7) Michael Bourn, OF, Cleveland Indians
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
As critical as I am about Bourn as a baseball player, his fantasy value in roto leagues cannot be underestimated. Grabbing him in the 6th round all but assures me of being near the top of the stolen base category. He should also finally top 100 runs scored leading off for a good Indians lineup.
8) Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers
Ray's BA base A-OK
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I felt the last of the top tier shortstops were about gone so acting on Andrus was the way to go with this pick. He isn't going to help in the power categories but he'll be solid in average, stolen bases and runs. Andrus gets overlooked at times but I think he is right outside that group of elite shortstops.
9) Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
Wainwright's poor start to the year in 2012 was nothing more than bad luck; his skills (K/9, BB/9 and GB%) throughout the year were virtually identical to his skills during his 2010 and 2011 seasons when he posted a sub-3.00 ERA. I believe he will challenge for the Cy Young award in 2013.
10) Martin Prado, 3B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
As I continue to pile up offense, I targeted a versatile hitter who qualifies at two spots. You can make a legitimate case that my team, after seven picks, has to be looked at as a club that could hit .300. He's a nice little hitter, and I know Howard Bender wanted him badly.
11) Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
After going hitting with my first five picks, I was thinking to look for a good starter here. I ended up going with Yu Darvish. Fantasy owners were a bit disappointed with Darvish last season, however, they forget that he moved to a new country and had never dealt with the oppressive heat in Texas. Now that he has adjusted, I think he has another level in him - perhaps as high as top 5 in the AL.
12) Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Rollins is certainly a flawed player, but it seems like undervalued. Since Rollins' rookie season in 2001, he's failed to reach 30 stolen bases just two times. He adds upper-teens-homer power to the mix, and he plays a position that lacks impact bats. Those are plenty of reasons to look past a batting average that's likely to finish in the .255-.265 range.
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