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.
Have a Harvey bar
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.
7) Brandon League, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
To be competitive in the saves category, I wanted to get at least one more closer on top of Jonathan Papelbon and Jonathan Broxton. This is a bit of a crapshoot, but I took League in the hopes that he is able to work on his control and harness his powerful arm into a dominant ninth-inning force. I would expect League to have a short least, so I should know relatively quickly whether this will be a boom-or-bust pick.
Uggla not so ugly here
8) Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I really think McCann could be a steal in Round 18 for my second catcher. He was dogged by injuries last season and certainly has the upside to turn it around. He is a risk as he isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season, but I think his upside outweighs that at this point in the draft.
9) Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta Braves
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
From 2007 through 2011, Uggla had 5 straight seasons of 30+ HR. For the low price of an 18th round pick, I'm willing to bet that those 5 seasons are a better indication of Uggla's true skill level than is the one disappointing season of 2012.
10) Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B, New York Yankees
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
He qualifies at both corner infield spots; will get to hit in a solid batters yard in New York; is motivated; and has reworked his swing a bit. All of those things are pluses.
11) Jonathon Niese, SP, New York Mets
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Niese was an easy pick for me here. He is always so underrated in drafts. While it's true that the Mets may struggle offensively this season, Niese should anchor their rotation to the tune of 14 wins and 150 K's.
12) Juan Pierre, OF, Miami Marlins
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Pierre stole 37 bases for the Phillies as a part-time player that received under 400 at-bats. He should see full-time work for the Marlins this year and I expect him to best 40 stolen bases while helping offset poor average sluggers on my team like Alvarez.
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