.450
    K
    181
    SV
    0

    Few are going to highly rate Volquez because he pitches for the lowly Padres and walks far too many batters, but those warts make him a late-round steal. Volquez is a lot better than he has shown over the years and can still enjoy a breakthrough, especially in the Padres' pitcher-friendly park.

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    Player
    Matt HarveyMatt HarveyNew York MetsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    18
    ERA
    4.00
    WHIP
    1.250
    K
    165
    SV
    0

    Harvey showed flashes of brilliance as a rookie, and he gives the Mets a power arm with some eventual front-line potential. But that's the key: He's a project, not a 2013 ace. It's always possible that he'll set the fantasy world on fire in his first season, especially in a pitcher's park, so consider drafting him among the top 60 starter.

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    Josh BeckettJosh BeckettLos Angeles DodgersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    17
    ERA
    3.92
    WHIP
    1.230
    K
    151
    SV
    0

    Beckett is coming off one of the worst seasons of his sometimes stellar, sometimes cellar career. He still has the stuff to perform like a top-25 ace, but it's impossible to justify drafting him that high. If things go right in Los Angeles, Beckett can be an outstanding rebound candidate. But wait until the late rounds before taking that chance.

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    Player
    Corey HartCorey HartMilwaukee BrewersFirst Base/Outfielder
    Avg
    .276
    HR
    21
    RBI
    66
    R
    61
    SB
    4
    OPS
    .834

    Hart could miss the first six weeks of the season after knee surgery, but there's hope that he'll beat the timetable. Track his situation closely, but understand that he's worth picking even in the worst-case scenario following his 30-homer season.

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    Logan MorrisonLogan MorrisonMiami MarlinsFirst Base/Outfielder
    Avg
    .260
    HR
    20
    RBI
    84
    R
    70
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .790

    Morrison disappointed in a big way last season, going from a budding star to a fantasy question mark. LoMo turns 26 in August and still has breakout potential, and the Marlins won't be as quick to give up on him now that they're in a rebuilding year. Consider him a solid sleeper after the first 30 first basemen and 60 outfielders are gone.

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    Ryan LudwickRyan LudwickCincinnati RedsOutfielder
    Avg
    .263
    HR
    24
    RBI
    82
    R
    55
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .800

    Ludwick resurrected his career nicely in Cincy last season, displaying the kind of pop that once made him an elite fantasy slugger. The Great American Bandbox is a park that ideally suits him and will make him a nice sleeper at outfield.

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    Justin RuggianoJustin RuggianoMiami MarlinsOutfielder
    Avg
    .277
    HR
    15
    RBI
    65
    R
    60
    SB
    15
    OPS
    .795

    Ruggiano has delivered good stretches in his pro career, but they usually only last a few weeks. Last season, however, he went on a three-month tear that made him look like an elite fantasy outfielder capable of going .300/25/25. Those expectations are outlandish for the half-year wonder, but he does look like someone worth drafting in the later rounds.

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    David MurphyDavid MurphyTexas RangersOutfielder
    Avg
    .285
    HR
    17
    RBI
    66
    R
    60
    SB
    10
    OPS
    .801

    Josh Hamilton's departure might actually positively impact Murphy, a long-time fantasy fringe outfielder. Murphy figures to have a full-time job and an opportunity to post a career year. He's got some upside, but not enough to view him as anything more than a late-round stash.

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    Kevin YoukilisKevin YoukilisNew York YankeesThird Base/First Base
    Avg
    .265
    HR
    15
    RBI
    65
    R
    65
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .775

    The Yankees are attempting to revitalize the famed Greek God of Walks. Youk has skills that can last into his mid-30s as long as his body can hold up. He shouldn't be the starting third or first baseman on a first-division fantasy club, but using him as an end-game fallback option is justifiable.

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    Lance BerkmanLance BerkmanTexas RangersFirst Base
    Avg
    .275
    HR
    23
    RBI
    77
    R
    65
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .885

    The Rangers won't replace the lost offense of Josh Hamilton and Michael Young with Berkman, but the Big Puma does fit nicely as a veteran DH with some solid run-production potential. The at-bats at DH should help him stay healthier coming off chronic knee woes.

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    Garrett JonesGarrett JonesPittsburgh PiratesFirst Base/Outfielder
    Avg
    .259
    HR
    23
    RBI
    79
    R
    65
    SB
    4
    OPS
    .787

    Jones has displayed some elite fantasy potential in spurts, but the Pirates have been inclined to make him more of a platoon option because of his .189 average against left handers. He hit 25 of his 27 homers against righties and posted a batting average .100 points higher. The good news is that there are more righties than lefties on the mound.

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    Player
    Ricky RomeroRicky RomeroToronto Blue JaysStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    17
    ERA
    4.09
    WHIP
    1.390
    K
    171
    SV
    0

    Romero is coming off a disappointing year that will make him more of a back-end starter than an ace. The Blue Jays added three starters ahead of him in the rotation this winter, which should at least take the pressure off. Romero is still in his prime and healthy, so a rebound year is entirely possible.

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    Player
    Homer BaileyHomer BaileyCincinnati RedsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    20
    ERA
    4.15
    WHIP
    1.250
    K
    155
    SV
    0

    Bailey, who turns 27 this season, is coming off a career year and finally made good on all that promise that once made him one of the most coveted pitching prospects in baseball. He is now more solid starter than ace, but his age suggests he could really pop (in the good way) this season. Target him among the top 60 starting pitchers.

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    Tyler ColvinTyler ColvinColorado RockiesOutfielder/First Base
    Avg
    .270
    HR
    21
    RBI
    76
    R
    65
    SB
    5
    OPS
    .809

    Colvin hit 17 of his homers against right handers last year, and that's when he performed like an elite fantasy outfielder. Against lefties, he was fringe fodder. The Rockies need to play guys as talented as Colvin, so expect him to emerge with more regular at-bats. He is a solid end-game pick in standard leagues, and one with dual eligibility to boot.

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    Doug FisterDoug FisterDetroit TigersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.49
    WHIP
    1.180
    K
    140
    SV
    0

    Fister isn't necessarily a star in any single format, but his steadiness across the categories and his rotation status with a top contender make him one of the starters you will be happy to slot at the back of your rotation in standard leagues.

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    Wade MileyWade MileyArizona DiamondbacksStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    17
    ERA
    3.87
    WHIP
    1.245
    K
    139
    SV
    0

    Miley, 26, is coming off a rookie season few could have anticipated. It makes him a bit of a risky pick this year, not because of his potential as much as his ability to outperform his draft position. It'll be tough for Miley to replicate his 2012 stats, but if he drops out of the top 60 starters, jump all over him.

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    Colby RasmusColby RasmusToronto Blue JaysOutfielder
    Avg
    .245
    HR
    22
    RBI
    75
    R
    60
    SB
    9
    OPS
    .735

    Rasmus came with some incredible expectations as a prospect, but they have gone largely unfulfilled. The best news about this now power-only outfielder is that he turns 27 this season. He's also playing on a loaded offense, which should increase his chances to score and drive in runs.

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    A.J. GriffinA.J. GriffinOakland AthleticsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    15
    ERA
    3.65
    WHIP
    1.275
    K
    139
    SV
    0

    Griffin arrived with fireworks in the second half last season, looking like an immediate fantasy ace. But it's as difficult to trust young pitching as it is to extrapolate 15 starts into 30. Griffin's numbers may make him look elite, but he should be drafted after the top 60 starting pitchers until we know if he can handle the 200-inning grind.

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    Ryan VogelsongRyan VogelsongSan Francisco GiantsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    19
    ERA
    3.79
    WHIP
    1.265
    K
    155
    SV
    0

    Vogelsong is a classic late-bloomer who was once a coveted pitching prospect. He didn't hit his stride until his 30s, but he has the look of a sleeper in drafts, because few truly trust that's he's as good as he has shown the past two seasons. He's a value pick.

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    Drew StubbsDrew StubbsCleveland IndiansOutfielder
    Avg
    .241
    HR
    15
    RBI
    61
    R
    60
    SB
    32
    OPS
    .698

    Stubbs couldn't prove level enough with the Reds, who shipped him to the Indians this winter. He will get a chance to fix his inconsistencies, which mostly lie with his low batting average. He is a cheap source of steals and offers some upside in the power department for those who can assume the risk of his Mendoza Line average.

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    Matt GarzaMatt GarzaChicago CubsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    15
    ERA
    3.85
    WHIP
    1.275
    K
    147
    SV
    0

    Garza, potentially a top-25 starter, has become a late-round injury-risk sleeper because of the stress reaction in his elbow that limited him to 18 starts a year ago. He is reportedly healthy right now, but that could change during Spring Training. Still, if he's drafted less there's minimal risk and potentially high reward.

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    Ryan DempsterRyan DempsterBoston Red SoxStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    14
    ERA
    4.34
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    165
    SV
    0

    Dempster's 2012 renaissance landed him in Boston, which used to be a great place to find fantasy aces. Now, it's a place to look for fantasy sleepers. We cannot be sure exactly how Dempster will perform in Fenway Park, but the hope for a healthier and more productive Red Sox offense can make him a late-round winner.

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    Clay BuchholzClay BuchholzBoston Red SoxStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.93
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    135
    SV
    0

    Buchholz wound up being Boston's de facto ace last season as everything crumbled around him. It sets him up for an even better season, especially with the return of pitching guru John Farrell as manager. Consider Buchholz a solid pick among fantasy's top 70 starters.

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    Johan SantanaJohan SantanaNew York MetsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    17
    ERA
    4.00
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    140
    SV
    0

    Santana proved capable coming off shoulder surgery, even pitching the first no-hitter in Mets history, but he couldn't stay healthy enough to make it through a full season. The Mets are expecting more this year, but only because his contract warrants it. Santana figures to start well, but he will be a dangerous commodity to hold as his shoulder wears down later in the season.

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    Player
    Starling MarteStarling MartePittsburgh PiratesOutfielder
    Avg
    .259
    HR
    12
    RBI
    55
    R
    72
    SB
    20
    OPS
    .715

    Marte is a multi-talented outfielder who performed as well as anticipated down the stretch with the Pirates. It sets him up for a breakthrough sophomore season. Consider him a high-upside pick after the top 70 at outfield.

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    Player
    Edwin JacksonEdwin JacksonChicago CubsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    17
    ERA
    4.00
    WHIP
    1.315
    K
    159
    SV
    0

    Jackson hasn't proven to be the elite pitching prospect he was billed to be, but he has carved out a decent career as a mid-rotation guy. He is a back-end starter in fantasy leagues, pitching for the anticipated non-contender on Chicago's north side.

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    Player
    Jason GrilliJason GrilliPittsburgh PiratesRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    1
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.10
    WHIP
    1.175
    K
    72
    SV
    21

    The offseason trade of Joel Hanrahan handed the Pirates' closer duties to the veteran Grilli. There's a chance Mark Melancon emerges midseason after his 2012 disaster, but Grilli is the choice to land the role at the beginning of the season.

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    Player
    Steve CishekSteve CishekMiami MarlinsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    3
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.25
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    65
    SV
    19

    Cishek was usually the Marlins' choice at closer when Heath Bell imploded as a free-agent addition last season. Now, Bell is a reliever elsewhere and Cishek is the likely initial choice for saves with the Marlins. They're rebuilding and Cishek is no sure thing, so consider him a low-end closer.

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    Player
    Yasmani GrandalYasmani GrandalSan Diego PadresCatcher
    Avg
    .290
    HR
    11
    RBI
    47
    R
    38
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .825

    Grandal, 24, is coming off an impressive rookie year, but was one of those rumored to be tied to Biogenesis, a Miami-based anti-aging clinic. The news came out after he was already suspended 50 games for elevated levels of testosterone, which will push a great talent into the late rounds if you're willing to stash him for two months.

  259. Rank
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    Player
    Chris IannettaChris IannettaLos Angeles AngelsCatcher
    Avg
    .236
    HR
    15
    RBI
    58
    R
    49
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .780

    Iannetta is an erstwhile prospect who hasn't quite become the elite fantasy catcher he was capable of becoming. A fractured wrist was the cause in 2012, but if it hadn't been that, it would have been something else. As it is, he is a catcher with pop and a solid late-round pick in two-backstop formats.

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    Player
    Jhonny PeraltaJhonny PeraltaDetroit TigersShortstop
    Avg
    .264
    HR
    16
    RBI
    65
    R
    65
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .749

    Peralta lost weight this winter to help with his range at shortstop, a sign that the Tigers might not be entirely happy with him as a full-timer at the key defensive position. Peralta has always been more hitter than fielder, but his age is eroding those skills. Consider him a fallback option at shortstop in the late rounds.

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    Player
    Stephen DrewStephen DrewBoston Red SoxShortstop
    Avg
    .265
    HR
    12
    RBI
    65
    R
    65
    SB
    5
    OPS
    .750

    Drew is a perennial sleeper, but we're sticking with the not-so-bold prediction this year. Fenway Park has turned far less talented infielders like Bill Mueller, Marco Scutaro and Mike Aviles into useful fantasy players. Drew will turn just 30 this year, and the hint of the player who went .291/21 in 2008 is still there ... somewhere.

  262. Rank
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    Player
    Zack CozartZack CozartCincinnati RedsShortstop
    Avg
    .251
    HR
    16
    RBI
    62
    R
    75
    SB
    5
    OPS
    .695

    The Reds thought enough of the 27-year-old Cozart's arrival last season to move elite prospect Billy Hamilton to outfield and trade another MLB-ready shortstop prospect. Cozart is a solid defender and has pop, so consider him a poor man's J.J. Hardy in the late rounds.

  263. Rank
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    Player
    Gordon BeckhamGordon BeckhamChicago White SoxSecond Base
    Avg
    .245
    HR
    17
    RBI
    65
    R
    70
    SB
    7
    OPS
    .712

    Insteading of turning into the next Dustin Pedroia, Beckham turned into the next Kelly Johnson: a second baseman with some pop who's anchored by an awful batting average. Entering his prime years, though, Beckham is a good bet to post career bests across the fantasy board. That would merely require him going .271/17/61/63/8, but anything beyond that would make him quite a late-round find.

  264. Rank
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    Player
    Ryan CookRyan CookOakland AthleticsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    4
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.65
    WHIP
    1.100
    K
    74
    SV
    17

    While Grant Balfour is the likely initial choice to close for the A's, Cook is a talent who can have the final say. It makes him a late-round sleeper in Rotisserie leagues for those looking for save chances after all the true closers are gone.

  265. Rank
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    Player
    Bobby ParnellBobby ParnellNew York MetsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    4
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.10
    WHIP
    1.333
    K
    60
    SV
    19

    Parnell entered spring as the Mets' de facto closer because Frank Francisco was coming off a disappointing year, not to mention dealing with an elbow issue, and the Mets didn't want to take a chance on the likes of Brian Wilson, Jose Valverde or Francisco Rodriguez late in free agency. There are still myriad circumstances that could make Parnell a setup man instead, but consider him late in drafts as an option for chances at the start of the season. His arm is good enough to grow into a full-time closer if the opportunity persists.

  266. Rank
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    Player
    Jose VerasJose VerasHouston AstrosRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    2
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.65
    WHIP
    1.360
    K
    75
    SV
    14

    The Astros picked up the veteran Veras and said he would compete for the closer's role on their rebuilding club. He registers as a late-round pick for that reason alone. If he loses out on the job this spring, ignore him.

  267. Rank
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    Player
    Vinnie PestanoVinnie PestanoCleveland IndiansRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    2
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.50
    WHIP
    1.110
    K
    75
    SV
    9

    Chris Perez was not only a candidate for a trade or removal from the Indians' closer role, he is now at risk of opening the year on the DL due to a muscle strain in his shoulder. That opens up an opportunity late in drafts for Pestano, who was a favorite among fantasy pundits as a potential heir for the closer's role even before the Perez injury.

  268. Rank
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    Player
    Kyuji FujikawaKyuji FujikawaChicago CubsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    0
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.15
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    74
    SV
    9

    The Cubs brought in Fujikawa from Japan to compete with Carlos Marmol for the closer's role, if not provide insurance. As a likely backup closer on one of the worst teams in baseball to start the season, Fujikawa is merely a late-round flier for save opportunities down the road.

  269. Rank
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    Player
    Jonathan BroxtonJonathan BroxtonCincinnati RedsRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    3
    QS
    0
    ERA
    3.11
    WHIP
    1.240
    K
    51
    SV
    9

    The Reds weren't exactly sure how they were going to limit Aroldis Chapman to 150 innings this season, so they will decide to just keep the Cuban lefty in the Reds' closer role. That knocks Broxton out of fantasy viability in most leagues, but he is still a late-round flier in case the Reds switch gears midseason and stretch Chapman out to start.

  270. Rank
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    Player
    Jonny VentersJonny VentersAtlanta BravesRelief Pitcher
    Wins
    5
    QS
    0
    ERA
    2.25
    WHIP
    1.250
    K
    75
    SV
    3

    If Craig Kimbrel is easily the No. 1 closer in fantasy, then it stands to figure we have to consider his setup man Venters late in Rotisserie formats. If anything happens to Kimbrel, Venters would immediately become a top-10 closer option.

  271. Rank
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    Player
    Wade DavisWade DavisKansas City RoyalsRelief Pitcher (Starting Pitcher)
    Wins
    12
    QS
    15
    ERA
    3.95
    WHIP
    1.320
    K
    151
    SV
    0

    Davis is in the same boat as Alexi Ogando, a reliever a year ago who will be used as a starter this season. Davis was looking like a perennial 15-game winner before a numbers game forced the Rays to slot him as a reliever and eventually deal him to the Royals in the James Shields-Wil Myers blockbuster. The Royals aren't usually a great place to look for fantasy starters, but Shields and Davis give them a chance to erase that stigma. Davis could be limited by an innings count, though.

  272. Rank
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    Player
    A.J. EllisA.J. EllisLos Angeles DodgersCatcher
    Avg
    .267
    HR
    11
    RBI
    50
    R
    41
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .755

    Ellis won't wow you as a hitter, but how many catchers truly do? Consider him an end-game stopgap at the catcher position who won't help but also won't really hurt.

  273. Rank
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    Player
    Russell MartinRussell MartinPittsburgh PiratesCatcher
    Avg
    .235
    HR
    14
    RBI
    51
    R
    48
    SB
    5
    OPS
    .724

    Martin leaves the microscope of New York City for the obscurity of Pittsburgh, making him nothing more than a late-round pick, even if his numbers stay at his career levels. He's a fallback catcher late.

  274. Rank
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    Player
    James McDonaldJames McDonaldPittsburgh PiratesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    11
    QS
    15
    ERA
    4.11
    WHIP
    1.390
    K
    147
    SV
    0

    McDonald's last season was a tale of two halves. First, he was an ace (9-3, 2.37 ERA), then he was a scrub (3-5, 7.52). We should expect him to be somewhere in between, but quality enough to consider as a late-round pick in standard Rotisserie leagues.

  275. Rank
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    Player
    Tyler FlowersTyler FlowersChicago White SoxCatcher
    Avg
    .227
    HR
    13
    RBI
    53
    R
    49
    SB
    2
    OPS
    .722

    Flowers will finally get his chance to be a big-league regular. He has pop in his bat, but we cannot be sure exactly how he will respond to the rigors of his first full season in the majors. He warrants being selected before the reserve draft in standard Rotisserie formats.

  276. Rank
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    Player
    Jaime GarciaJaime GarciaSt. Louis CardinalsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    15
    ERA
    3.44
    WHIP
    1.340
    K
    141
    SV
    0

    Garcia dealt with shoulder woes a year ago, but the Cardinals are hoping he can prove healthier and capable of a full season -- especially after the news that Chris Carpenter might not pitch this season. Garcia is a solid starter for all leagues when healthy, but the uncertainty makes him a reserve pick after all starters are selected in standard Rotisserie leagues.

  277. Rank
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    Player
    Trevor BauerTrevor BauerCleveland IndiansStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    9
    QS
    15
    ERA
    4.01
    WHIP
    1.450
    K
    140
    SV
    0

    It was an odd divorce for the D'backs and the immensely talented Bauer, who is set in his own ways on how to train. It got him sent to the Indians, despite the fact that he's one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. He is a candidate for a huge breakthrough, but the D'backs' willingness to give up on him leaves us with questions. Consider him a must-have late-rounder if he wins a spot in the Indians' rotation.

  278. Rank
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    Player
    Wil MyersWil MyersTampa Bay RaysOutfielder
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    17
    RBI
    59
    R
    50
    SB
    4
    OPS
    .795

    The Rays sent two veteran starting pitchers to the Royals for Myers, one of the most coveted prospects in the game. The catcher turned outfielder hit a combined .314/37/109/98/6/.387/.600 in 522 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A, and could start this year in the minors to work on limiting the 140 whiffs he posted last year. But the Rays will need the offense sooner than later, so consider Myers the most intriguing prospect call-up after Opening Day. If he's anything like Mike Trout, you'll want to own him.

  279. Rank
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    Player
    Jean SeguraJean SeguraMilwaukee BrewersShortstop
    Avg
    .252
    HR
    0
    RBI
    41
    R
    57
    SB
    22
    OPS
    .635

    The Brewers were happy enough with Segura's rookie season to slot him as a starter entering spring. Segura has a good glove and speed to steal bases, so he will be a potentially valuable reserve in Rotisserie leagues this spring.

  280. Rank
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    Player
    Jurickson ProfarJurickson ProfarTexas RangersShortstop
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    7
    RBI
    32
    R
    38
    SB
    8
    OPS
    .755

    The Rangers decided this winter they will go with Ian Kinsler at second and Elvis Andrus at shortstop; Profar, 20, will be back in the minor leagues. Profar is a future 30/30 candidate at the position and can be one of those rare instant successes. The Rangers just need to find a place for him. He is arguably the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, a status held by one Mike Trout last season -- and that one panned out pretty well.

  281. Rank
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    Player
    Wei-Yin ChenWei-Yin ChenBaltimore OriolesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    11
    QS
    15
    ERA
    3.99
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    155
    SV
    0

    Chen proved to be a capable starter coming over from Japan, putting in quality innings for an unexpected contender. The pressure will be a bit greater this go-around, but Chen is all but assured of a rotation spot and is capable of being a solid sleeper for fantasy owners.

  282. Rank
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    Player
    Wandy RodriguezWandy RodriguezPittsburgh PiratesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    11
    QS
    20
    ERA
    3.61
    WHIP
    1.340
    K
    141
    SV
    0

    Rodriguez has always been somewhat of an underappreciated fantasy starter, and the obscurity of Pittsburgh won't do anything to change that. He isn't a sure-fire starter in standard fantasy leagues, but his career consistency makes him a valuable reserve.

  283. Rank
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    Player
    Tommy MiloneTommy MiloneOakland AthleticsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    19
    ERA
    3.81
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    146
    SV
    0

    Milone performed well in his first full season in the major leagues and now the challenge is getting him to 200 innings. You might not trust a young starter week-in and week-out, but Milone is plenty promising enough to earn a spot as a reserve on any fantasy roster.

  284. Rank
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    Player
    Chad BillingsleyChad BillingsleyLos Angeles DodgersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    15
    ERA
    3.67
    WHIP
    1.360
    K
    133
    SV
    0

    Billingsley was diagnosed with a partial tear of his elbow ligament, but he is trying to pitch through it. The reports this winter are good and he will go to Spring Training competing for a rotation spot. When healthy, Billingsley is a potential top 25 starting pitcher in fantasy. That makes him worth rostering until his ligament completely tears.

  285. Rank
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    Player
    Adam LindAdam LindToronto Blue JaysFirst Base
    Avg
    .265
    HR
    24
    RBI
    80
    R
    59
    SB
    1
    OPS
    .776

    Lind has been a disappointment for years, but the potent Blue Jays are prepared to allow him to remake himself as a potential fantasy starter. Consider him a speculative reserve pick for the thunder he once showed.

  286. Rank
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    Player
    Felix DoubrontFelix DoubrontBoston Red SoxStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    16
    ERA
    4.65
    WHIP
    1.480
    K
    175
    SV
    0

    Doubront proved to be a capable starter for the Red Sox last season. He strikes out batters at a good clip and can be a winner, if that Boston offense improves as much as expected. Consider Doubront a late flier if you're hunting for strikeouts.

  287. Rank
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    Player
    Mark BuehrleMark BuehrleToronto Blue JaysStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.83
    WHIP
    1.280
    K
    100
    SV
    0

    Buehrle has never been an elite fantasy pitcher, but he has never been a bad one, either. This long-time innings-eater is a potential winner for a stacked Blue Jays team. Consider him a solid reserve starting pitcher.

  288. Rank
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    Yonder AlonsoYonder AlonsoSan Diego PadresFirst Base
    Avg
    .278
    HR
    14
    RBI
    78
    R
    58
    SB
    3
    OPS
    .757

    Alonso is a gap-hitting first baseman who might never develop enough power to be truly valuable at his position in fantasy. Still, he is a good prospect with considerable potential as a run producer, which makes him a viable reserve pick.

  289. Rank
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    Player
    Chris CarterChris CarterHouston AstrosFirst Base
    Avg
    .240
    HR
    24
    RBI
    84
    R
    72
    SB
    0
    OPS
    .852

    The power-needy Astros dealt Jed Lowrie to the A's for the potential monster bat that is Carter's. He has 30-40 homer potential and should be given a full opportunity as the Astros' everyday DH. Consider him an option if you need pop late on draft day.

  290. Rank
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    Clayton RichardClayton RichardSan Diego PadresStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    15
    ERA
    3.85
    WHIP
    1.300
    K
    111
    SV
    0

    Richard will fly under the radar because he's not a big power arm and he pitches for the non-contending Padres. That ballpark can render some useful ERA and WHIP totals for Richard, which makes him an option just after the top 80 starting pitchers.

  291. Rank
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    Player
    Andy PettitteAndy PettitteNew York YankeesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    10
    QS
    14
    ERA
    3.86
    WHIP
    1.350
    K
    110
    SV
    0

    Pettitte came out of retirement to show he can be a useful back-end starter for the Yankees. There is no way he can pitch a full season, but when he's taking his turns, he's a viable starter for fantasy owners. That makes him a reserve pick among the top 85 starting pitchers.

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    Player
    Ross DetwilerRoss DetwilerWashington NationalsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    12
    QS
    18
    ERA
    3.50
    WHIP
    1.250
    K
    130
    SV
    0

    Detwiler is a must-have late in drafts. There is serious upside, even if he slots at the back end of that dominant Nationals rotation. He not only proved capable of taking his turn every five days, but he was a winner for arguably the best team in baseball.

  293. Rank
    293
    Auction
    $0
    Rank
    72
    Overall
    293
    Rank
    13
    Overall
    293
    Rank
    152
    Overall
    293
    Player
    Andy DirksAndy DirksDetroit TigersOutfielder
    Avg
    .293
    HR
    14
    RBI
    58
    R
    86
    SB
    6
    OPS
    .794

    Dirks won't wow anyone with his offensive skills, but the outfielder can serve as the Tigers' leadoff man, and that is one of the best spots to be at in baseball. There are some monster sluggers set to drive in Dirks this season, so consider him a potential top-75 option at his position.

  294. Rank
    294
    Auction
    $0
    Rank
    73
    Overall
    294
    Rank
    5
    Overall
    294
    Rank
    142
    Overall
    294
    Player
    Juan PierreJuan PierreMiami MarlinsOutfielder
    Avg
    .275
    HR
    1
    RBI
    35
    R
    75
    SB
    25
    OPS
    .695

    Pierre resurrected his career with the Phillies a year ago and now returns to Miami, where he had some of his best seasons. The veteran has no pop, of course, but he is as cheap an option for steals as there is in baseball. That gives him a spot in our Top 300.

  295. Rank
    295
    Auction
    $0
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    82
    Overall
    295
    Rank
    7
    Overall
    295
    Rank
    143
    Overall
    295
    Player
    Shaun MarcumShaun MarcumNew York MetsStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    8
    QS
    15
    ERA
    3.77
    WHIP
    1.230
    K
    135
    SV
    0

    Marcum was once a top 30 fantasy starter when he was grinding out innings for the Blue Jays and Brewers. He will try to have a rebound year with the Mets, who play in one of the best pitcher's parks in baseball. If Marcum gets his innings up to 180, he is going to be one of best late-round steals in fantasy this year.

  296. Rank
    296
    Auction
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    83
    Overall
    296
    Rank
    11
    Overall
    296
    Rank
    144
    Overall
    296
    Player
    Marco EstradaMarco EstradaMilwaukee BrewersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    7
    QS
    14
    ERA
    3.89
    WHIP
    1.200
    K
    158
    SV
    0

    We don't expect Estrada to be a big winner for the Brewers, but his ERA and WHIP look like they can prove useful among fantasy reserve starters. If we were more certain he could last the season in the Brewers' rotation, we might have been inclined to rank him as a starter in standard Rotisserie leagues.

  297. Rank
    297
    Auction
    $0
    Rank
    84
    Overall
    297
    Rank
    13
    Overall
    297
    Rank
    153
    Overall
    297
    Player
    Ivan NovaIvan NovaNew York YankeesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    13
    QS
    20
    ERA
    4.39
    WHIP
    1.410
    K
    155
    SV
    0

    Nova was 2012's example of why you don't chance wins in fantasy. Still, he rates as one of the potential 15-game winners again, getting his starts for a still potent contender. Nova is not the front-line guy some thought he might be after 2011, but he is at least worthy of a full-season starting job for a top contender. That's something.

  298. Rank
    298
    Auction
    $0
    Rank
    85
    Overall
    298
    Rank
    9
    Overall
    298
    Rank
    154
    Overall
    298
    Player
    Zach BrittonZach BrittonBaltimore OriolesStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    11
    QS
    15
    ERA
    4.60
    WHIP
    1.450
    K
    147
    SV
    0

    Britton is the reason we live by the mantra: Young pitching is great ... three years from now. He started his rookie year as a ball of fire and regressed in the year and a half since. Now, he's merely competing for a rotation spot. If Britton wins one and pitches up to his potential, he is going to rate as one of the best reserve picks in fantasy this year.

  299. Rank
    299
    Auction
    $0
    Rank
    74
    Overall
    299
    Rank
    11
    Overall
    299
    Rank
    155
    Overall
    299
    Player
    Alejandro De AzaAlejandro De AzaChicago White SoxOutfielder
    Avg
    .280
    HR
    6
    RBI
    47
    R
    76
    SB
    24
    OPS
    .754

    De Aza enjoyed a breakthrough season at age 27, and while his ceiling isn't all that exciting, his steals potential and leadoff status make him a player worth targeting at the end of your fantasy draft.

  300. Rank
    300
    Auction
    $0
    Rank
    86
    Overall
    300
    Rank
    13
    Overall
    300
    Rank
    145
    Overall
    300
    Player
    Hyun-Jin RyuHyun-Jin RyuLos Angeles DodgersStarting Pitcher
    Wins
    5
    QS
    9
    ERA
    4.15
    WHIP
    1.400
    K
    101
    SV
    0

    The Dodgers added Ryu to their rotation mix this winter, but he will still have to earn his spot. There have been success stories with imports from the Far East, especially in Year 1, but he cannot be picked as anything more than a reserve.

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