1) Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland Athletics
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Main attraction here is the projected stolen bases, a ROTO category that my team sorely lacks.
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2) Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Sure, what we saw in 2012 was a small sample size, but Harvey definitely has the skill set to be a fantastic pitcher in the majors. He's got a four-pitch arsenal that includes 95 mph heat and he struck out more than a quarter of the batters he faced last season. If he can improve his command just a bit, he's got the potential to be a dominant force on the hill this year.
3) Stephen Drew, SS, Boston Red Sox
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I considered a rebounding Dustin Ackley and a couple of pitchers here. But Drew is, for my money, one of the easiest value buys to peg this season. He's finally 100 percent healthy. He's part of a good BoSox lineup, with a plus environment for offense between Fenway Park and most other AL East stadiums. He still has 20-10 potential. I'll try to own Drew in multiple leagues this year. He may easily earn more than my starting shortstop. MI set.
4) Homer Bailey, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
I'd prefer to have a slightly safer SP4 ... but he's almost there after taking several big steps forward last year in approach and indicators. He's not an elite K artist, but his command potential with an above-average dominance rate and rising grounder inducement means he's on the verge of an even bigger breakthrough. He owes it to me, after all, for my years-long loyalty....
5) Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
Was 2012 a growing year? Or is Cozart just not that good of a MLB bat? I will find out with him on my team, at least to start. The 2-hole is there for him if he earns it and if so comes 17 HR and 15 SB potential. He and Jed Lowrie are the only two upside bats at MI left on the board.
6) Casey Janssen, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
Of the remaining closers on the board, Janssen was a clear choice for me. A 9.5 K/9 rate and a 1.6 BB/9 rate show why he was so successful closing last year. His minor shoulder surgery is a slight concern, so I'll target Sergio Santos in the reserve rounds.
The second half awaits.
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