1) Omar Infante, 2B/3B/SS, Florida Marlins
Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster
Complete flexibility play. Likely bats second in FLA, which could add elite runs scored to a .300 average. Not asking for a star, but fill-in numbers with upside.
2) Nyjer Morgan, OF, Washington Nationals
Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster
There seems to be a lot of cheap speed available late in mixed drafts this season. Unfortunately, there's not a lot left here in Round 23. Morgan did swipe a total of 76 bases over the past two seasons. And he's the best on the board for steals as we enter reserve territory.
3) Hong-Chih Kuo, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I expect J-Brox to maintain his grip, at least in short term, but prospect of drifter's saves combined with outstanding rates (much like Matt Thornton's MO) was enticing. In hindsight, probably overvalued Kuo.
Bard is buried behind two closers
4) Carlos Zambrano, SP, Chicago Cubs
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I really considered Travis Wood here, but went with Zambrano because of his track record and strong finish to last season. The Cubs should be better and Zambrano can lead the staff if he is on his game.
5) Daniel Bard, RP, Boston Red Sox
Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster
Good backup for Papelbon who should produce excellent ERA/WHIP in his own right.
6) J.D. Drew, OF, Boston Red Sox
Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster
Drew seems forgotten, but he has averaged 22 HRs the past three seasons and should have decent run and RBI totals with batting average regression and Boston's strong lineup.
7) Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres
Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Intriguing combination of power and speed for a potential leadoff hitter. Should have plenty of chances to score runs batting at the top of the order, even for the anemic San Diego offense.
8) Brandon League, RP, Seattle Mariners
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
I'm not at all convinced that David Aardsma will be healthy and/or effective (he's likely to miss the start of the year). I wrote about this situation in A Hip that Makes You Hop.
9) Jeff Niemann, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
In a 12-team mixed league, a bench warmer with potential.
10) Fernando Rodney, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster
Rodney is one of those picks that leaves you a little queasy afterward. He's not guaranteed the job, but should have at least an opportunity to close out games. He can actually be pretty dominant for long stretches, it just gets ugly when he gets out of sync.
11) Nate McLouth, OF, Atlanta Braves
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Though he's battling Jordan Schafer, McLouth probably has the advantage. He's due for a bounce-back, and I like the 15-15 profile. As a No. 5 OF, why not?
12) Chase Headley, 3B, San Diego Padres
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster
Headley has decent potential and is a solid utility option while giving me depth at third base and the corner infield position. He doesn't offer much power, but does provide a fair share of stolen bases.
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