Let this one thing be clear before you begin: this is a list of Most VALUABLE Player candidates, not most outstanding players, so Miguel Cabrera will not be listed. Justin Verlander will not be listed.
With that being clear, it is often said one cannot win their league with a first round pick but one can lose it. If you drafted former Long Beach State Dirtbags Evan Longoria or Troy Tulowitzki early in your 2012 draft, you know what that means.
The players listed here have outperformed all expectations and the draft positions they cost to acquire. These are the players who win leagues because their owners were able to grab studs early and acquire these emergent studs later on, leaving their teams stacked. They are the most valuable players of 2012.