7) Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
There seems to be a pretty clear dividing line between the top six players and the rest of the first round. Votto's skills are rock-solid, but there are those lingering questions surrounding a knee injury that kept him homerless after June 24. Will the power come back? He's such a great hitter, I'm banking it will.
8) Albert Pujols, 1B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Steve had his eye on Votto
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Some may look at Pujols' 2012 and see the beginning of the downward spiral. I look at his 2012 and I see an awful slump to start the season followed up by the same ole' Albert. He's still a top 5 player at a position that is losing its value.
9) Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
This is where the first round gets dodgy, but CarGo, despite his flaws with injuries and home-road splits, just keeps posting five-category numbers. In a healthy year, he's a top-five fantasy player, and, unlike in past years, I don't mind sacrificing infield security in favor of optimal dollar production..
10) Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I debated between the surest thing left at first base, a position that's kind of top-heavy, and my favorite shortstop this season, Jose Reyes. I figured that Reyes was a great bet to be available on the comeback, so Fielder was an easy choice. Reyes is risky enough as it is.
11) Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
This kind of power is just too hard to pass up, regardless of position scarcity. Might not see growth in runs or RBI total given the surrounding lineup, but few 23-year olds hit 37 home runs and still have more to come. Thought about Troy Tulowitzki and even Buster Posey here, but again, the power trumps the position.
12) Josh Hamilton, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Hamilton is annually one of the tougher calls to make, since it has always been about health. However, even without the coveted 600 AB, his unquestionable power will give my team the production required from a first round pick. I expect 30+ HRs, 100+ RBIs and a BA close to .290.
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