1) Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster
Kubel had a down year but still managed 21 HRs and 92 RBI. He won't score a lot of runs or steal any bases, but I expect a decent average and similar power numbers to last year.
2) Danny Espinosa, 2B, Washington Nationals
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Another National. Great. Espinosa's HR-SB combo was his main selling point. BA? Well, I have some faith it won't cripple me. At this stage - and for my MI spot - his upside screamed at me.
3) Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies
Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster
I really like Iannetta's chances of hitting 20-25 HRs this year. I just hope his batting average can be in the .250 range and I'll be happy.
Backup catchers going fast
4) Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland Athletics
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
My stolen bases insurance if he stays healthy all year.
5) Scott Baker, SP, Minnesota Twins
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
I agonized over this pick. Not because I don't like Baker, but because of trying to figure out how I would fill out my C and SS if I took him.
6) John Lackey, SP, Boston Red Sox
Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
My choice for comeback player of the year. Lackey never really seemed to get on track last year, but wasn't that the story of the entire Boston Red Sox team last year? Lackey is a better pitcher than he showed in 2010. In addition to posting 0.5 more walks per 9 IP than his career average, he was also a bit unlucky, yielding a .319 BABIP.
7) Jhoulys Chacin, SP, Colorado Rockies
Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster
Among pitchers with more than 130 IP last season, Chacin ranked 11th in swinging strikes. When batters do make contact, Chacin induces impressive percentage of ground balls. Big upside.
8) John Buck, C, Florida Marlins
Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster
Catchers disappearing quickly. Excellent power should repeat, but less likely to sustain BA. As long as he keeps BA above .250 I'll be happy.
9) Russell Martin, C, New York Yankees
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Wow, catchers are flying off the board. There wasn't much left, so I figured now was the time to grab my No. 2. What can go wrong with a guy coming off hip surgery, two bad seasons and playing in front of a hot-shot prospect?
10) Edinson Volquez, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Like Josh M. Johnson, Tim Hudson before him, had second half to reacquaint. Turned down Cincy's low-ball, TJS-induced, multi-year thing. Anyone who bets on himself gets a plus-1. Biggest upside left, and it's go-for-broke time.
11) Gio Gonzalez, SP, Oakland Athletics
Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster
I have four starting pitchers and two relievers, so there's still some work to be done. I'm pretty happy getting another youngster with high-strikeout upside at this spot in Gio Gonzalez. I also considered Ervin Santana, but Gonzalez is less of an injury risk.
12) Ike Davis, 1B, New York Mets
Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster
When you have a young player that hit nearly 20 home runs and is the incumbent at his position, the gamble is worth it. Davis has upside and improved even after the All-Star break last season.
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