Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Studs to Anchor Your Team in 2012

Avi Wolfman-Arent@@awolfmancomethCorrespondent IIFebruary 14, 2012

Let’s diffuse the shock from the get-go.

There are no pitchers on this list.

“But what about Roy…”

No.

“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.

If you like what you see, click here for more from Bleacher Report Productions. 

Related

    Report: A-Rod to Work with Both ESPN and Fox

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Report: A-Rod to Work with Both ESPN and Fox

    Timothy Rapp
    via Bleacher Report

    Report: Cubs in 'Active Talks' for Darvish

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Report: Cubs in 'Active Talks' for Darvish

    Tim Daniels
    via Bleacher Report

    Ranking Every Team's Lineup Before Spring Training

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Ranking Every Team's Lineup Before Spring Training

    Joel Reuter
    via Bleacher Report

    LA Can Replace Darvish with Flamethrowing Prospect

    MLB logo
    MLB

    LA Can Replace Darvish with Flamethrowing Prospect

    Jacob Shafer
    via Bleacher Report