Jeff Francoeur KC
After 2011 everyone was ready to proclaim Frenchy a “rebound” in 2012, hitting .285 with 20 Home Runs and 22 steals in 2011. Well, 2012 Jeff
Francoeur looked a lot more like the 2010 version only hitting .235
with 16 Home runs and only four steals. Still a favorite of the Royals
Front Office, Francouer is only a AL-only filer for a source of power.
Johnny Gomes BOS
A Pure platoon player who has a thirst for left handed pitching will be the leading candidate for the Red Sox Left Field Job. Fenway Park suits to his pull power with am .894 Career OPS versus southpaws. He could serve as a mixed-league fill in on days Gomes faces lefties but as a AL-only power play he figures to hit at least .260 having done this three of the last four years.
Carlos Gonzalez COL
The Colorado Rockies Outfielder continues to be an elite fantasy option going 20/20 each of the last three seasons while batting .295 or above during that span. Scary part is he is just now entering his prime. The home/road splits continue to show him to be better hitter playing at home. “CarGo” is a Top tier Outfield fantasy option.
Franklin Gutierrez SEA The Seattle Mariners and Gutierrez chalked 2012 up to bad luck, as major injuries left and right derailed any chance of positiveÂ progress. He has a chance to start the year as the everyday Center fielder. In 2010 Gutierrez posted 14 home runs and 25 steals and in drafting him late in AL-only leagues you will gladly take that production.
Garret Jones PIT
At 31-years-old Jones looks to improve on a solid 2012 campaign. Last
season, in a platoon role, Jones had his best season since his 2009 breakout. Posting highs in Home runs (27) and runs (68) scored to go with a healthy average of .274. Expect some regression back to his 2010-2011 years where in that span, he averaged 18 home runs and a .245 batting average. NL-Only Power play.
Matt Joyce TAM
Will the real Matt Joyce please stand up? The 2011 All Star had started the last two seasons hot only to fall off the earth after two months. Last year, Joyce hit the DL and was never the same hitting .241. Could be a smart move to draft him and when he gets hot, sell high.
Juan Pierre MIA
Back in Miami where it began years all those years ago, Juan Pierre is
a slap hitter who will steal 30 or more bases this season. The .300 average from a year ago may not duplicate but he still should bat for a respectable high average.
Martin Prado ARI
The new third baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks remains an under-the-radar, versatile option in fantasy baseball. Prado stole 17 bases in 2012 being caught only four times. If he keeps the .300 average and maintains the same SB conversion rate, a 20 steal season with double-digit home run total is a strong possibility.
Carlos Quentin SD
The move to Petco hurt Quentin’s power a bit, as expected. If healthy in 2013 the added 175 At-bats could push his home run total to 30. Carlos Quentin is never going to help in the average department as last year’s .261 figures to be once in a lifetime thing.
Ben Revere PHI
The former Minnesota Twins Outfielder has no power to bring to the table. However,Revere hits for a solid average hitting .294 inÂ 2012. The better but aging lineup of the Phillies should boost his runs scored.Revere, already one of the game’s prime basestealers, averaging 37 steals the last two seasons, figures to hit atop the Phillies’ Lineup starting Opening Day.
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