1) Tim Hudson, SP, Atlanta Braves
Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster
I grabbed him a round earlier than he went on average last season and his numbers would indicate he has much greater value. In his last three full seasons, he has posted a WHIP below 1.25 and a sub-3.33 ERA. Not a ton of strikeouts, but he's a stable force as a third starter.
2) Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers
Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster
With only one starting pitcher so far, it's time to begin building my staff. I like the way Scherzer dominated hitters after coming back from the minors last season. I'm looking for high-strikeout pitchers and he's definitely one.
3) Chone Figgins, 2B/3B, Seattle Mariners
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Figgins was a fair choice, if not a mild bargain, here. A sluggish 2010 start felled his otherwise solid BA. Gimme 35 to 40 steals at the key and some flexibility.
4) Andrew Bailey, RP, Oakland Athletics
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Suzuki hoping for a better year
I usually don't go too early on closers, but felt it was time to get my first closer with many elite guys off the board and my next pick not coming up for a while. Bailey has injury risk, but his upside is great. He can be an elite closer in this league.
5) Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland Athletics
Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster
Performance dropped last season after grandfather's death. Should return to form near 16-75-.273. Most solid catchers still available at this point.
6) Bobby Abreu, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster
Three picks in a row where I've rostered players getting up there in
age. I'll let others chase the kids, who disappoint more often than
they don't, and tab one of the very few players in baseball who
contributes positively in both RBIs and stolen bases. Also note that
Abreu's teammate Torii Hunter went in the 6th round so I'd say this is
a good value.
7) Carlos Quentin, OF, Chicago White Sox
Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Another power-hitting outfielder, Quentin does little to help you in batting average and stolen base categories. What he does do is hit the ball out of the yard and drive in runs. And you know me, I'll take the muscle guy any day and worry about the fast skinny guy later.
8) Juan Pierre, OF, Chicago White Sox
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
I went for the value pick, even though that wasn't at all my plan. Maybe Pierre's solid average in a ton of at-bats can help to offset Adam Dunn and Mark Reynolds' poor marks.
9) Jonathan Sanchez, SP, San Francisco Giants
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
He was good last year and he is young; I wanted a player from the Giants.
10) Derrek Lee, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster
He's not exactly Mr. Excitement, but he showed enough in the 2nd half last year to convince me there's a little something left. The corner infield slots were getting shallow very quickly and Lee should post solid numbers from the middle of an improved Baltimore lineup.
11) Ryan Dempster, SP, Chicago Cubs
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
I targeted this reliable innings eater because I have several upside targets later. 200 IP, close to 200 K's - maybe a rough WHIP, but he's steady, and grabbing him allows me to take some moderate pitching risks from here on out.
12) Denard Span, OF, Minnesota Twins
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster
Span gives me a quality third outfielder while providing in runs (averaged 91 the past two years) and stolen bases (averaged 24.5 the past two years). I believe his average will be much better as he produces a .290-100-5-60-25 line.
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