Any casual fantasy baseball player can rattle off the names of the surefire first and second round picks. These guys are household names that, health permitting, will almost certainly produce big time stats.
But fantasy championships are not won during the first few rounds of any draft. Instead it is the value owners can get later in the draft that can prove to be the difference between disappointment and glory.
Every year players come out of nowhere and lead fantasy teams in ways no owner could have imagined. In 2010 Jose Bautista was off everybody's radar until he mashed 54 homeruns in Toronto. Meanwhile Paul Konerko was left for dead by most owners but had a renaissance season with 39 HR and 111 RBI.
The key in fantasy is to try and figure out who these surprise stars will be and get great value at a discounted price. The price could be down because they are yet to emerge, coming off an injury riddled campaign, or simply due to an uncharacteristic down year in 2010.
These players are ones you should consider reaching a round early in draft formats or going the extra dollar in any auction leagues.
Without further delay here are the top ten under the radar fantasy stars that could lead your team to a 2011 championship.