If you want to be king of your fantasy baseball league, you need to be able to find great value picks within your draft. Here are five guys worth targeting come March:
Salvador Perez, Catcher – Royals
He's rated as low as a $4 pick in auction leagues according to Sporting News, but only because he split time last year and didn't get his call up in '12 until mid-season following his knee surgery. In 289 at-bats, the 22-year-old hit .301 with 11 homers. If he gets a full-season in healthy, he could easily put up All-Star numbers — blasting 20 homers with a .300 average. He has 'sleeper' written all over him.
Wil Myers, Outfielder – Rays (pictured above)
The biggest prospect in all of baseball came over to Tampa in the James Shields trade this past year, and the Rays have to be salivating. Myers, who could be the next Bryce Harper, is a 22-year-old that hit .314-37-104 in the minors last year. He has tremendous potential; just don't reach too far for him — something some owners will do.
Chase Headley, Third Base – Padres
Some might expect the price is already right for Chase Headley, who is coming off a terrific year in 2012 in which he led the NL in RBIs. However, what people won't take into mind is that Headley had one of the best second halves in all of baseball, smashing a line of .308-23-73, again…in just the last half of the season. The fences are also being moved in at PETCO, and with Headley in his prime age of 28, no owner should let him fall too far in the draft.
Emilio Bonifacio, Outfield – Blue Jays
Oh, Bonifacio…if you could only stay healthy! If you owned Emilio like I did last year, you were heartbroken. When he did play, he was a monster provider of speed and hits. In just 64 games in 2012, Bonifacio stole 30 bags and went on small hit streaks that landed him a .260 average. However, ailments — one after the other — kept im off the field for most of the season. If Bonifacio finds the playing time in Toronto and can put in a full season, he could swipe 60-70 bases and hit close to .290 — similar to the same average he produced in 2011.
Paul Konerko, First Base – White Sox
Another guy that could be seen priced just right — around $21 in auction leagues and the middle rounds of standard drafts — however, he's still on pace to hit more than 500 homers in his career and end up as a Hall of Famer. Konerko had a terrific first half in 2012 but faded down the stretch because he was playing hurt. He still ended the season with 24 HRs and a .293 average. If his wrists are healthy, 'Paulie' won't be showing signs of slowed bat-speed yet.
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