How about just a liiiiittle home cookin' for the first of the top 10?
Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price was born and raised in the same small Tennessee as me, but that connection has still never led to me having him on one of my fantasy teams.
It's not because he's not good enough, though. He's just too expensive.
In 2010, Price earned a 2.72 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 196 strikeouts and 19 wins, good for second place in the AL Cy Young voting.
While 2011 has been less than an exciting sequel to that campaign, his current peripheral stats far exceed those of last year—1.14 WHIP, 8.73 K/9 compared to 8.11 K/9 and 2.14 BB/9 compared to 3.41 BB/9.
Price has been worse this season primarily because of his inability to keep the ball in the park. In 2010, it was 13.91 innings per home run, while in 2011, it has been 8.87, far worse.
As he gets older and gains more experience, this will become less of a problem.
By 2015, Price will only be 29 years old and will still sport tremendous peripherals, while also keeping his home run total low. This will keep his ERA small and win-loss record strong.
The sky's the limit if Price is playing for a stronger offensive team by then.