1) Jered Weaver, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster
Lincecum was getting lonely as my only pitcher so I knew it was time. Weaver led the Majors in strikeouts last year, which helps solidify that category. He was also among the league leaders in ERA (3.01) and WHIP (1.07). At 28 he's primed to continue last year's dominance. I'm expecting 16 wins with 220 strikeouts, a low 3.00 ERA and a sub 1.20 WHIP.
2) David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Price still has some BB/9 issues and he'll probably move toward the mean, but he's my No. 2 paired with Justin Verlander, so it's worth it. Bolstering my rotation was more alluring that diving into questionable offensive options. Considered Mat Latos but was worried about workload/drop-off. Price's K/9 has more room to grow. Don't give me that "He's in the AL East" argument, either.
3) Mat Latos, SP, San Diego Padres
Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster
Five SP went in Round 8
He doesn't have the track record of the elite group of pitchers, but his numbers were just as good in 2011. He won't be face an innings limit this year and he's still pitching in PETCO. Look for a few more wins in 2011 and 200-plus strikeouts. Very happy to get an ace level pitcher in the eighth round.
4) Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Time has come to begin paying attention to roto categories. My team needs Runs and Stolen Basis. In addition to Hill, I considered Zobrist and Roberts. Both scared me sufficiently to stick with Hill even if he cannot help me in the above two categories. I must make that up in the later rounds.
5) Mark Reynolds, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
Gulp. I really wanted to take Ben Zobrist for the positional flexibility, but 3B was getting thin. Plus, I already have a 2B in Utley, and I'm looking at another 2B for my MI spot. I think there's still talent there, so I'll wait to add up the middle strength.
6) Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco Giants
Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
One of the more underrated starting pitchers in the game, Cain has improved his WHIP (1.36 - 1.18 - 1.08) each of the past three seasons, stuck out at least 170 guys per year, and kept his ERA hovering around the 3.00 mark. Not much more you can ask from a guy who gets the ball every 5 days.
7) Kelly Johnson, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster
I've liked Kelly before it was popular to like a guy named Kelly. Steady as she goes. Coming off a wonderful season, shouldering a good batting eye and playing in a favorable home ballpark, Kelly should hold up just fine this time. True fact: According to the Social Security Administration, there were lots of boys named Kelly in the early 20th century but girls named Kelly only became popular after the 1950s.
8) Brian Wilson, RP, San Francisco Giants
Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster
Looked like closers might begin going off the board, and I wanted to be certain I got a top one. Excellent skills growth - increasing strikeout rate with improving control - and outstanding reliability make him a good choice.
9) Casey McGehee, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I really thought I needed a third baseman with this pick as it is a thin position and many of the top guys were gone. I was glad to see McGehee available, though. He seems to get overlooked, but the numbers don't lie. His stats continue to climb, especially the power ones, which is very encouraging.
10) Ian Stewart, 3B, Colorado Rockies
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I didn't want to avoid addressing the hot corner any longer, and I'm making a concerted effort to add distinct power sources at opportune times. Michael Young, possible value pick, could be miserable. Pedro Alvarez reportedly has questionable commitment. I'm not ready to take on the Panda. Stewart has the punch; hopefully, small adjustments he made will keep him in the lineup.
11) Drew Stubbs, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster
Some people may consider this pick a reach, but Stubbs very quietly hit 22 homers and stole 30 bases a year ago. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts, but the Reds had the NL's best offense last year and Stubbs should continue to thrive at the top of the order.
12) Clay Buchholz, SP, Boston Red Sox
Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster
He had an ERA below 3.10 in every month but one and batters hit only .226 against him. Factor in a low ERA and 1.20 WHIP, and he was a perfect number two. The strikeouts I would like to be better, but feel good about his other numbers, especially here.
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