Top 10 Contract-Year Players

Prince Fielder
Text: Eric Mack, SI.com
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Prince Fielder

26, Milwaukee Brewers

Here are the top 10 draft-day targets of players who could be expected to have a big year before free agency.  The positioning in this top 10 list is not an actual ranking as much as a projected ability to outperform their fantasy draft position.

Career highs by category:
.299 AVG, 50 HR, 141 RBI, 109 R, 7 SB
Projected numbers:
.280 AVG, 40 HR, 115 RBI, 100 R, 1 SB

Fielder is coming off a disappointing year, going .261-32-83-94-1 last season. That will allow you to draft him beyond the top five at his position and the first few rounds. If he has a career year before his first long-term contract, it could be with first-round caliber numbers. He could be this year's Joey Votto-type fantasy MVP. In May, Fielder will turn the same age Votto was last season, 27, by the way.


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