In approximately six weeks, pitchers and catchers will report to spring training. This means that for all of you planning on playing fantasy baseball this coming season, the time to start scouting for your eventual draft is now. From your first-round pick to that sleeper you're convinced will have a breakout year, this is the time to look at every team and see which players could put your team over the top.
As a veteran manager in the world of fantasy baseball, I can tell you all with a straight face that some of your team's best players will not be found in the first couple of rounds, but in the middle ones. I remember in a draft I participated in last year, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels (pictured) was not taken until the fourth round.
Sure enough, Hamels proved to be a great pitching option as his record was a modest 14-9, but his 2.79 ERA and 0.99 WHIP made him one of the best steals, or "values," of the 2011 fantasy season.
Hamels is just one great value who could be available come draft time. Seeing as how I've been giving you loyal readers some fantasy advice for the past couple of weeks now, here are the top 25 value players to keep an eye on in your upcoming draft.