Fantasy Baseball Preview: Don't Forget about Cristian Guzman

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IFebruary 27, 2010

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 06:  Cristian Guzman #15 of the Washington Nationals celebrates in the dugout after scoring against the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park on August 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Nationals defeated the Marlins 12-8.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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It’s easy to overlook Guzman. After all, he could play shortstop for the Nationals this year, or if they feel Ian Desmond is ready, he could play second base.

Besides, he’s never scored 90 runs in a season, has little to no power, and is a far cry from the player who stole 53 bases in 2000 and 2001 for the Twins.

That doesn’t mean that Guzman doesn’t hold any fantasy value this year. After a horrific debut with the Nationals in 2005 that saw him bat just .219, Guzman has been solid for Washington hitting .305 with 182 runs, 17 HRs, 121 RBI, and 12 SBs in 1,284 ABs. 

While those aren’t great numbers, they aren’t bad bench numbers. If he gains 2B eligibility, his value is even greater. At 32 (in March), he isn’t going to wow you with a breakout year, but he is a reliable source to bolster your average late in the draft. 

Prediction:  .305, 70 runs, 7 HRs, 55 RBI, 5 SBs

Past profiles :
Arizona Diamondbacks:  Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves:  Yunel Escobar
Baltimore Orioles:  Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox:  Clay Buchholz
Chicago Cubs:  Geovany Soto
Chicago White Sox:  Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds:  Joey Votto  
Cleveland Indians:  Grady Sizemore
Colorado Rockies:  Ubaldo Jimenez
Detroit Tigers:  Miguel Cabrera
Florida Marlins:  Cameron Maybin
Houston Astros:  Lance Berkman
Kansas City Royals:  Billy Butler
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Howie Kendrick
Los Angeles Dodgers:  James Loney
Milwaukee Brewers:  Corey Hart
Minnesota Twins:  Joe Nathan
New York Mets:  Jason Bay
New York Yankees:  Robinson Cano
Oakland A’s:  Kevin Kouzmanoff
Philadelphia Phillies:  Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates:  Octavio Dotel
San Diego Padres:  Everth Cabrera
San Francisco Giants:  Barry Zito
Seattle Mariners:  Franklin Gutierrez
St. Louis Cardinals:  Colby Rasmus
Tampa Bay Rays:  David Price
Texas Rangers:  Chris Davis
Toronto Blue Jays:  Brett Wallace

Originally published at LestersLegends.com .

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