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The best player in baseball and a slam dunk at #1 overall. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
McCutchen has averaged 47.4 HR+SB over the past 5 seasons and he contributes solid to elite stats in all 5 categories. He's Reliable, durable and has a very high floor. Draft early and often. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The biggest power bat in the league is just 25 years old and is only beginning to enter his physical prime. Watch out world. He may take a small step back in average, but he should again be elite in counting stats while challenging for the league lead in HR. And to top it off he'll probably steal 5-10 bags too. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The Mike Trout of pitchers. Similar to Trout he's way the best at what he does and on a path for all time greatness. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Goldy was having a great season last year before it ended roughly 50 games early with injury. Now fully healthy and entering his age 27 season Goldy is poised to hit 30+ HR, notch elite counting stats, hit in the .285-.300 range and even chip in 10-15 SB's. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Miggy was the 10th ranked player in Y! last year despite being hobbled with an ankle injury. If he's healthier this season his ranking should justifiably be higher. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The last 2 seasons he's gone 24/40 & 23/34 while notching a .284 AVG, scoring an elite amount of runs and posting decent RBI totals. Even if the AVG dips a little you should still get solid production in the other 4 categories. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I expect the average to come down a lot, but the fact is that Abreu remains in his physical prime, cleans up in a solid lineup and plays half of his games in a favorable ballpark. Even a decent sized regression leaves Jose and his owners fairly happy. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Joey Bats is an MVP candidate every season that he's healthy as was the case in '14 when he hit .286/101/35/103/6. There's some injury risk here, as he's missed time in a few different seasons of late, but when he's healthy there are few players that are more valuable in the fake game. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
EE just keeps on mashing in Toronto. Despite missing 30+ games with injury EE managed to hit 34 HR's and provide solid counting stats and a handful of SB's. Look for him to again eclipse 30 HR and provide elite counting stats while he chips in a few SB. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Jones is just outside of superstar status, but he is consistently one of the best performers in fake baseball. Pencil in .280/80/25/90/10 and enjoy everything beyond that. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
King Felix is coming off an amazing season and has been one of the most durable and consistent SP's in MLB for most of the last decade. Look for more of the same on an improved Mariners team. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Rizzo's 2014 breakout was highlighted by 36 HR's in only 140 games played. Although his average may not reach .286 again this year he should be in line for another strong power show and elite counting stats to go along with a handful of SB's. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
A move to the NL and the best team in baseball should only bolster Mad Max's K's and Wins as he heads into '15 as one of the truly elite SP's in the fake game. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The drop in HR's is enough to drop Robbie to 2nd at the position. Though I expect solid numbers across the board a HR total of 25 will likely never happen again, and he may not even reach 20 HR again. That said Cano is one of the safest fake game draft picks as he is remarkably durable and has played 157 or more games in his last 8 seasons. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After an amazing season the regression police will likely come after Altuve this season as he soared to a .341 AVG on the heels of a .360 BABIP. Even if his average drops down closer to .300 and the SB's drop to 35-40 that's still a very valuable fantasy asset to have at the keystone. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
By now everyone knows the drill. Tulo is an absolute monster in the fake game when healthy, but he can never stay healthy. Over the course of his 9 year career he's only managed 127+ games in 3 different seasons. Either draft and pray or stay away. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Puig has never hit more than 19 HR or stolen more than 11 bags, yet he's being ranked higher than players that either have a higher ceiling (Harper & Springer) or players that have already done what he's projected to do (Upton, Braun, Cargo). While his career average is .305 I'm not going to pay for elite all around production until he actually does it. This will likely ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
A move to Toronto should boost Dr Tophand's counting numbers and HR stats, but I'm a little worried about his average. The fact that he should throw in a handful of SB's will help. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Old reliable. Somehow Beltre had another great season last year despite having little to no help in the lineup around him and the fact that he's pushing his mid-thirties.. This year he should have several key contributors around him in the lineup and could see a slight uptick in counting numbers because of it. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Sale only pitched 174 innings in '14 but was still able to log 208 K's and 12 wins on a losing team in a tough AL division. Look for him to have another lights out season as long as he remains healthy. Update: Sale will miss the first half of April after fracturing his foot. Slides back a few spots because of it. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Strasburg had the quietest 242 SO season in recent memory and yet it's as if people still think he hasn't broken out. Strange. Strasburg will look to again pitch over 200 innings and again log elite ratios and 225-250 K's on what could be the best team in baseball. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
25-year-old went 4-1 w/ 1.03 ERA in postseason after finishing as No. 8 SP in fantasy game during reg. season (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 22 days ago)
Hanley probably won't play a single game at SS this season, but he will in the fake game, retaining eligibility from last year. Expect him to be good but not great in all 5 categories as he finally returns to Fenway Park 10 years after his first cup of coffee. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Brantley absolutely broke out in '14 and will look to do more of the same this season. Even if he regresses he should still provide solid contributions in all 5 categories as he heads into his age 27 season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After 3 straight seasons of going 20/20 Desmond isn't flying below anyone's radar anymore. Hitting in a very strong lineup in his walk year will only help the cause. Pencil in 35-40 HR+SB, along with good counting numbers and be happy when his average creeps back up into the .260's. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Ellsbury's first year in NY was a solid one and he will look to continue to provide solid production across all five categories. He's similar to Carlos Gomez with less power. At this point in hie career you're drafting Ellsbury for his floor just as much as his ceiling. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After taking a step back in K/9 in 2013 Price was terrific last year and reverted to his previous levels of ace-hood. Look for him to again throw for 200 innings and 200 K's to go with a boatload of wins and elite ratios. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After a thumb injury sapped Braun's ability to turn on the inside pitch last year it appears he is fully healthy. Although there is some injury risk here the floor is rather solid. A line of .285/75/20/85/15 would be fine and anything on top of that would be gravy. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After an absolutely brilliant CY Young season in 2014 Kluber may take a small step back in 2015 and still be great. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Upton has consistently been one of the best assets in the fake game in his young career. Over the past 5 seasons he's averaged 24.5 HR, 90 R, 80 RBI & 15.5 SB. All of that with an average between .263-.289. Heading into his age 27 season Upton has a rock solid floor and is a player that shouldn't be overlooked. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Harper's power potential is still enormous, and although he's yet to hit more than the 22 HR he hit in his rookie season, he should top that number this season if healthy. The upside remains 30/20 with solid counting stats and a decent average. You must remember that Harper is only 22 years old and has averaged only 119 games per season thus far in his first 3 seasons. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Solid young player, but counting stats are team dependent and the Braves lineup is atrocious. It's hard to drive guys in if they aren't on base. Throw in the fact that Freeman has never hit over 23 HR and you have a player that is too expensive for my taste. Especially at the deepest position on the infield. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Although there is a little more risk associated with catchers than position players a .300/70/20/80 line seems about right. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
AGon is fairly similar to Pulojs at this point in his career. No longer a fake game behemoth he's still a very steady contributor and he hits in the middle of a solid lineup. He'll probably have a few less HR's and counting stats than Albert with a slightly better average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Old reliable. Not what he once was, but still a steady fantasy force. He just turned 35 years old, but more importantly he's healthy. And some guy named Trout hits in front of him. Order up the steak and pencil in .275/80/25/90/5 and be happy with anything beyond that. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Has 15+ wins in 4 straight seasons (200+ Ks in 3 of those 4) - '15 is basically a contract year as he has an opt-out clause (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 22 days ago)
Dickerson broke out last season and even if he regresses a bit he has Coors Field to fall back on. Because of this I expect solid numbers across all 5 categories for the 25 year old. I expect similar numbers to Brantley with more power and less speed. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Overdue upper Big Board recognition - his K/9 rate has been in steady incline and his ERA sits in the mid-2.00s since '11 (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Cargo had an awful injury plagued season in '14 where he was limited to only 70 games. While it's hard to project more than 120 games for this player because of his injury history that's still enough for him to accrue 20-25 HR and 10-15 SB with good counting stats and a solid average. Just be aware that the need for a replacement player at some point int he season appears to ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
If Springer goes 30/20 with 80-90 RBI and runs scored it won't matter that he hits .230-.250. His floor appears to be a million strikeouts and a terrible average along with solid contributions across 4 categories. His ceiling meanwhile is the Sistine Chapel. If he runs into a lucky high BABIP season he will be a top asset in the fake game. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Thankfully he's got a toolbox like Spicoli's dad - he's been a top 25 fantasy asset (thru April 22) despite a .224 BA (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
After a huge breakout season there is a very high expectation for Rendon to perform this year. Even if he regresses to 90% of what he did last year that's still 100/19/75/15 with a solid average. The speed and power combo plays well at 2B or 3B and is enough to push him past Cano at 2B and into the top 20 overall. Update: injury concerns are already cropping up sliding Rendon back a ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Sharp boost in K rate (8.20) in '14 has boosted this control artist to the back end of the ace crop (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 22 days ago)
Age 32. Only 160 games played in 1 out of the last 6 seasons. SBs are in decline with his age. Hamstring issues all last season. Injury issues abound. (Jeff Boggis, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fantasyfootballempire.com/ '>Fantasy Football Empire</a>, 22 days ago)
Raking in his new SoCal locale (.338 thru 65 ABs), and 2 triples, 2 SBs nice sign that his hips feel good (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Hamels is coming off what is probably the best 9-9 season in the history of MLB. Despite the lack of wins he contributed elite ratios and 198 K's. In 2015 I expect Hamels to come closer to 220 innings pitched and also notch 210-225 K's to go along with more good ratios. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Now in Detroit Cespedes should pile up the RBI's with a HR total in the low twenties, a decent amount of runs scored and an average that shouldn't hurt or help you. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Coming off of a career year Lester was rewarded with a ginormous contract by the Cubs, and players in the fake game are rewarded because Lester moves to the NL. Swap a DH out for a SP and Lester should be in for another quality season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Big Papi has been my 1B or DH so many times I've lost count. At 39 years of age this may be his last chance, but I doubt I will roster him in many places. While I expect 20-25 HR's and good counting stats with an average in the .270's I cant avoid the fact that at some point the train could very well go off the cliff, and it won't bet one of those magical Back to the Futu... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
He may never be much with the bat, but he's drawing walks, and that pushes his Run/SB upside into elite territory (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Top 25 fantasy finish in '14 - Shedding durability question mark with 155+ games played in 3 of past 4 seasons (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 22 days ago)
Many key stat indicators took a wrong turn in '14, but still managed a respectable line (.253/22/91/83/5) - still under 30, so reasonable to bet on rebound (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 22 days ago)
Despite low BA, he's pushing top 30 value in '15, and his BA wasn't all that last year when he pushed top 20 overall roto value (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Recently given a clean bill of health I expect Prince to hit 20-25 HR and have solid counting stats while hitting int he middle of a good lineup that plays half of it's games in a great hitter's ballpark. Although Fielder missed 120 games last season he had only missed 13 games in the previous 8 seasons combined. There is a little risk here, but also a lot of upside. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Everyone's favorite breakout candidate is doing just that, so far - No. 36 in Y! game (thru April 22) (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
At closer, it's Chapman and then everyone else - fastball average sits at 99 mph (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
The good news on the health front suggests that VMart will only miss spring training and not many regular season games. The bad news is that he's now 36 years old and has had knee problems in 2 of the past 3 seasons. That said he is a DH, so hopefully he can stay healthy. When healthy he's a near lock for a .300 average and good counting numbers because of his spot in the middle ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Despite having a solid year last season in regards to ERA & WHIP Waino had his lowest K/9 in 5 years and then had elbow surgery at the end of October. Despite his pristine track record these factors combined send up a red flag for me. Especially when you add up all the innings he's thrown since having TJ surgery. Because of this I've moved him down in my rankings and am gener... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Looks no worse for the wear following TJ surgery - fastball average of 95.6 mph, and 24:1 K-to-BB ratio after 18 IP (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Seager has improved his AVG, OBP & SLG in all four of his MLB seasons. I expect that trend to continue and for Seager to again contribute in all 5 categories. Now heading into his age 27 season he will be hitting behind Cano and in front of Cruz in a stronger Mariners offense. Draft away. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Kimbrel has been the consensus top RP for the last few years and he hasn't done anything to lose that title. His team has though, as the Braves are rebuilding and because of it Craig will likely see less save chances. That said he should still return elite ratios and K's with a good amount of saves. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Incredibly boring in a push .300 BA, 100 RBI, mid-20s HR kinda way (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
In addition to the top-shelf power, he's hit .345 in his past 200 MLB at bats (postseason included) (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
The Canadian Club is back to 100% (or 200 proof) w/ as many bombs (6) in his 1st 16 games as he had all last season (62 games) (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
It's hard to believe that while he's going into his 6th season as a pro Heyward is still just 25 years old. Expect another solid season of 30+ HR+SB with a bunch of runs scored along with a decent average and RBI total. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Davis took a huge step backwards last year, but if you read my ADP article that grenade didn't go off in your hand. This year Crush could actually provide some nice value, as the 30 HR pop is still there and the 40 HR upside remains as well. Throw in some good counting stats and you'll be able to stomach the .240-.250 average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Converted 46 of 48 save opportunities. WHIP was just .91. Electric stuff. (Marc Caviglia, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.brunoboys.net/'>Bruno Boys</a>, 22 days ago)
Yelich should be in for 30-35 HR+SB along with a solid average, a healthy amount of runs scored and a decent RBI total. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Dozier had shown pop in '13, but broke out in a big way last season to the tune of 21 HR's, 23 SB's and 112 runs scored. Those numbers may regress a bit, but you'll be able to stomach the poor average (expect .240-.250) if he makes another push at 20/20 and scores 90 runs atop a Twins lineup that is better than you think. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Continues to gain our trust as a 3-category stud from the premium 2B position (.297, 101 Runs, 71 steals in past 163 games) (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
I love Alex Gordon as a player but have slid him back roughly 10 spots in the rankings because of concern over his recovery from wrist surgery. Even though he's projected to be ready by opening day the injury may sap some of his power and could also affect his average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
It appears that the 20 HR power is legit. Expect roughly 30 HR+SB and a healthy amount of runs with a solid average and you have yourself a very useful player in the fake game. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After a disappointing season Kipnis is due to bounce back and deliver the power/speed combo we all expected last year. As long as you don't expect too much you'll be more than happy with 35-40 SB+HR and decent counting stats as he heads into his age 27 season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The news that Lucroy will miss some time in spring training with a hamstring injury is a little scary, as those injuries can linger. That said it's likely that he'll be healed and ready to go by opening day. He may be a bit rusty to start, but then should be a solid fake game contributor across all 5 categories. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After several solid seasons Bruce completely fell off last year and he still managed 18 HR. If he bounces back at all his floor would resemble something like .240/60/20/70/7 while he's playing half of his games in that bandbox in Cincinnati. And to be fair he's still just 27 years old, so there is still plenty of upside here. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
While Carlos was able to tie his career high with 27 HR's last season he saw his AVG dip all the way down to .231. I expect another 20-25 HR this year along with a handful of SB's and good counting stats to go along with an AVG around .250. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Blackmon's a 20/20 player with a .285 - .290 AVG. Hard to go wrong with that. Only thing holding Blackmon back would be the Rockies lineup, but with a healthy Tulo, CarGo, and Arenado, there should be plenty of guys to push Blackmon across the plate. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Shields has risen 3 spots in my rankings since he was traded to SD where he could see a slight uptick in his K/9 and a slight down tick in ERA & WHIP. His durability has helped him log more than 200 innings for 8 consecutive years and because of this he has a rather high floor. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Prototypical SP2 with a very stable floor. While his K/9 has been in the mid 7's since he came to MLB he has been solidly reliable in ERA & WHIP and may be looking at a bump in wins because of the improved roster around him. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
It all comes together for Gerrit Cole this season. Draft with confidence. (Jeff Boggis, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fantasyfootballempire.com/ '>Fantasy Football Empire</a>, 22 days ago)
Toiling near the Mendoza Line early on, but he's still making plenty of splash and the talent is very evident if you watch him play (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Gray got a bit more walk-happy than we would have liked last season, but he also threw more innings than he's ever thrown before, so excellence isn't neccesarily to be expected. He plays in a forgiving ballpark that can help make up for his walks, and he's only 25 years old. Gray should be great one day, and his time is now. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Wright has been a fantasy superstar for years, but he's coming off a season where he suffered a shoulder injury and posted the worst HR total and slugging % of his career. He chose to rehab the shoulder instead of having surgery and I'm scared his power could suffer as a result. If Wright can't hit the ball with authority his average could be severely affected as well. With h... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Robertson has been an elite RP for years and should continue that trend in 2015. Now that he is out of Mo's shadow I expect a big year from the young hurler heading into his second full season as a closer. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Ozuna quietly had a very solid season in '14 slashing 72/23/85/3/.269 and should have a good shot of replicating those numbers in '15 in what is a better Marlins lineup than you think (and much improved over last year's lineup). (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Pence is often overlooked but rarely overvalued. He contributes across all 5 categories and more importantly he plays every day. He might not have as much talent as the guys ranked above him, but he is far more reliable than most of them, and that in itself is valuable. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Wood was terrific last season and carries over his SP & RP eligibility giving him a little bump in value in some formats. While he may not pile up the wins on the hapless Braves he should positively contribute in every other category. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Mesoraco exploded with 25 HR in '14 while also notching an impressive 80 RBI and a .273 average. While I expect 15-20 HR I also expect the average to drop closer to his career average of .245 and roughly 15-20 less RBI. Still a valuable fake game asset behind the dish, but not the behemoth he was last season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Cobb is a breakout candidate because he has never thrown more than 160 innings, but has consistently had an ERA in the high 2's or low 3's along with a K/9 > 8 and a Whip around 1.1. If Cobb is able to log >200 innings he should easily be a top 20 SP. Update: Now dealing with forearm tendinitis Cobb will miss opening day and could obviously miss more time if the injury does... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Tyson Ross threw 41% sliders last year and had forearm soreness to end the season. Because of this I've moved him down roughly ten spots in my rankings and am generally staying away from him this season. Just too much risk in what is a very deep position. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
No longer the MVP he once was Pedroia is now fairly similar to Betts. Similar pop with less speed combined with a good average and a healthy run total. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After back to back 20+ HR seasons Gattis is finally in line to get 550+ PA's and should eclipse 30 HR for the first time in his career. A coveted non catcher with catcher status Evan should also provide solid counting stats with the power; though his average will likely be in the .250-.260 range. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Alexei is the classic 15/15 shortstop. He's got the potential to raise both of those totals over 20, but that's unlikely. Group those totals with a .270-.280 AVG, solid RBI/Run totals, and basically zero injury history, and Alexei is the type of player that won't hurt you anywhere, while giving you solid production. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
After hitting 29 HR in '13 Carter exploded for 37 HR last season. In '15 he remains in his physical prime and could threaten 40 if healthy. Although the average will likely be in the .220's the monstrous HR totals and solid counting stats can't be ignored. If Carter has OF and/or 1B eligibility that only strengthens his versatility and value. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I don't expect another 17 HR season, but 35 or so HR+SB and a healthy amount of runs scored should in the cards for the speedy Yankee. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
For all the hype Castro gets every season we haven't seen him run much over the past 2 seasons. Even if he takes a step forward in the power department he won't be an elite option if he's not running at all. Not unless he also takes a big step forward in the batting average department. Because his growth is essentially built into his ADP it's unlikely I'll draft him ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Rosenthal still had an effective season in '14, but he saw his walks per nine more than double and his K/9 drop nearly 2 K's per 9 innings pitched. It led to a bloated WHIP of 1.41 and the highest ERA of his professional career (3.2). Despite all of that he is still just 24 years old and firmly entrenched as the closer for the Cardinals who are seemingly always in contention (and... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Sure, scream at me about lack of MLB experience but, let's be honest, he wouldn't often make it past Round 3 in leagues that were drafting today (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Trumbo only played 88 games in his first season with Arizona yet he was still able to notch 14 HR's. As long as he's healthy he should smash 25-30 HR's along with very good counting stats along with a fairly terrible average (.240-.250) (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After flashing his pop in the postseason it will be interesting to see if the power surge continues. The HR upside is there, along with the speed, but also some drag on the batting average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Allen has been a very good RP since he debuted in 2012. He shined last season when handed the closing role. he even took a step forward in hits allowed per 9 and K/9 and could be on his way to elite status with another step forward this season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Richards was on his way to a breakout season before he injured his knee in August. With an expected return in mid April he is going at a discount in drafts and will likely only miss a couple of starts. Because this is a knee injury I am not as concerned as I would be had it been arm related. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Finally given the full time catching duties Gomes had a great year in '14 to the tune of .276/61/21/74. While I wouldn't expect those same numbers he should approach them as he heads into his age 27 season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
As long as Ned Yost doesn't wear him out with another 10 million starts behind the plate Sal should be in line for 15 HR's good counting stats and an average in the .280's. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Tanaka is an interesting player this year because he appears to be on of two things. He'll either be a dominant SP1 that comes at a reduced price on draft day or an injured SP that needs to have TJ surgery and misses most of the season. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground. So while there is significant risk here there is also huge upside. If he slides to SP 3/4 territory h... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Carpenter was largely overvalued last year coming off of his huge '12 campaign and now it's fairly safe to say that the opposite is true. After a down season last year he is being fairly undervalued. Carpenter has good OBP skills and should be very good to elite in 2 categories while being decent in the others. Don't expect 115 runs or a .315 average, but don't miss out o... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Harrison absolutely broke out last season and has earned himself a full time gig at 3B for the Buccos. Lucky for us he's also 2B & OF eligible in some formats. While I don't expect the numbers to match last year's I do expect him to contribute positively in every category and again push past 30 HR+SB. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Hosmer had another down season last year; although he did play extremely well in the postseason for the streaking Royals. Still only 25 yers old Hosmer should push 25+ HR+SB along with decent counting stats and a solid average in the .270's (for this bunch anyway). A decent late round flier there's always the chance that Hosmer finally puts it all together and breaks out. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Walker doesn't do any one thing great, but he does everything well, and there's value in that. While I don't expect him to lead the league in HR's at the position again I do expect him to contribute across the board as a top 12 2B. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Betances absolutely broke out in 2014 and I was along for the ride in several leagues. Maybe I'm a tad biased because of it, but I expect more of the same in 2015. While Delin could lose some save chances to tough LHH because the Yankees also have Miller in their bullpen I expect Joe Girardi to again use Betances for more than one inning on several occasions. This helped him reach 84... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Duda quietly notched 30 HR"s last year (if that's possible) in an impressive campaign that saw him finish 72nd overall in the Yahoo game. While I don't expect another 30 HR I do expect 25 and solid counting stats with an average that won't kill your fake team. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Jansen just had foot surgery and will be sidelined until mid April at the earliest and mid May at the latest. Even though he will miss time I'm not worried about the injury as it's not related to his arm in any way. That said he will miss some time so he has been slightly downgraded. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
LaRoche moves to the hitter friendly Cell on the south side of Chicago this season where he should in line for 20-25 HR and solid counting stats. Don't get too excited though as the average may be a drag around .230-.250 (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
This rabbit has more than 1 trick, as he also hits for average and should score a decent amount of runs. A much cheaper option than Billy Hamilton, Revere should be in for another 40-50 SB season if healthy. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Belt got off to a red hot start to the season last year hitting 10 HR's in his first 41 games before succumbing to injury. He only played 20 more games later in the year in what was essentially a lost season. Still only 26 years old Belt could have 25-30 HR+SB with some room for power growth. Now that he's projected to hit 3rd in the Giants lineup between Posey & Pence he cou... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
It's amazing to think that Andrus is only 26 years old. That means that, even though he's coming off of 2 rough years, we shouldn't be expecting his best years to be behind him. That said, he only appears to be good for a bunch of stolen bases at this point. Potential is there, but if you want to take that risk, you better have a backup plan. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Whiloe Kendrick has never blossomed into the batting title champ many thought he would be he has quietly had a very good career and is a quality asset in the fake game at 2B. He should again contribute across the board as he has something to prove with his new team in LA. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After back to back 25+ HR seasons Moss has joined the Indians and could hit clean up in a fairly balanced lineup. While the average could be .240-.250 he could still hit 20-25 HR's and provide decent counting numbers. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Although Lynn's K/9 dropped to 8 last year (down from 8.8 in 2013 and 9.2 in 2012) his ERA & WHIP also dropped, making it much more manageable for his fake game owners. He is as reliable as an SP3 can be and he pitches for a winning team. Draft away. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 18 days ago)
I had Rios on several teams last year and man was he underwhelming. Instead of walking away I'm buying in again, this time at a highly reduced price. Even if the power is gone Alex should have the green light in KC and provide plenty of fake game value. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Rollins had a monster season in '14 hitting 17 HR's and stealing 28 bags while notching useful counting numbers. Although he's entering his age 36 season he's in a much better lineup and should again push 30-35 HR+SB while accruing better counting numbers. Just be sure you and your fake team can stomach his average, as it will likely be in the .230-.250 range. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Murphy saw his SB's drop from his career high in '13 last season, but still put up decent numbers across all five categories. Look for him to continue that this season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Uehara has been one of the most dominant RP in MLB over the last 3 seasons but completely imploded down the stretch run last fall. As a manager who owned several shares of him when the implosion happened I'm likely a little more afraid than others. When combined with the fact that Koji turns 40 in April there is a large amount of risk that comes with him this season. I wouldn't b... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Injuries hurt his final numbers, but Choo needs a big bounceback in 2015 to be useful. There are more intriguing players at this stage of the draft, particularly if he isn't running. (Jon Collins, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.lockerroomfantasysports.com'>Fantasy Sports LR</a>, 24 days ago)
Street doesn't have the ridiculous K/9 that most of these other RP's do, but he consistently has solid ratios and he converts a high percentage of saves. Over the last 3 seasons he has never blown more than 2 saves. That's valuable in the fake game and shouldn't be overlooked. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Yadi missed some time with injury in '14, but it appears he's also in the midst of a gradual decline in his offensive skill set. I no longer expect a .300 average and 10-15 HR's with solid counting stats. Maybe 10-12 HR with an average in the .280's is more reasonable as Yadi heads into his age 32 season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Big things were expected in McCann's first year in NY and although he failed to meet them he still hit 66/26/76 albeit with a .244 AVG. Look for him to match or improve on those numbers and take advantage of the short porch in RF at Yankee Stadium. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Zobrist contributes across the board and provides sneaky production everywhere. And the multiple position eligibility is obviously nice as well. He should see lots of playing time and production in Oakland. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
If Papelbon is traded it will likely be to a team with an injured or ineffective closer so he'll likely retain his closer status. If he were a setup man he would still retain some value, but he would likely drop 10-12 spots on this list. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Myers hasn't had a full season, strikes out in 1/4 of his ABs and moves to a power sapping park. Fade the name brand. (Jon Collins, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.lockerroomfantasysports.com'>Fantasy Sports LR</a>, 24 days ago)
Although Bailey has had some setbacks he is still in line to be ready for the start of the season. After having a terrible year he should be nice and cheap on draft day while still having top 25 upside and a decent floor in regards to K's and ratios. If he remains healthy he will likely be a bargain. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Time and injuries have slowed the once mighty Utley, but he still has plenty of value in the fake game. Expect Walker-Lite numbers with a little more speed. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Segura is coming off of a miserable sophomore/junior slump filled with a brutal OBP and personal tragedy. The good news is that he put together a respectable second half of 2014, mostly due to an impressive September. I'd expect him to drive the ball better this year, and a higher OBP will come with a return of his massive SB numbers. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Can will continue to run and his speed leaves him a good candidate to hit above average BABIP, but with a .380 in that cat last year he won't hit .301 again. (Jon Collins, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.lockerroomfantasysports.com'>Fantasy Sports LR</a>, 24 days ago)
A .280 AVG with 20-30 SB is what we've been expecting from Escobar for years. We finally got it last year. He won't give you any power, but with Gordon and Hosmer finally coming into their own at the same time, he could see 90+ runs this season as well. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Benoit goes under the radar a bit because he was a set up man for a long time, but he has been tremendously productive in 4 of the last 5 seasons. Now the clear closer in San Diego he should be looking at a ton of save opportunities while playing half of his games in the best pitcher's park in the league. Don't underestimate the value Benoit brings to the table in 2015. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Span quietly had a fantastic season and will be leading off for the best offense again in 2015. This could lead to his first 100 run season while he combines for 25-35 HR+SB and notches a solid batting average. Update: core surgery on March 9th is expected to force Span to miss the first month of the seasons sliding him several spots down this list. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After spending the majority of his career as a backup and bench player Pearce came out of nowhere to hit 26 HR's last year in only 102 games. If given significant playing time again (he's in line for it) he should approach 20 HR again with solid counting numbers and a handful of SB. And all of this with a reasonable .260ish average. If you're in a deep league Pearce is a grea... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The Cardinals seem to get the most out of their veteran free agents. They managed to squeeze 21 homers out of Peralta last year, and they should have an improved offense this year to help with Runs/RBIs. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
After hitting 30 or more HR's in the previous 2 seasons Pedro only belted 18 last season in 122 games as he struggled at 3B and started the transition to 1B. Pedro still has a ton of power, but expecting more than 20-25 HR may leave you feeling unsatisfied. The counting stats should be okay, but the average may be unsightly in the .230's again. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Doolittle will miss the beginning of the season with an injury but is expected to regain his closing role upon his return because of the success he had last season and the fact that Billy Beane will likely bring in his best RP (Clippard) when the game is on the line no matter inning that occurs. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
K-Rod has resigned with the Brewers and will step back into their closer gig to begin the 2015 season. Although he struggled down the stretch last fall he has now had multiple effective seasons closing for the Brewers. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Before his injury last season Wieters was a reliable offensive force in the fake game. In the previous 3 seasons he average 66 runs, 22.5 HR and 76.6 RBI. He should be ready to go on opening day and can always DH if necessary. With a current ADP of 169.7 he's nice and cheap. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
McGee is rehabbing from elbow surgery and will likely miss most or all of April. Because of this he's being severely discounted on draft day. While there are obvious red flags here the skill-set is an elite one. Because he's going so late and or cheaply in drafts there isn't much risk and a ton of reward. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After hitting 28 HR in '12 and 21 in '13 Wilin only hit 13 HR last season. Because of this he's nice and cheap on draft day with an ADP of 169.9. At just 26 years old and playing half of his games at Coors Field Rosario has a solid chance of a bounce back season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After breaking out in his rookie season with 23 HR's Gyorko fell on his face last season as he only managed to hit 10 round-trippers last year to go along with his putrid .210 average. The 20 HR upside is still there, along with solid counting stats, as long as you can stomach a bad average and prolonged slumps. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
2012 is clearly the out liar in his career at this point, but Headley is still plenty useful in the fake game. As long as he keeps running a bit and adding 5-10 SB he should return 25-30 HR+SB along with good counting numbers and a decent average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I expected a lot from Mauer last year and yet again he disappointed fantasy owners. Even though he's totally healthy the power was almost non existent last season. He should provide a great average and decent counting stats, but don't' expect more than 10 HR+SB or you'll also be disappointed. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Steamer 59/18/59/19/.247 and PECOTA 80/25/83/26/.265 absolutely love this player. PECOTA projects 85 more at bats, but they both project over 500. That's good enough for me to slide Souza up my rankings and target him in the middle rounds of drafts. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Heading into his age 27 season Ramos still has a very strong skill set, but rarely stays healthy. If he managed to stay healthy he could be a top 5 option. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I love that all of the talk surrounding Baez in the preseason is his ridiculous K rate from last year and a looming demotion if he doesn't perform well for the Cubs. All of that talk has clouded the fact that Baez is only 22 and has some of the most HR power upside in MLB. Even if he only hits .220-.230 you'll happily lap it up it if he goes 25/15 with solid counting stats at 2B ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Country breakfast only had 15 HR last year, but he had good counting stats and a respectable (for this group anyway) .275 average. With his stock this low there is plenty of room for value in deep leagues that have CI and UT slots. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
If Lawrie can finally stay healthy we could see his first 20+ HR season along with contributions in every other category with a decent average. Because he's never played more than 125 games I can't bring myself to put the 25 year old any higher on my list. That said he's nice and cheap and should produce when healthy. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Lind quietly crushed RHP to teh tune of a .522 SLG% last year and will get all of the at bats against RHP in the strong side of a platoon this season. Although he's not a full time player he should stil be able to notch 15-20 HR and a decent average providing value in the deepest of leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Odor was thrown into the fire last season at the tender young age of 20 and still managed to SLG .402. If given full time at bats he should reach double digit HR's and decent counting stats. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Gennett was the strong side of a 2B platoon with Rickie Weeks last year and made the most of his AB's. Given more opportunity he could approach 20 HR+SB along with a good average and decent counting stats. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Casilla will open the 2015 season as the closer for the World Champion Giants. While his K/9 will not dazzle anyone, his elite ratios and consistant success can't be overlooked. Casilla hasn't posted an ERA over 3 since 2009, and in 3 of those seasons it was below 2. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Cabrera has had 2 subpar seasons in a row, with AVGs in the .240s, but those numbers don't really jive with the rest of his career. He still has the ability to hit 15-20 HR and steal double digit bases. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Gregorson is the boring version of Tyler Clippard. Solid ratios and a decent K/9 along with consistency and a close proximity to the closer's chair. A decent late round flier in most formats and a solid target in holds leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Cecil is currently in line to be the closer for the Blue Jays. He should provide solid ratios and K's along with a good amount of saves if he keeps the job all season. He is fairly cheap on draft day and is a good late/value target in all formats. Just be sure to keep an eye on the status of Aaron Sanchez, who has a superior skill-set, but may be in the mix for the fifth spot in the ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Being an outspoken or flashy player doesn't count in the fake game as Phillips has seen his stock heavily decline over the past few seasons. Now 33 years old I wouldn't expect more than 20 HR+SB and decent counting stats to go with a .250-.270 average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
It's not clear how much playing time Grandal will get with the Dodgers, but if he gets a real shot, he could post great numbers. The 26 year old raced through the minors easily posting .300 averages and having no trouble driving the baseball. He hit 15 HR in just 128 games last year, despite a .225 AVG. I expect to see increases in BOTH numbers, as well as Runs and RBI with the move to Los Angeles. Gra... (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Clippard has been one of the best RP in MLB over the last 6 seasons and will likely begin the year as the closer for the Oakland A's. That makes him a decently cheap target in all formats and a great target in holds leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Miller had an elite season last year and is an absolute terror for LHH's. Because of that he may get some opportunities to close games when there are mutliple LHH's due to hit in the 9th. Or if Girardi decides to bring Betances in for 2 innings when the game is on the line in the 7th. Even if Miller doesn't close any games he will have value this season. If something were to ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Based on stuff, I'd love to be higher on Roark but he'll need an injury or a change in role to have a fantasy impact in 2015. (Jon Collins, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.lockerroomfantasysports.com'>Fantasy Sports LR</a>, 24 days ago)
If healthy Tex could provide 20ish HR's and decent counting stats along with a terrible batting average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Petit came on strong last season right after I streamed him in my 15 team super deep roster league. As you can see I'm still mad about it. I expect Petit to again get a crack at the rotation and again provide some useful starts and stat lines. Even if he is a RP most of the season he still has a good amount of value and the coveted dual SP/RP eligibility. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Zunino is not a very good hitter, but he does have considerable power. Last year he hit 22 HR's but it came with an average of .199. This year he should again hit 20+ HR and hopefully the average is closer to .220. If your fake team can afford to take the average hit it will love all of the cheap power that comes with it. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
With all of the hyped Cubs prospects Alcantara has seemingly fallen through the cracks. Not on my watch. The power speed combo this player brings to the table is trememdous. In only 70 games last year AA had 10 HR's and 8 SB's. If Joe Madden uses his versatility in a Zobrist like fashion he could be a nice late round lottery ticket that pays out. 2B & OF eligibility help the ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Boxberger will likely return to a setup role despite being a much better pitcher than Balfour, but will still provide value with solid ratios and an elite K/9. If Boxberger were to ascend to the closing role for an extended period of time he could be the next Melancon and would in the conversation for top 10 RP status. All of this makes him a great target late round flier in all formats... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Mejia will have to improve upon his 2014 statistics if he wants to hold onto the closing gig in NY when Parnell returns from injury. If he does not his run as closer will come to an end. That said he still has some value even if he doesn't close because of his solid K/9 and SP eligibility. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Giles has the skill set to do what Delin Betances did last season. The problem is that seemingly everyone knows that and it's being factored into his draft day cost. I say he's worth it anyway and I don't even trust that Ruben Amaro Jr will do the right thing and trade Papelbon. Heck he should have already traded him. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Davis is coming off one of the best seasons for a RP in the history of baseball where he posted a ridiculous 1.0 ERA, a K/9 of 13.6 and didn't allow a single HR in 72 innings pitched. While I don't expect him to repeat that dominance I do expect him to be a top 30 RP even if he doesn't close a single game all season. If you play in a hold league this is exactly the type of pl... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Hawkins was solid last year as the closer for the Rockies, but trusting a 42 year old RP that has the worst home ballpark for pitchers in the entire league is a hurdle I'm not willing to jump over. Even if there is value to be had here, as there was last season, it is thin at best. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Once a serious HR hitter Hill only had 10 HR in 2014 despite 541 plate appearances. Despite the off year Hill still seems to have 15-20 HR potential along with 5-10 SP potential and good counting numbers. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Soria is the only set up man that I have listed above the closer in these rankings outside of the silly talented Ken Giles. Even though Giles will be handed the keys at some point I believe that Soria will force the issue in Detroit. Not only was Nathan ineffective last year, but Soria has been very productive his entire career outside of the 11 innings he pitched for Detroit last year. ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Romo has been elite RP his entire career outside of two bad months he had at the beginning of last season. Unluckily for him, and us int eh fake game, Casilla was able to step in and close games on the way to a Championship. Even if he remains a setup man all season Romo will still have a lot of value with his elite ratios and solid K/9. If Sergio were to regain the closing gig he would ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Schoop impressed with 16 HR's in his rookie campaign and will look to improve on that total in his sophomore season. However the counting stats will be mediocre and the average may be nearly as awful as it was last season (.209). (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Broxton managed impressive numbers last year despite relying heavily on smoke and mirrors. Long story short he was really lucky and not nearly as good as the numbers suggest he was. Despite all of this he is currently in line to set up games for the Brewers. If K-Rod should succumb to injury or ineffectiveness Broxton will likely get the first shot to close. A decent hedge in deep league... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Very similar to McGee Parnell is a flame throwing RP that is rehabbing from injury and expected to be on the DL until early May. After a healthy return Parnell should have a legit shot at regaining the closer's role from the less talented Jenrry Mejia. Being totally overlooked on draft day Parnell is a great target late in drafts. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Consistently a top 50 RP for the last few seasons. Great for deep leagues of all formats and a decent target for holds leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Quack Attack impressed last season and could get a shot to close if Benoit were to get injured or become ineffective. Because Benoit had arm injuries as recently as last season QA is a solid late round flier in all formats and a good target in holds leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Still without a job Soriano was a dominant force for several years before becoming ineffective in Washington last season. While there is still a chance he could net some saves this season that window appears to be rapidly shrinking. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Finally freed from the cavernous confines of Safeco Field Franklin could push 20-25 HR+SB along with decent counting stats albeit with a poor average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Fields is a great late round flier in deep leagues, as he is the most talented member of the Astros bullpen. While Gregorson has been consistently good and Qualls has been good of late neither of them possesses the upside of Fields. If the right dominoes were to fall and Fields were given a chance to close he would likely be a top 20 RP with top 15 upside. He's the closest thing to t... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Because it's the Oakland A's and you never know. Cook has a solid skill set and will be a good option in holds leagues. If injuries and opportunity were to arise Cook would be a top 15-20 RP if given the chance to close games. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Chavez came out of nowhere (he used to be a bad RP for the Pirates best known for giving up the playoff clinching HR to Braun after getting hammered at a bar in MKE the night before) to be a very useful and effective SP for the A's last season. While he will have to earn his spot in the rotation he should be looking at a possible inning increase that could bump him into SP3 status wi... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Qualls is the closer for the Astros heading into the season and he posted solid ratios the past 2 seasons. Despite this he is being overlooked and comes nice and cheap on draft day. Don't underestimate Qualls and his ability to hold the role longer than expected despite the talent behind him in the bullpen like Gregorson and FIelds. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Loup is slated to begin the year as the set up man in Toronto, but could ascend to the closer's chair if Cecil were to succumb to injury or ineffectiveness. Loup could even see some save chances if he lined up well against the opposition in the 9th inning because he is left-handed. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)

C | ECR

106/106
Although there is a little more risk associated with catchers than position players a .300/70/20/80 line seems about right. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The news that Lucroy will miss some time in spring training with a hamstring injury is a little scary, as those injuries can linger. That said it's likely that he'll be healed and ready to go by opening day. He may be a bit rusty to start, but then should be a solid fake game contributor across all 5 categories. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Mesoraco exploded with 25 HR in '14 while also notching an impressive 80 RBI and a .273 average. While I expect 15-20 HR I also expect the average to drop closer to his career average of .245 and roughly 15-20 less RBI. Still a valuable fake game asset behind the dish, but not the behemoth he was last season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After back to back 20+ HR seasons Gattis is finally in line to get 550+ PA's and should eclipse 30 HR for the first time in his career. A coveted non catcher with catcher status Evan should also provide solid counting stats with the power; though his average will likely be in the .250-.260 range. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Finally given the full time catching duties Gomes had a great year in '14 to the tune of .276/61/21/74. While I wouldn't expect those same numbers he should approach them as he heads into his age 27 season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
As long as Ned Yost doesn't wear him out with another 10 million starts behind the plate Sal should be in line for 15 HR's good counting stats and an average in the .280's. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Yadi missed some time with injury in '14, but it appears he's also in the midst of a gradual decline in his offensive skill set. I no longer expect a .300 average and 10-15 HR's with solid counting stats. Maybe 10-12 HR with an average in the .280's is more reasonable as Yadi heads into his age 32 season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
While Carlos was able to tie his career high with 27 HR's last season he saw his AVG dip all the way down to .231. I expect another 20-25 HR this year along with a handful of SB's and good counting stats to go along with an AVG around .250. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Big things were expected in McCann's first year in NY and although he failed to meet them he still hit 66/26/76 albeit with a .244 AVG. Look for him to match or improve on those numbers and take advantage of the short porch in RF at Yankee Stadium. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Before his injury last season Wieters was a reliable offensive force in the fake game. In the previous 3 seasons he average 66 runs, 22.5 HR and 76.6 RBI. He should be ready to go on opening day and can always DH if necessary. With a current ADP of 169.7 he's nice and cheap. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Heading into his age 27 season Ramos still has a very strong skill set, but rarely stays healthy. If he managed to stay healthy he could be a top 5 option. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After hitting 28 HR in '12 and 21 in '13 Wilin only hit 13 HR last season. Because of this he's nice and cheap on draft day with an ADP of 169.9. At just 26 years old and playing half of his games at Coors Field Rosario has a solid chance of a bounce back season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
It's not clear how much playing time Grandal will get with the Dodgers, but if he gets a real shot, he could post great numbers. The 26 year old raced through the minors easily posting .300 averages and having no trouble driving the baseball. He hit 15 HR in just 128 games last year, despite a .225 AVG. I expect to see increases in BOTH numbers, as well as Runs and RBI with the move to Los Angeles. Gra... (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Zunino is not a very good hitter, but he does have considerable power. Last year he hit 22 HR's but it came with an average of .199. This year he should again hit 20+ HR and hopefully the average is closer to .220. If your fake team can afford to take the average hit it will love all of the cheap power that comes with it. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)

1B | ECR

99/99
Goldy was having a great season last year before it ended roughly 50 games early with injury. Now fully healthy and entering his age 27 season Goldy is poised to hit 30+ HR, notch elite counting stats, hit in the .285-.300 range and even chip in 10-15 SB's. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Miggy was the 10th ranked player in Y! last year despite being hobbled with an ankle injury. If he's healthier this season his ranking should justifiably be higher. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I expect the average to come down a lot, but the fact is that Abreu remains in his physical prime, cleans up in a solid lineup and plays half of his games in a favorable ballpark. Even a decent sized regression leaves Jose and his owners fairly happy. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
EE just keeps on mashing in Toronto. Despite missing 30+ games with injury EE managed to hit 34 HR's and provide solid counting stats and a handful of SB's. Look for him to again eclipse 30 HR and provide elite counting stats while he chips in a few SB. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Rizzo's 2014 breakout was highlighted by 36 HR's in only 140 games played. Although his average may not reach .286 again this year he should be in line for another strong power show and elite counting stats to go along with a handful of SB's. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Solid young player, but counting stats are team dependent and the Braves lineup is atrocious. It's hard to drive guys in if they aren't on base. Throw in the fact that Freeman has never hit over 23 HR and you have a player that is too expensive for my taste. Especially at the deepest position on the infield. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
AGon is fairly similar to Pulojs at this point in his career. No longer a fake game behemoth he's still a very steady contributor and he hits in the middle of a solid lineup. He'll probably have a few less HR's and counting stats than Albert with a slightly better average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Old reliable. Not what he once was, but still a steady fantasy force. He just turned 35 years old, but more importantly he's healthy. And some guy named Trout hits in front of him. Order up the steak and pencil in .275/80/25/90/5 and be happy with anything beyond that. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Joey Bats is an MVP candidate every season that he's healthy as was the case in '14 when he hit .286/101/35/103/6. There's some injury risk here, as he's missed time in a few different seasons of late, but when he's healthy there are few players that are more valuable in the fake game. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Although there is a little more risk associated with catchers than position players a .300/70/20/80 line seems about right. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Recently given a clean bill of health I expect Prince to hit 20-25 HR and have solid counting stats while hitting int he middle of a good lineup that plays half of it's games in a great hitter's ballpark. Although Fielder missed 120 games last season he had only missed 13 games in the previous 8 seasons combined. There is a little risk here, but also a lot of upside. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The good news on the health front suggests that VMart will only miss spring training and not many regular season games. The bad news is that he's now 36 years old and has had knee problems in 2 of the past 3 seasons. That said he is a DH, so hopefully he can stay healthy. When healthy he's a near lock for a .300 average and good counting numbers because of his spot in the middle ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The Canadian Club is back to 100% (or 200 proof) w/ as many bombs (6) in his 1st 16 games as he had all last season (62 games) (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Despite low BA, he's pushing top 30 value in '15, and his BA wasn't all that last year when he pushed top 20 overall roto value (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Big Papi has been my 1B or DH so many times I've lost count. At 39 years of age this may be his last chance, but I doubt I will roster him in many places. While I expect 20-25 HR's and good counting stats with an average in the .270's I cant avoid the fact that at some point the train could very well go off the cliff, and it won't bet one of those magical Back to the Futu... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Davis took a huge step backwards last year, but if you read my ADP article that grenade didn't go off in your hand. This year Crush could actually provide some nice value, as the 30 HR pop is still there and the 40 HR upside remains as well. Throw in some good counting stats and you'll be able to stomach the .240-.250 average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
While Carlos was able to tie his career high with 27 HR's last season he saw his AVG dip all the way down to .231. I expect another 20-25 HR this year along with a handful of SB's and good counting stats to go along with an AVG around .250. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After hitting 29 HR in '13 Carter exploded for 37 HR last season. In '15 he remains in his physical prime and could threaten 40 if healthy. Although the average will likely be in the .220's the monstrous HR totals and solid counting stats can't be ignored. If Carter has OF and/or 1B eligibility that only strengthens his versatility and value. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The news that Lucroy will miss some time in spring training with a hamstring injury is a little scary, as those injuries can linger. That said it's likely that he'll be healed and ready to go by opening day. He may be a bit rusty to start, but then should be a solid fake game contributor across all 5 categories. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Trumbo only played 88 games in his first season with Arizona yet he was still able to notch 14 HR's. As long as he's healthy he should smash 25-30 HR's along with very good counting stats along with a fairly terrible average (.240-.250) (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Hosmer had another down season last year; although he did play extremely well in the postseason for the streaking Royals. Still only 25 yers old Hosmer should push 25+ HR+SB along with decent counting stats and a solid average in the .270's (for this bunch anyway). A decent late round flier there's always the chance that Hosmer finally puts it all together and breaks out. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Duda quietly notched 30 HR"s last year (if that's possible) in an impressive campaign that saw him finish 72nd overall in the Yahoo game. While I don't expect another 30 HR I do expect 25 and solid counting stats with an average that won't kill your fake team. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
LaRoche moves to the hitter friendly Cell on the south side of Chicago this season where he should in line for 20-25 HR and solid counting stats. Don't get too excited though as the average may be a drag around .230-.250 (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Belt got off to a red hot start to the season last year hitting 10 HR's in his first 41 games before succumbing to injury. He only played 20 more games later in the year in what was essentially a lost season. Still only 26 years old Belt could have 25-30 HR+SB with some room for power growth. Now that he's projected to hit 3rd in the Giants lineup between Posey & Pence he cou... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After back to back 25+ HR seasons Moss has joined the Indians and could hit clean up in a fairly balanced lineup. While the average could be .240-.250 he could still hit 20-25 HR's and provide decent counting numbers. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Big things were expected in McCann's first year in NY and although he failed to meet them he still hit 66/26/76 albeit with a .244 AVG. Look for him to match or improve on those numbers and take advantage of the short porch in RF at Yankee Stadium. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After spending the majority of his career as a backup and bench player Pearce came out of nowhere to hit 26 HR's last year in only 102 games. If given significant playing time again (he's in line for it) he should approach 20 HR again with solid counting numbers and a handful of SB. And all of this with a reasonable .260ish average. If you're in a deep league Pearce is a grea... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Lind quietly crushed RHP to teh tune of a .522 SLG% last year and will get all of the at bats against RHP in the strong side of a platoon this season. Although he's not a full time player he should stil be able to notch 15-20 HR and a decent average providing value in the deepest of leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After hitting 30 or more HR's in the previous 2 seasons Pedro only belted 18 last season in 122 games as he struggled at 3B and started the transition to 1B. Pedro still has a ton of power, but expecting more than 20-25 HR may leave you feeling unsatisfied. The counting stats should be okay, but the average may be unsightly in the .230's again. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Country breakfast only had 15 HR last year, but he had good counting stats and a respectable (for this group anyway) .275 average. With his stock this low there is plenty of room for value in deep leagues that have CI and UT slots. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I expected a lot from Mauer last year and yet again he disappointed fantasy owners. Even though he's totally healthy the power was almost non existent last season. He should provide a great average and decent counting stats, but don't' expect more than 10 HR+SB or you'll also be disappointed. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
If healthy Tex could provide 20ish HR's and decent counting stats along with a terrible batting average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
It's not clear how much playing time Grandal will get with the Dodgers, but if he gets a real shot, he could post great numbers. The 26 year old raced through the minors easily posting .300 averages and having no trouble driving the baseball. He hit 15 HR in just 128 games last year, despite a .225 AVG. I expect to see increases in BOTH numbers, as well as Runs and RBI with the move to Los Angeles. Gra... (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
2012 is clearly the out liar in his career at this point, but Headley is still plenty useful in the fake game. As long as he keeps running a bit and adding 5-10 SB he should return 25-30 HR+SB along with good counting numbers and a decent average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)

2B | ECR

112/112
The drop in HR's is enough to drop Robbie to 2nd at the position. Though I expect solid numbers across the board a HR total of 25 will likely never happen again, and he may not even reach 20 HR again. That said Cano is one of the safest fake game draft picks as he is remarkably durable and has played 157 or more games in his last 8 seasons. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After an amazing season the regression police will likely come after Altuve this season as he soared to a .341 AVG on the heels of a .360 BABIP. Even if his average drops down closer to .300 and the SB's drop to 35-40 that's still a very valuable fantasy asset to have at the keystone. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After a huge breakout season there is a very high expectation for Rendon to perform this year. Even if he regresses to 90% of what he did last year that's still 100/19/75/15 with a solid average. The speed and power combo plays well at 2B or 3B and is enough to push him past Cano at 2B and into the top 20 overall. Update: injury concerns are already cropping up sliding Rendon back a ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Top 25 fantasy finish in '14 - Shedding durability question mark with 155+ games played in 3 of past 4 seasons (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 22 days ago)
Dozier had shown pop in '13, but broke out in a big way last season to the tune of 21 HR's, 23 SB's and 112 runs scored. Those numbers may regress a bit, but you'll be able to stomach the poor average (expect .240-.250) if he makes another push at 20/20 and scores 90 runs atop a Twins lineup that is better than you think. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Continues to gain our trust as a 3-category stud from the premium 2B position (.297, 101 Runs, 71 steals in past 163 games) (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
After a disappointing season Kipnis is due to bounce back and deliver the power/speed combo we all expected last year. As long as you don't expect too much you'll be more than happy with 35-40 SB+HR and decent counting stats as he heads into his age 27 season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
No longer the MVP he once was Pedroia is now fairly similar to Betts. Similar pop with less speed combined with a good average and a healthy run total. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After flashing his pop in the postseason it will be interesting to see if the power surge continues. The HR upside is there, along with the speed, but also some drag on the batting average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Walker doesn't do any one thing great, but he does everything well, and there's value in that. While I don't expect him to lead the league in HR's at the position again I do expect him to contribute across the board as a top 12 2B. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Whiloe Kendrick has never blossomed into the batting title champ many thought he would be he has quietly had a very good career and is a quality asset in the fake game at 2B. He should again contribute across the board as he has something to prove with his new team in LA. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Murphy saw his SB's drop from his career high in '13 last season, but still put up decent numbers across all five categories. Look for him to continue that this season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Toiling near the Mendoza Line early on, but he's still making plenty of splash and the talent is very evident if you watch him play (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Harrison absolutely broke out last season and has earned himself a full time gig at 3B for the Buccos. Lucky for us he's also 2B & OF eligible in some formats. While I don't expect the numbers to match last year's I do expect him to contribute positively in every category and again push past 30 HR+SB. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Zobrist contributes across the board and provides sneaky production everywhere. And the multiple position eligibility is obviously nice as well. He should see lots of playing time and production in Oakland. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Time and injuries have slowed the once mighty Utley, but he still has plenty of value in the fake game. Expect Walker-Lite numbers with a little more speed. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After breaking out in his rookie season with 23 HR's Gyorko fell on his face last season as he only managed to hit 10 round-trippers last year to go along with his putrid .210 average. The 20 HR upside is still there, along with solid counting stats, as long as you can stomach a bad average and prolonged slumps. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
If Lawrie can finally stay healthy we could see his first 20+ HR season along with contributions in every other category with a decent average. Because he's never played more than 125 games I can't bring myself to put the 25 year old any higher on my list. That said he's nice and cheap and should produce when healthy. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Odor was thrown into the fire last season at the tender young age of 20 and still managed to SLG .402. If given full time at bats he should reach double digit HR's and decent counting stats. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I love that all of the talk surrounding Baez in the preseason is his ridiculous K rate from last year and a looming demotion if he doesn't perform well for the Cubs. All of that talk has clouded the fact that Baez is only 22 and has some of the most HR power upside in MLB. Even if he only hits .220-.230 you'll happily lap it up it if he goes 25/15 with solid counting stats at 2B ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Cabrera has had 2 subpar seasons in a row, with AVGs in the .240s, but those numbers don't really jive with the rest of his career. He still has the ability to hit 15-20 HR and steal double digit bases. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Gennett was the strong side of a 2B platoon with Rickie Weeks last year and made the most of his AB's. Given more opportunity he could approach 20 HR+SB along with a good average and decent counting stats. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Being an outspoken or flashy player doesn't count in the fake game as Phillips has seen his stock heavily decline over the past few seasons. Now 33 years old I wouldn't expect more than 20 HR+SB and decent counting stats to go with a .250-.270 average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
With all of the hyped Cubs prospects Alcantara has seemingly fallen through the cracks. Not on my watch. The power speed combo this player brings to the table is trememdous. In only 70 games last year AA had 10 HR's and 8 SB's. If Joe Madden uses his versatility in a Zobrist like fashion he could be a nice late round lottery ticket that pays out. 2B & OF eligibility help the ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Once a serious HR hitter Hill only had 10 HR in 2014 despite 541 plate appearances. Despite the off year Hill still seems to have 15-20 HR potential along with 5-10 SP potential and good counting numbers. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Schoop impressed with 16 HR's in his rookie campaign and will look to improve on that total in his sophomore season. However the counting stats will be mediocre and the average may be nearly as awful as it was last season (.209). (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Finally freed from the cavernous confines of Safeco Field Franklin could push 20-25 HR+SB along with decent counting stats albeit with a poor average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)

SS | ECR

89/89
By now everyone knows the drill. Tulo is an absolute monster in the fake game when healthy, but he can never stay healthy. Over the course of his 9 year career he's only managed 127+ games in 3 different seasons. Either draft and pray or stay away. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After 3 straight seasons of going 20/20 Desmond isn't flying below anyone's radar anymore. Hitting in a very strong lineup in his walk year will only help the cause. Pencil in 35-40 HR+SB, along with good counting numbers and be happy when his average creeps back up into the .260's. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Hanley probably won't play a single game at SS this season, but he will in the fake game, retaining eligibility from last year. Expect him to be good but not great in all 5 categories as he finally returns to Fenway Park 10 years after his first cup of coffee. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Age 32. Only 160 games played in 1 out of the last 6 seasons. SBs are in decline with his age. Hamstring issues all last season. Injury issues abound. (Jeff Boggis, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fantasyfootballempire.com/ '>Fantasy Football Empire</a>, 22 days ago)
Alexei is the classic 15/15 shortstop. He's got the potential to raise both of those totals over 20, but that's unlikely. Group those totals with a .270-.280 AVG, solid RBI/Run totals, and basically zero injury history, and Alexei is the type of player that won't hurt you anywhere, while giving you solid production. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
For all the hype Castro gets every season we haven't seen him run much over the past 2 seasons. Even if he takes a step forward in the power department he won't be an elite option if he's not running at all. Not unless he also takes a big step forward in the batting average department. Because his growth is essentially built into his ADP it's unlikely I'll draft him ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
It's amazing to think that Andrus is only 26 years old. That means that, even though he's coming off of 2 rough years, we shouldn't be expecting his best years to be behind him. That said, he only appears to be good for a bunch of stolen bases at this point. Potential is there, but if you want to take that risk, you better have a backup plan. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Rollins had a monster season in '14 hitting 17 HR's and stealing 28 bags while notching useful counting numbers. Although he's entering his age 36 season he's in a much better lineup and should again push 30-35 HR+SB while accruing better counting numbers. Just be sure you and your fake team can stomach his average, as it will likely be in the .230-.250 range. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Zobrist contributes across the board and provides sneaky production everywhere. And the multiple position eligibility is obviously nice as well. He should see lots of playing time and production in Oakland. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Segura is coming off of a miserable sophomore/junior slump filled with a brutal OBP and personal tragedy. The good news is that he put together a respectable second half of 2014, mostly due to an impressive September. I'd expect him to drive the ball better this year, and a higher OBP will come with a return of his massive SB numbers. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
A .280 AVG with 20-30 SB is what we've been expecting from Escobar for years. We finally got it last year. He won't give you any power, but with Gordon and Hosmer finally coming into their own at the same time, he could see 90+ runs this season as well. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
The Cardinals seem to get the most out of their veteran free agents. They managed to squeeze 21 homers out of Peralta last year, and they should have an improved offense this year to help with Runs/RBIs. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Cabrera has had 2 subpar seasons in a row, with AVGs in the .240s, but those numbers don't really jive with the rest of his career. He still has the ability to hit 15-20 HR and steal double digit bases. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
I love that all of the talk surrounding Baez in the preseason is his ridiculous K rate from last year and a looming demotion if he doesn't perform well for the Cubs. All of that talk has clouded the fact that Baez is only 22 and has some of the most HR power upside in MLB. Even if he only hits .220-.230 you'll happily lap it up it if he goes 25/15 with solid counting stats at 2B ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Finally freed from the cavernous confines of Safeco Field Franklin could push 20-25 HR+SB along with decent counting stats albeit with a poor average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)

3B | ECR

86/86
A move to Toronto should boost Dr Tophand's counting numbers and HR stats, but I'm a little worried about his average. The fact that he should throw in a handful of SB's will help. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Old reliable. Somehow Beltre had another great season last year despite having little to no help in the lineup around him and the fact that he's pushing his mid-thirties.. This year he should have several key contributors around him in the lineup and could see a slight uptick in counting numbers because of it. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Many key stat indicators took a wrong turn in '14, but still managed a respectable line (.253/22/91/83/5) - still under 30, so reasonable to bet on rebound (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 22 days ago)
Despite low BA, he's pushing top 30 value in '15, and his BA wasn't all that last year when he pushed top 20 overall roto value (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Everyone's favorite breakout candidate is doing just that, so far - No. 36 in Y! game (thru April 22) (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
After a huge breakout season there is a very high expectation for Rendon to perform this year. Even if he regresses to 90% of what he did last year that's still 100/19/75/15 with a solid average. The speed and power combo plays well at 2B or 3B and is enough to push him past Cano at 2B and into the top 20 overall. Update: injury concerns are already cropping up sliding Rendon back a ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Seager has improved his AVG, OBP & SLG in all four of his MLB seasons. I expect that trend to continue and for Seager to again contribute in all 5 categories. Now heading into his age 27 season he will be hitting behind Cano and in front of Cruz in a stronger Mariners offense. Draft away. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Miggy was the 10th ranked player in Y! last year despite being hobbled with an ankle injury. If he's healthier this season his ranking should justifiably be higher. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Davis took a huge step backwards last year, but if you read my ADP article that grenade didn't go off in your hand. This year Crush could actually provide some nice value, as the 30 HR pop is still there and the 40 HR upside remains as well. Throw in some good counting stats and you'll be able to stomach the .240-.250 average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
While Carlos was able to tie his career high with 27 HR's last season he saw his AVG dip all the way down to .231. I expect another 20-25 HR this year along with a handful of SB's and good counting stats to go along with an AVG around .250. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Wright has been a fantasy superstar for years, but he's coming off a season where he suffered a shoulder injury and posted the worst HR total and slugging % of his career. He chose to rehab the shoulder instead of having surgery and I'm scared his power could suffer as a result. If Wright can't hit the ball with authority his average could be severely affected as well. With h... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Sure, scream at me about lack of MLB experience but, let's be honest, he wouldn't often make it past Round 3 in leagues that were drafting today (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Carpenter was largely overvalued last year coming off of his huge '12 campaign and now it's fairly safe to say that the opposite is true. After a down season last year he is being fairly undervalued. Carpenter has good OBP skills and should be very good to elite in 2 categories while being decent in the others. Don't expect 115 runs or a .315 average, but don't miss out o... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Harrison absolutely broke out last season and has earned himself a full time gig at 3B for the Buccos. Lucky for us he's also 2B & OF eligible in some formats. While I don't expect the numbers to match last year's I do expect him to contribute positively in every category and again push past 30 HR+SB. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Murphy saw his SB's drop from his career high in '13 last season, but still put up decent numbers across all five categories. Look for him to continue that this season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After hitting 30 or more HR's in the previous 2 seasons Pedro only belted 18 last season in 122 games as he struggled at 3B and started the transition to 1B. Pedro still has a ton of power, but expecting more than 20-25 HR may leave you feeling unsatisfied. The counting stats should be okay, but the average may be unsightly in the .230's again. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
2012 is clearly the out liar in his career at this point, but Headley is still plenty useful in the fake game. As long as he keeps running a bit and adding 5-10 SB he should return 25-30 HR+SB along with good counting numbers and a decent average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
If Lawrie can finally stay healthy we could see his first 20+ HR season along with contributions in every other category with a decent average. Because he's never played more than 125 games I can't bring myself to put the 25 year old any higher on my list. That said he's nice and cheap and should produce when healthy. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Once a serious HR hitter Hill only had 10 HR in 2014 despite 541 plate appearances. Despite the off year Hill still seems to have 15-20 HR potential along with 5-10 SP potential and good counting numbers. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Schoop impressed with 16 HR's in his rookie campaign and will look to improve on that total in his sophomore season. However the counting stats will be mediocre and the average may be nearly as awful as it was last season (.209). (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)

DH | ECR

34/34
Miggy was the 10th ranked player in Y! last year despite being hobbled with an ankle injury. If he's healthier this season his ranking should justifiably be higher. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I expect the average to come down a lot, but the fact is that Abreu remains in his physical prime, cleans up in a solid lineup and plays half of his games in a favorable ballpark. Even a decent sized regression leaves Jose and his owners fairly happy. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
EE just keeps on mashing in Toronto. Despite missing 30+ games with injury EE managed to hit 34 HR's and provide solid counting stats and a handful of SB's. Look for him to again eclipse 30 HR and provide elite counting stats while he chips in a few SB. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Old reliable. Not what he once was, but still a steady fantasy force. He just turned 35 years old, but more importantly he's healthy. And some guy named Trout hits in front of him. Order up the steak and pencil in .275/80/25/90/5 and be happy with anything beyond that. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Big Papi has been my 1B or DH so many times I've lost count. At 39 years of age this may be his last chance, but I doubt I will roster him in many places. While I expect 20-25 HR's and good counting stats with an average in the .270's I cant avoid the fact that at some point the train could very well go off the cliff, and it won't bet one of those magical Back to the Futu... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Now in Detroit Cespedes should pile up the RBI's with a HR total in the low twenties, a decent amount of runs scored and an average that shouldn't hurt or help you. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The good news on the health front suggests that VMart will only miss spring training and not many regular season games. The bad news is that he's now 36 years old and has had knee problems in 2 of the past 3 seasons. That said he is a DH, so hopefully he can stay healthy. When healthy he's a near lock for a .300 average and good counting numbers because of his spot in the middle ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
In addition to the top-shelf power, he's hit .345 in his past 200 MLB at bats (postseason included) (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
While Carlos was able to tie his career high with 27 HR's last season he saw his AVG dip all the way down to .231. I expect another 20-25 HR this year along with a handful of SB's and good counting stats to go along with an AVG around .250. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After hitting 29 HR in '13 Carter exploded for 37 HR last season. In '15 he remains in his physical prime and could threaten 40 if healthy. Although the average will likely be in the .220's the monstrous HR totals and solid counting stats can't be ignored. If Carter has OF and/or 1B eligibility that only strengthens his versatility and value. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Injuries hurt his final numbers, but Choo needs a big bounceback in 2015 to be useful. There are more intriguing players at this stage of the draft, particularly if he isn't running. (Jon Collins, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.lockerroomfantasysports.com'>Fantasy Sports LR</a>, 24 days ago)
Lind quietly crushed RHP to teh tune of a .522 SLG% last year and will get all of the at bats against RHP in the strong side of a platoon this season. Although he's not a full time player he should stil be able to notch 15-20 HR and a decent average providing value in the deepest of leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Country breakfast only had 15 HR last year, but he had good counting stats and a respectable (for this group anyway) .275 average. With his stock this low there is plenty of room for value in deep leagues that have CI and UT slots. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)

OF | ECR

237/237
The best player in baseball and a slam dunk at #1 overall. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
McCutchen has averaged 47.4 HR+SB over the past 5 seasons and he contributes solid to elite stats in all 5 categories. He's Reliable, durable and has a very high floor. Draft early and often. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The biggest power bat in the league is just 25 years old and is only beginning to enter his physical prime. Watch out world. He may take a small step back in average, but he should again be elite in counting stats while challenging for the league lead in HR. And to top it off he'll probably steal 5-10 bags too. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
The last 2 seasons he's gone 24/40 & 23/34 while notching a .284 AVG, scoring an elite amount of runs and posting decent RBI totals. Even if the AVG dips a little you should still get solid production in the other 4 categories. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Joey Bats is an MVP candidate every season that he's healthy as was the case in '14 when he hit .286/101/35/103/6. There's some injury risk here, as he's missed time in a few different seasons of late, but when he's healthy there are few players that are more valuable in the fake game. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Jones is just outside of superstar status, but he is consistently one of the best performers in fake baseball. Pencil in .280/80/25/90/10 and enjoy everything beyond that. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Puig has never hit more than 19 HR or stolen more than 11 bags, yet he's being ranked higher than players that either have a higher ceiling (Harper & Springer) or players that have already done what he's projected to do (Upton, Braun, Cargo). While his career average is .305 I'm not going to pay for elite all around production until he actually does it. This will likely ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Ellsbury's first year in NY was a solid one and he will look to continue to provide solid production across all five categories. He's similar to Carlos Gomez with less power. At this point in hie career you're drafting Ellsbury for his floor just as much as his ceiling. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Brantley absolutely broke out in '14 and will look to do more of the same this season. Even if he regresses he should still provide solid contributions in all 5 categories as he heads into his age 27 season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After a thumb injury sapped Braun's ability to turn on the inside pitch last year it appears he is fully healthy. Although there is some injury risk here the floor is rather solid. A line of .285/75/20/85/15 would be fine and anything on top of that would be gravy. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Upton has consistently been one of the best assets in the fake game in his young career. Over the past 5 seasons he's averaged 24.5 HR, 90 R, 80 RBI & 15.5 SB. All of that with an average between .263-.289. Heading into his age 27 season Upton has a rock solid floor and is a player that shouldn't be overlooked. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Harper's power potential is still enormous, and although he's yet to hit more than the 22 HR he hit in his rookie season, he should top that number this season if healthy. The upside remains 30/20 with solid counting stats and a decent average. You must remember that Harper is only 22 years old and has averaged only 119 games per season thus far in his first 3 seasons. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Dickerson broke out last season and even if he regresses a bit he has Coors Field to fall back on. Because of this I expect solid numbers across all 5 categories for the 25 year old. I expect similar numbers to Brantley with more power and less speed. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
If Springer goes 30/20 with 80-90 RBI and runs scored it won't matter that he hits .230-.250. His floor appears to be a million strikeouts and a terrible average along with solid contributions across 4 categories. His ceiling meanwhile is the Sistine Chapel. If he runs into a lucky high BABIP season he will be a top asset in the fake game. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Cargo had an awful injury plagued season in '14 where he was limited to only 70 games. While it's hard to project more than 120 games for this player because of his injury history that's still enough for him to accrue 20-25 HR and 10-15 SB with good counting stats and a solid average. Just be aware that the need for a replacement player at some point int he season appears to ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Thankfully he's got a toolbox like Spicoli's dad - he's been a top 25 fantasy asset (thru April 22) despite a .224 BA (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Raking in his new SoCal locale (.338 thru 65 ABs), and 2 triples, 2 SBs nice sign that his hips feel good (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Now in Detroit Cespedes should pile up the RBI's with a HR total in the low twenties, a decent amount of runs scored and an average that shouldn't hurt or help you. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
He may never be much with the bat, but he's drawing walks, and that pushes his Run/SB upside into elite territory (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Incredibly boring in a push .300 BA, 100 RBI, mid-20s HR kinda way (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
In addition to the top-shelf power, he's hit .345 in his past 200 MLB at bats (postseason included) (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
It's hard to believe that while he's going into his 6th season as a pro Heyward is still just 25 years old. Expect another solid season of 30+ HR+SB with a bunch of runs scored along with a decent average and RBI total. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Yelich should be in for 30-35 HR+SB along with a solid average, a healthy amount of runs scored and a decent RBI total. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
It appears that the 20 HR power is legit. Expect roughly 30 HR+SB and a healthy amount of runs with a solid average and you have yourself a very useful player in the fake game. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I love Alex Gordon as a player but have slid him back roughly 10 spots in the rankings because of concern over his recovery from wrist surgery. Even though he's projected to be ready by opening day the injury may sap some of his power and could also affect his average. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After several solid seasons Bruce completely fell off last year and he still managed 18 HR. If he bounces back at all his floor would resemble something like .240/60/20/70/7 while he's playing half of his games in that bandbox in Cincinnati. And to be fair he's still just 27 years old, so there is still plenty of upside here. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Blackmon's a 20/20 player with a .285 - .290 AVG. Hard to go wrong with that. Only thing holding Blackmon back would be the Rockies lineup, but with a healthy Tulo, CarGo, and Arenado, there should be plenty of guys to push Blackmon across the plate. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Toiling near the Mendoza Line early on, but he's still making plenty of splash and the talent is very evident if you watch him play (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Ozuna quietly had a very solid season in '14 slashing 72/23/85/3/.269 and should have a good shot of replicating those numbers in '15 in what is a better Marlins lineup than you think (and much improved over last year's lineup). (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Pence is often overlooked but rarely overvalued. He contributes across all 5 categories and more importantly he plays every day. He might not have as much talent as the guys ranked above him, but he is far more reliable than most of them, and that in itself is valuable. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I don't expect another 17 HR season, but 35 or so HR+SB and a healthy amount of runs scored should in the cards for the speedy Yankee. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Trumbo only played 88 games in his first season with Arizona yet he was still able to notch 14 HR's. As long as he's healthy he should smash 25-30 HR's along with very good counting stats along with a fairly terrible average (.240-.250) (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
This rabbit has more than 1 trick, as he also hits for average and should score a decent amount of runs. A much cheaper option than Billy Hamilton, Revere should be in for another 40-50 SB season if healthy. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Harrison absolutely broke out last season and has earned himself a full time gig at 3B for the Buccos. Lucky for us he's also 2B & OF eligible in some formats. While I don't expect the numbers to match last year's I do expect him to contribute positively in every category and again push past 30 HR+SB. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
I had Rios on several teams last year and man was he underwhelming. Instead of walking away I'm buying in again, this time at a highly reduced price. Even if the power is gone Alex should have the green light in KC and provide plenty of fake game value. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After back to back 25+ HR seasons Moss has joined the Indians and could hit clean up in a fairly balanced lineup. While the average could be .240-.250 he could still hit 20-25 HR's and provide decent counting numbers. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After hitting 29 HR in '13 Carter exploded for 37 HR last season. In '15 he remains in his physical prime and could threaten 40 if healthy. Although the average will likely be in the .220's the monstrous HR totals and solid counting stats can't be ignored. If Carter has OF and/or 1B eligibility that only strengthens his versatility and value. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Injuries hurt his final numbers, but Choo needs a big bounceback in 2015 to be useful. There are more intriguing players at this stage of the draft, particularly if he isn't running. (Jon Collins, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.lockerroomfantasysports.com'>Fantasy Sports LR</a>, 24 days ago)
Myers hasn't had a full season, strikes out in 1/4 of his ABs and moves to a power sapping park. Fade the name brand. (Jon Collins, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.lockerroomfantasysports.com'>Fantasy Sports LR</a>, 24 days ago)
Zobrist contributes across the board and provides sneaky production everywhere. And the multiple position eligibility is obviously nice as well. He should see lots of playing time and production in Oakland. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Can will continue to run and his speed leaves him a good candidate to hit above average BABIP, but with a .380 in that cat last year he won't hit .301 again. (Jon Collins, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.lockerroomfantasysports.com'>Fantasy Sports LR</a>, 24 days ago)
After spending the majority of his career as a backup and bench player Pearce came out of nowhere to hit 26 HR's last year in only 102 games. If given significant playing time again (he's in line for it) he should approach 20 HR again with solid counting numbers and a handful of SB. And all of this with a reasonable .260ish average. If you're in a deep league Pearce is a grea... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Span quietly had a fantastic season and will be leading off for the best offense again in 2015. This could lead to his first 100 run season while he combines for 25-35 HR+SB and notches a solid batting average. Update: core surgery on March 9th is expected to force Span to miss the first month of the seasons sliding him several spots down this list. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Steamer 59/18/59/19/.247 and PECOTA 80/25/83/26/.265 absolutely love this player. PECOTA projects 85 more at bats, but they both project over 500. That's good enough for me to slide Souza up my rankings and target him in the middle rounds of drafts. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
With all of the hyped Cubs prospects Alcantara has seemingly fallen through the cracks. Not on my watch. The power speed combo this player brings to the table is trememdous. In only 70 games last year AA had 10 HR's and 8 SB's. If Joe Madden uses his versatility in a Zobrist like fashion he could be a nice late round lottery ticket that pays out. 2B & OF eligibility help the ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)

SP | ECR

258/258
The Mike Trout of pitchers. Similar to Trout he's way the best at what he does and on a path for all time greatness. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
King Felix is coming off an amazing season and has been one of the most durable and consistent SP's in MLB for most of the last decade. Look for more of the same on an improved Mariners team. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
A move to the NL and the best team in baseball should only bolster Mad Max's K's and Wins as he heads into '15 as one of the truly elite SP's in the fake game. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Sale only pitched 174 innings in '14 but was still able to log 208 K's and 12 wins on a losing team in a tough AL division. Look for him to have another lights out season as long as he remains healthy. Update: Sale will miss the first half of April after fracturing his foot. Slides back a few spots because of it. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
25-year-old went 4-1 w/ 1.03 ERA in postseason after finishing as No. 8 SP in fantasy game during reg. season (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 22 days ago)
Strasburg had the quietest 242 SO season in recent memory and yet it's as if people still think he hasn't broken out. Strange. Strasburg will look to again pitch over 200 innings and again log elite ratios and 225-250 K's on what could be the best team in baseball. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After taking a step back in K/9 in 2013 Price was terrific last year and reverted to his previous levels of ace-hood. Look for him to again throw for 200 innings and 200 K's to go with a boatload of wins and elite ratios. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
After an absolutely brilliant CY Young season in 2014 Kluber may take a small step back in 2015 and still be great. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Has 15+ wins in 4 straight seasons (200+ Ks in 3 of those 4) - '15 is basically a contract year as he has an opt-out clause (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 22 days ago)
Overdue upper Big Board recognition - his K/9 rate has been in steady incline and his ERA sits in the mid-2.00s since '11 (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Sharp boost in K rate (8.20) in '14 has boosted this control artist to the back end of the ace crop (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 22 days ago)
Hamels is coming off what is probably the best 9-9 season in the history of MLB. Despite the lack of wins he contributed elite ratios and 198 K's. In 2015 I expect Hamels to come closer to 220 innings pitched and also notch 210-225 K's to go along with more good ratios. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Coming off of a career year Lester was rewarded with a ginormous contract by the Cubs, and players in the fake game are rewarded because Lester moves to the NL. Swap a DH out for a SP and Lester should be in for another quality season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Despite having a solid year last season in regards to ERA & WHIP Waino had his lowest K/9 in 5 years and then had elbow surgery at the end of October. Despite his pristine track record these factors combined send up a red flag for me. Especially when you add up all the innings he's thrown since having TJ surgery. Because of this I've moved him down in my rankings and am gener... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Looks no worse for the wear following TJ surgery - fastball average of 95.6 mph, and 24:1 K-to-BB ratio after 18 IP (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Shields has risen 3 spots in my rankings since he was traded to SD where he could see a slight uptick in his K/9 and a slight down tick in ERA & WHIP. His durability has helped him log more than 200 innings for 8 consecutive years and because of this he has a rather high floor. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Prototypical SP2 with a very stable floor. While his K/9 has been in the mid 7's since he came to MLB he has been solidly reliable in ERA & WHIP and may be looking at a bump in wins because of the improved roster around him. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
It all comes together for Gerrit Cole this season. Draft with confidence. (Jeff Boggis, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fantasyfootballempire.com/ '>Fantasy Football Empire</a>, 22 days ago)
Gray got a bit more walk-happy than we would have liked last season, but he also threw more innings than he's ever thrown before, so excellence isn't neccesarily to be expected. He plays in a forgiving ballpark that can help make up for his walks, and he's only 25 years old. Gray should be great one day, and his time is now. (Tim Young, <a target='_blank' href='http://mlbsoup.com/'>MLB Soup</a>, 45 days ago)
Wood was terrific last season and carries over his SP & RP eligibility giving him a little bump in value in some formats. While he may not pile up the wins on the hapless Braves he should positively contribute in every other category. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Cobb is a breakout candidate because he has never thrown more than 160 innings, but has consistently had an ERA in the high 2's or low 3's along with a K/9 > 8 and a Whip around 1.1. If Cobb is able to log >200 innings he should easily be a top 20 SP. Update: Now dealing with forearm tendinitis Cobb will miss opening day and could obviously miss more time if the injury does... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Tyson Ross threw 41% sliders last year and had forearm soreness to end the season. Because of this I've moved him down roughly ten spots in my rankings and am generally staying away from him this season. Just too much risk in what is a very deep position. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Richards was on his way to a breakout season before he injured his knee in August. With an expected return in mid April he is going at a discount in drafts and will likely only miss a couple of starts. Because this is a knee injury I am not as concerned as I would be had it been arm related. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Tanaka is an interesting player this year because he appears to be on of two things. He'll either be a dominant SP1 that comes at a reduced price on draft day or an injured SP that needs to have TJ surgery and misses most of the season. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground. So while there is significant risk here there is also huge upside. If he slides to SP 3/4 territory h... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Although Lynn's K/9 dropped to 8 last year (down from 8.8 in 2013 and 9.2 in 2012) his ERA & WHIP also dropped, making it much more manageable for his fake game owners. He is as reliable as an SP3 can be and he pitches for a winning team. Draft away. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 18 days ago)
Although Bailey has had some setbacks he is still in line to be ready for the start of the season. After having a terrible year he should be nice and cheap on draft day while still having top 25 upside and a decent floor in regards to K's and ratios. If he remains healthy he will likely be a bargain. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Based on stuff, I'd love to be higher on Roark but he'll need an injury or a change in role to have a fantasy impact in 2015. (Jon Collins, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.lockerroomfantasysports.com'>Fantasy Sports LR</a>, 24 days ago)
Petit came on strong last season right after I streamed him in my 15 team super deep roster league. As you can see I'm still mad about it. I expect Petit to again get a crack at the rotation and again provide some useful starts and stat lines. Even if he is a RP most of the season he still has a good amount of value and the coveted dual SP/RP eligibility. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Mejia will have to improve upon his 2014 statistics if he wants to hold onto the closing gig in NY when Parnell returns from injury. If he does not his run as closer will come to an end. That said he still has some value even if he doesn't close because of his solid K/9 and SP eligibility. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Chavez came out of nowhere (he used to be a bad RP for the Pirates best known for giving up the playoff clinching HR to Braun after getting hammered at a bar in MKE the night before) to be a very useful and effective SP for the A's last season. While he will have to earn his spot in the rotation he should be looking at a possible inning increase that could bump him into SP3 status wi... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)

RP | ECR

358/358
At closer, it's Chapman and then everyone else - fastball average sits at 99 mph (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Kimbrel has been the consensus top RP for the last few years and he hasn't done anything to lose that title. His team has though, as the Braves are rebuilding and because of it Craig will likely see less save chances. That said he should still return elite ratios and K's with a good amount of saves. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Converted 46 of 48 save opportunities. WHIP was just .91. Electric stuff. (Marc Caviglia, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.brunoboys.net/'>Bruno Boys</a>, 22 days ago)
Robertson has been an elite RP for years and should continue that trend in 2015. Now that he is out of Mo's shadow I expect a big year from the young hurler heading into his second full season as a closer. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Rosenthal still had an effective season in '14, but he saw his walks per nine more than double and his K/9 drop nearly 2 K's per 9 innings pitched. It led to a bloated WHIP of 1.41 and the highest ERA of his professional career (3.2). Despite all of that he is still just 24 years old and firmly entrenched as the closer for the Cardinals who are seemingly always in contention (and... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Allen has been a very good RP since he debuted in 2012. He shined last season when handed the closing role. he even took a step forward in hits allowed per 9 and K/9 and could be on his way to elite status with another step forward this season. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Jansen just had foot surgery and will be sidelined until mid April at the earliest and mid May at the latest. Even though he will miss time I'm not worried about the injury as it's not related to his arm in any way. That said he will miss some time so he has been slightly downgraded. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Betances absolutely broke out in 2014 and I was along for the ride in several leagues. Maybe I'm a tad biased because of it, but I expect more of the same in 2015. While Delin could lose some save chances to tough LHH because the Yankees also have Miller in their bullpen I expect Joe Girardi to again use Betances for more than one inning on several occasions. This helped him reach 84... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Uehara has been one of the most dominant RP in MLB over the last 3 seasons but completely imploded down the stretch run last fall. As a manager who owned several shares of him when the implosion happened I'm likely a little more afraid than others. When combined with the fact that Koji turns 40 in April there is a large amount of risk that comes with him this season. I wouldn't b... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Street doesn't have the ridiculous K/9 that most of these other RP's do, but he consistently has solid ratios and he converts a high percentage of saves. Over the last 3 seasons he has never blown more than 2 saves. That's valuable in the fake game and shouldn't be overlooked. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
If Papelbon is traded it will likely be to a team with an injured or ineffective closer so he'll likely retain his closer status. If he were a setup man he would still retain some value, but he would likely drop 10-12 spots on this list. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Wood was terrific last season and carries over his SP & RP eligibility giving him a little bump in value in some formats. While he may not pile up the wins on the hapless Braves he should positively contribute in every other category. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Benoit goes under the radar a bit because he was a set up man for a long time, but he has been tremendously productive in 4 of the last 5 seasons. Now the clear closer in San Diego he should be looking at a ton of save opportunities while playing half of his games in the best pitcher's park in the league. Don't underestimate the value Benoit brings to the table in 2015. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
K-Rod has resigned with the Brewers and will step back into their closer gig to begin the 2015 season. Although he struggled down the stretch last fall he has now had multiple effective seasons closing for the Brewers. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Doolittle will miss the beginning of the season with an injury but is expected to regain his closing role upon his return because of the success he had last season and the fact that Billy Beane will likely bring in his best RP (Clippard) when the game is on the line no matter inning that occurs. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
McGee is rehabbing from elbow surgery and will likely miss most or all of April. Because of this he's being severely discounted on draft day. While there are obvious red flags here the skill-set is an elite one. Because he's going so late and or cheaply in drafts there isn't much risk and a ton of reward. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Casilla will open the 2015 season as the closer for the World Champion Giants. While his K/9 will not dazzle anyone, his elite ratios and consistant success can't be overlooked. Casilla hasn't posted an ERA over 3 since 2009, and in 3 of those seasons it was below 2. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Gregorson is the boring version of Tyler Clippard. Solid ratios and a decent K/9 along with consistency and a close proximity to the closer's chair. A decent late round flier in most formats and a solid target in holds leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Cecil is currently in line to be the closer for the Blue Jays. He should provide solid ratios and K's along with a good amount of saves if he keeps the job all season. He is fairly cheap on draft day and is a good late/value target in all formats. Just be sure to keep an eye on the status of Aaron Sanchez, who has a superior skill-set, but may be in the mix for the fifth spot in the ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Clippard has been one of the best RP in MLB over the last 6 seasons and will likely begin the year as the closer for the Oakland A's. That makes him a decently cheap target in all formats and a great target in holds leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Miller had an elite season last year and is an absolute terror for LHH's. Because of that he may get some opportunities to close games when there are mutliple LHH's due to hit in the 9th. Or if Girardi decides to bring Betances in for 2 innings when the game is on the line in the 7th. Even if Miller doesn't close any games he will have value this season. If something were to ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Nathan was terrible last year and still somehow held onto the closing gig all season. He is slated to begin the season as the closer but will likely lose that job to the superior arms of Soria or Rondon in the near future. This is a player I once loved and drafted with regularity but will likely have zero shares of this season. No thank you. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Mejia will have to improve upon his 2014 statistics if he wants to hold onto the closing gig in NY when Parnell returns from injury. If he does not his run as closer will come to an end. That said he still has some value even if he doesn't close because of his solid K/9 and SP eligibility. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Boxberger will likely return to a setup role despite being a much better pitcher than Balfour, but will still provide value with solid ratios and an elite K/9. If Boxberger were to ascend to the closing role for an extended period of time he could be the next Melancon and would in the conversation for top 10 RP status. All of this makes him a great target late round flier in all formats... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Davis is coming off one of the best seasons for a RP in the history of baseball where he posted a ridiculous 1.0 ERA, a K/9 of 13.6 and didn't allow a single HR in 72 innings pitched. While I don't expect him to repeat that dominance I do expect him to be a top 30 RP even if he doesn't close a single game all season. If you play in a hold league this is exactly the type of pl... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Giles has the skill set to do what Delin Betances did last season. The problem is that seemingly everyone knows that and it's being factored into his draft day cost. I say he's worth it anyway and I don't even trust that Ruben Amaro Jr will do the right thing and trade Papelbon. Heck he should have already traded him. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Petit came on strong last season right after I streamed him in my 15 team super deep roster league. As you can see I'm still mad about it. I expect Petit to again get a crack at the rotation and again provide some useful starts and stat lines. Even if he is a RP most of the season he still has a good amount of value and the coveted dual SP/RP eligibility. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Hawkins was solid last year as the closer for the Rockies, but trusting a 42 year old RP that has the worst home ballpark for pitchers in the entire league is a hurdle I'm not willing to jump over. Even if there is value to be had here, as there was last season, it is thin at best. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Romo has been elite RP his entire career outside of two bad months he had at the beginning of last season. Unluckily for him, and us int eh fake game, Casilla was able to step in and close games on the way to a Championship. Even if he remains a setup man all season Romo will still have a lot of value with his elite ratios and solid K/9. If Sergio were to regain the closing gig he would ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Soria is the only set up man that I have listed above the closer in these rankings outside of the silly talented Ken Giles. Even though Giles will be handed the keys at some point I believe that Soria will force the issue in Detroit. Not only was Nathan ineffective last year, but Soria has been very productive his entire career outside of the 11 innings he pitched for Detroit last year. ... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Very similar to McGee Parnell is a flame throwing RP that is rehabbing from injury and expected to be on the DL until early May. After a healthy return Parnell should have a legit shot at regaining the closer's role from the less talented Jenrry Mejia. Being totally overlooked on draft day Parnell is a great target late in drafts. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Broxton managed impressive numbers last year despite relying heavily on smoke and mirrors. Long story short he was really lucky and not nearly as good as the numbers suggest he was. Despite all of this he is currently in line to set up games for the Brewers. If K-Rod should succumb to injury or ineffectiveness Broxton will likely get the first shot to close. A decent hedge in deep league... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Qualls is the closer for the Astros heading into the season and he posted solid ratios the past 2 seasons. Despite this he is being overlooked and comes nice and cheap on draft day. Don't underestimate Qualls and his ability to hold the role longer than expected despite the talent behind him in the bullpen like Gregorson and FIelds. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Quack Attack impressed last season and could get a shot to close if Benoit were to get injured or become ineffective. Because Benoit had arm injuries as recently as last season QA is a solid late round flier in all formats and a good target in holds leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Consistently a top 50 RP for the last few seasons. Great for deep leagues of all formats and a decent target for holds leagues. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Still without a job Soriano was a dominant force for several years before becoming ineffective in Washington last season. While there is still a chance he could net some saves this season that window appears to be rapidly shrinking. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Because it's the Oakland A's and you never know. Cook has a solid skill set and will be a good option in holds leagues. If injuries and opportunity were to arise Cook would be a top 15-20 RP if given the chance to close games. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Chavez came out of nowhere (he used to be a bad RP for the Pirates best known for giving up the playoff clinching HR to Braun after getting hammered at a bar in MKE the night before) to be a very useful and effective SP for the A's last season. While he will have to earn his spot in the rotation he should be looking at a possible inning increase that could bump him into SP3 status wi... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Fields is a great late round flier in deep leagues, as he is the most talented member of the Astros bullpen. While Gregorson has been consistently good and Qualls has been good of late neither of them possesses the upside of Fields. If the right dominoes were to fall and Fields were given a chance to close he would likely be a top 20 RP with top 15 upside. He's the closest thing to t... (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
Loup is slated to begin the year as the set up man in Toronto, but could ascend to the closer's chair if Cecil were to succumb to injury or ineffectiveness. Loup could even see some save chances if he lined up well against the opposition in the 9th inning because he is left-handed. (Justin Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 22 days ago)
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