Let’s diffuse the shock from the get-go.
There are no pitchers on this list.
“But what about Roy…”
“Justin Verlander won…”
Stop. Just stop.
I’ve made a conscious choice to devalue pitchers and that choice is a derivative of my fantasy baseball strategy. You can get great return on pitchers in the later rounds and make up for whatever lost ground you accrue with waiver wire vigilance.
Or at least that’s how I see it.
Since this is my list, my point of view gets to ride shotgun.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, on to the 10 who made the final cut.
Everyone in the top 10 shares one common trait: They did well last year. But this is not a list of the 10 best fantasy players from a year ago.
No sir, this is a list of the 10 players I believe are most likely to finish in the top 20 among fantasy players in 2012.
Why? Because safety counts in the early rounds.
These are the best bets—the guys most likely to give you top-tier value out of a top pick. They are the guys you can build the rest of your team around under the assumption that they will produce.
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