1) Rod Barajas, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster
Barajas is the reason I drafted one catcher early. Average could be ugly, but he did hit 17 home runs last season. He's not my primary and the other names available have as much if not more associated risk or unknown factors.
2) Manny Ramirez, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster
I really like Manny at this spot. When he wants to play, there aren't many hitters who compare. And with that many games against the Red Sox AND Yankees, he should be rarin' to go. I'll take .300, 20 HR, 80 RBI in the 21st round and be very happy.
3) Magglio Ordonez, OF, Detroit Tigers
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I wanted a solid outfielder to round out my top five. Debate: Marlon Byrd or Maggs? Byrd projects for similar stats in more at-bats because of relative health risk. Maggs won because I can fill in the rest while he's out.
4) Logan Morrison, OF, Florida Marlins
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I still needed an outfielder for my starting lineup, so I thought I better act now before many of the high upside guys are gone. I also considered Domonic Brown here, but he has more question marks in regards to playing time. Morrison didn't show much power last season but his minor league numbers show he can help in that area. Hopefully, his power starts to come through some this season.
5) Joel Pineiro, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Soriano has been a health risk
Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster
Has been solid the past two seasons. Has shown high ground ball rate for two years. Could produce sub-3.50 ERA with 15 wins as he did in 2009.
6) Ian Kennedy, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster
Rumor has it that if Kennedy has another season where he strikes out nearly a batter per inning while limiting his walks, he could take his surname to Congress and clean up the national FIP problem.
7) Marlon Byrd, OF, Chicago Cubs
Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Playing at Wrigley Field has its benefits. Perhaps Marlon can figure that out! Seriously, if I can get a .290 average, 10-15 homers and 10 steals out of Byrd, I'll be happy.
8) Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
As a 5th outfielder, as long as Soriano is healthy, he should be fine. Looking at the available options, I just didn't see many who could go 25-90-90.
9) Franklin Gutierrez, OF, Seattle Mariners
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
A guy who does a bit of everything and who cannot hurt your team as its last drafted OF.
10) Ryan Theriot, 2B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster
I'll live with Tejada and Theriot at my middle infield. Theriot should give me a solid average, score a decent amount of runs and steal 20+ bases. Heck stick his numbers next to Elvis Andrus and there is not a heck of a lot of difference.
11) J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
I buttressed my middle infield with a bounce-back candidate in a glorious fantasy sitch. A bum wrist, his premature comeback attempt and Target Field fueled many people's ire for the masher, which creates a perfect buying opportunity for 20-plus homers.
12) Johan Santana, SP, New York Mets
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster
Johan is out until around the All-Star break, but he could give me a big lift down the home stretch. Worth the risk in the 21st round.
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