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Can Kemp follow-up his spectacular 2011 season?
1. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers — Going into 2012, Cabrera was the best fantasy player. Now with Prince Fielder protecting him, he's a no brainer for No.1 overall. He's going to gain 3B eligibility making him even more valuable. Cabrera should get 100-plus runs, 30-plus homers, 115-plus RBI and a .310-plus average. He's going to have a typical monster year.
2. Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers — When Braun was exonerated of his 50-game suspension, his stock skyrocketed. The reigning NL MVP won't miss a beat. Even with Fielder shipped off, he'll still have Aramis Ramirez hitting behind him. Expect another .300-plus average with 30-plus home runs, 20-plus steals and 100 runs.
3. Albert Pujols, 1B, Los Angeles Angeles — Pujols failed to hit .300 or better and drive in 100 or more runs in 2011, but expect him to reach that plateau again this year. Although I have concerns about who will be protecting Pujols (Torii Hunter currently slated to bat fourth), he's still going to mash. Look for Pujols to have 35-plus homers with 100-plus runs and RBI.
4. Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers — Kemp said he wants to become MLB's first 50/50 guy. That's very unlikely, but you have to love his attitude and focus coming into the new year. Kemp is coming off a phenomenal season, but don't expect his average to be that high again. He'll still have his 30/30 season, but his average should be down around .300 in 2012.
5. Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds — Since becoming a full-time starter in 2008, Votto's lowest batting average is .297. He's also an OBP machine. He has posted clips of .424 and .416 in 2010 and 2011 respectively. He's going to be on base a lot for a very solid Reds offense. The former MVP will put up great numbers again.