2012 MLB Fantasy Baseball: Why Drew Stubbs Could Be Your Steal of Your Draft

Tim DanielContributor IIIMarch 4, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 10: Drew Stubbs #6 of the Cincinnati Reds heads to first base against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Colorado beat Cincinnati 12-7.  (Photo by Jack Dempsey/Getty Images)
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Once again, I'm starting the Drew Stubbs bandwagon.

A bandwagon I start each of the past two seasons saying that this is going to be his breakout year, and that he's going to show he truly can be a great baseball player. I know that stats are truly fighting me on this one, but trust me, this man could be your big time steal in your Fantasy Baseball Draft.

Last year was a rough year for the Cincinnati Reds center fielder. With a .243/15/44 this was a major setback from 2010s .255/22/77, but never fear because Stubbs is what we call low risk-high reward.

According to USA Today's Fantasy Baseball 2012 guidebook Stubbs was selected as the 78th overall player in the top 200. Also, Stubbs is listed as a tier 3 outfielder where he sits at No. 25 amongst OF. In most leagues where you start five outfielders, this is a great late round pick up.

Well if you play in an Auction League Stubbs value again according to USA Today is at just $14. After you spend your $37 on Matt Kemp and $23 on Justin Upton, you may need a guy with a little less money value.

Stubbs is coming into the 2012 campaign once again as "The Guy" for the Reds Center Field spot, and is looking more than likely to be a No. 6 or No. 7 hitter in the lineup. Stubbs has shown many times he is much more comfortable hitting later in the lineup and his numbers definitely outshine his times as the leadoff hitter.

Also to take in is Stubbs speed, this guy last year had a career-high 40 stolen bases and scored 92 runs.

If you play in a league where fielding is scored, Stubbs had eight OF assists last season and two that lead to double plays.

In the two spring training sames so far, Drew has shown a more aggressive approach to his at bats, with three hits in five at-bats, three RBIs and two runs scored. Granted it's two games, and it's only spring, but these are signs worth noticing.

So, if you are in the eighth round and need an outfielder, take a chance on Drew Stubbs.


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