Fantasy Baseball 2012: Jose Reyes and Faces Who'll Star in New Places

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IMarch 23, 2012

When building your fantasy baseball cheat sheet ahead of your league's draft, make sure you are aware of players who are in new places this season.

Sometimes a change of scenery is all it takes to help certain players drastically improve their stats from one year to the next.

Let's look at three players who should be stars with their new teams in 2012.

Jose Reyes, SS, Miami Marlins

The new-look Miami Marlins are going all-in this season.

They will play in a new stadium, they have a new logo, jersey and hat. They have also spent a ton of money on free agents to improve their roster.

One of the players they brought in was former New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes.

When healthy, Reyes is one of the most exciting players in the game, and really gives opposing teams trouble with his elite speed.

The 28-year-old set career highs in batting average, slugging and on-base percentage in 126 games last season.

Reyes still has great speed and is capable of batting well over .300 for the fourth time in his career.

Don't be afraid to make Reyes the first shortstop you take in your fantasy draft.

Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Philadelphia Phillies

Don't let the epic September collapse of the Boston Red Sox last season damage your grade of Jonathan Papelbon, he is still an elite closer.

Papelbon has six straight seasons of at least 30 saves, and had the second best WHIP of his career last season.

Against weaker National League lineups compared to the ones he regularly faced in the American League, there's no reason why Papelbon cannot have a stellar year for the Phillies in 2012.

Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers

Prince Fielder left the Milwaukee Brewers to join the Detroit Tigers this winter for a ton of cash, and is certain to have another fine offensive season.

Fielder has hit 30 or more home runs in five of his six full MLB seasons, and should hit over 30 again as part of a very talented Tigers lineup.

When star third baseman Miguel Cabrera returns from injury, he and Fielder could become the best 1-2 punch in all of baseball.

While Fielder likely won't be much help to your fantasy team in terms of batting average, his high runs total as well as enormous RBI numbers make him someone worth drafting in the early rounds.

 

Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report, follow him on Twitter.

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