Fantasy championships are won at the end of your draft and via free agency.
Since the season hasn't started and waiver-wire all-stars don't exist yet, we're going to concentrate on the first part.
While getting a Mike Trout or Miguel Cabrera on your team certainly doesn't hurt, simply landing a player in the later rounds you don't end up dropping by May is incredibly beneficial.
Let's take a look at whom to target as your fellow draftees get more and more inebriated.
Note: All fantasy baseball rankings and average draft positions are found here.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, Seattle Mariners
Seattle is usually where hitters go to, well, stop hitting, and that's a major reason why Morales, on average, is being drafted No. 152 overall.
But don't immediately dismiss the 29-year-old. The Mariners have moved the fences in at Safeco Field, and Morales will likely be hitting cleanup in a lineup that has added significantly more pop.
He hit .273 last year with 22 home runs and 73 RBI, and while he's not exactly at a point in his career where a huge increase in production is likely, he has the power and situation to outplay his ranking at first base.
The same goes for the Mariners' Michael Morse (ADP of 166.39), who is absolutely raking this spring. I love me some close fences!
Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles
First and foremost, Markakis is healthy (enough), via MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko:
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#orioles lineup vs. NY: Markakis RF Roberts 2B Jones CF Wieters C Davis 1B Hardy DH McLouth LF Machado 3B Casilla SS. Jurjens RHP3/27/2013, 6:19:46 PM
So, no need to worry about that pesky herniated disk or surgically repaired thumb.
In addition to the health concerns, many will point to Markakis' lack of power (he has failed to hit the 20-homer mark in the past four seasons) as a reason for his ADP being all the way down to 191.53.
I say boo-hawkee.
Last year, Markakis slugged .471, which was more than 60 points higher than his 2011 mark and best since 2008, when he hit 20 out of the park. Don't be scared away by the 13 home runs—he played in just 104 games.
Moreover, he won't hurt your average—he's a career .295 hitter who has never swayed more than 11 points away from that. He'll score some runs, drive in some runs and will always make good contact.
The 29-year-old right fielder doesn't have a high ceiling, but at this late in your draft, you're getting terrific production and essentially no risk.
Wil Myers, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
The first two options were low risk-low reward players, but it's important not to play it too safe in the final rounds. Hitting a home run at the end of your draft almost instantly guarantees a competitive season.
Look no further than Wil Myers.
The No. 4 prospect in baseball will begin the regular season in the minors, and as a result, he isn't being drafted until pick No. 227.03 on average.
But Myers is dangerously talented. He has the ability to hit for both average and power, as evidenced last year when he compiled an average of .314 and crushed 37 homers across Double- and Triple-A. During that span, he slugged .554 and had an OPS of .932.
Myers has nothing left to prove at the minor league level, and it won't be long before he's terrorizing major league pitchers.
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