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Fantasy baseball player profiles: MLB - Designated Hitters

Fantasy baseball player profiles: MLB - Designated Hitters

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1 Vladimir Guerrero, DH, Baltimore Orioles
2 David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox
3 Hideki Matsui, DH, Oakland Athletics
4 Jack Cust, DH, Seattle Mariners
5 Travis Hafner, DH, Cleveland Indians
6 Jim Thome, DH, Minnesota Twins

Vladimir Guerrero, DH, Baltimore Orioles
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Vladimir Guerrero DH Baltimore Orioles

Vladimir Guerrero put the creaky knees behind him with a scorching first half (.319/.364/.554, 20 HR, 75 RBI), but don't pay for it. His post-break line (.278/.322/.426, nine HR, 40 RBI) reminds us that he didn't happen across the Fountain. The free-swinger is swinging a little more freely, and it's catching up. PT will continue to dwindle, but he's still gifted. He qualifies in OF in leagues with a requirement of fewer than 20 games.


David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox
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David Ortiz DH Boston Red Sox

David Ortiz needed an otherworldly power run to salvage a horrendous start in 2010. With Boston's OF and DH logjam, plus his pitiful stats versus lefties, Big Papi will face only righties, all things equal. Another contact rate dip, a mediocre fly-ball rate, a high swinging whiff pct, and his awful strike zone judgment would be ugly to watch full-time. If you need to dig deep for mixed homers, his name carries some weight, but note the lack of upside and shakiness in his other peripherals that comes with it.


Hideki Matsui, DH, Oakland Athletics
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Hideki Matsui DH Oakland Athletics

Hideki Matsui's CT% improvement should buoy his BA. His HR potential takes hit at his new home and with slight GB% bump, but could match 2010 line. Don't pay much for that, though, especially since he's at a decline-vulnerable age. You'll probably wind up merely hoping he breaks even if you roster him.


Jack Cust, DH, Seattle Mariners
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Jack Cust DH Seattle Mariners

It's easy to question Jack Cust's HR presence in SEA, but he didn't need park help in OAK. .272 BA, .387 BABIP were flukes and will be corrected; CT% simply too unreliable. Still platoon player, but power makes him potential undervalued AL commodity.


Travis Hafner, DH, Cleveland Indians
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Travis Hafner DH Cleveland Indians

The .308-42-117 version of Travis Hafner is a distant memory at this point. His shoulder problem from '08 has created a new Pronk; he's no longer a slugger that can give you gaudy power numbers. The DH spot limits his fantasy flexibility. It isn't likely that he'll kill you in the batting average department, but he doesn't give you much else to work with. Without injuries interfering, his skills could also be declining strictly with age.


Jim Thome, DH, Minnesota Twins
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Jim Thome DH Minnesota Twins

If Jim Thome finds PT, he'll be a reliable source of HR. LD% increased for 3rd straight year, too, so he's less likely to have sub-.250 BA. But it won't be up to last year's clip; his CT% isn't good enough to justify a repeat. Age puts him at risk for more injuries like back issues last season.