When Baseball Professor crowns its 2010 fantasy league champion, I guarantee it won’t be because of Hanley Ramirez, Albert Pujols, or Alex Rodriguez.
Don’t get me wrong.
Each of those players will play crucial roles and be nearly irreplaceable to whoever owns them, but—barring injury to your superstars—fantasy leagues are won and lost with mid-round picks.
In 2005, Derrek Lee erupted for 120 runs, a .335 average, 46 HR, 107 RBI, and even 15 SB.
I got him in the 12th round.
That same season, Bartolo Colon went 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and picked up a nice piece of hardware.
I got him in the 14th round.
Care to guess how my team did? I easily won the regular season, finishing over 30 games ahead of the second-place team.
Of course, my team collapsed in the playoffs. The entire year was as meaningless as the Patriots’ 16-0 season, but I think my point has been made.
Here are some players whose underlying stats indicate a valuable 2010 season may be just around the corner.
And no, despite the picture, Ben Zobrist isn't one of them. I just didn't want to give it away!
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