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2012 Fantasy Baseball Undervalued SS

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The following is a list of players that we think are undervalued in 5x5 standard leagues based on their ADP (courtesy of MockDraftCentral).

These are the players we would target on draft day. We try to show players that will go early, middle, and late to give you the most flexibility when picking at this position. We also indicate at which pick you should start thinking about picking the player.

Troy Tulowitzki, Hanley Ramirez (Rounds 1 and 2) - While these 2 players are not undervalued, we feel the need to stress that they are NOT overvalued either. Tulo makes a great 1st round pick and we couldn't fault anybody for taking him as high as the #1 pick. Hanley should fall comfortably into the 2nd round this year, but a bounce back could make him the top fantasy player for 2012. He could be the Matt Kemp of 2012. Other than Tulo and Hanley, there isn't really any other SS that is worth taking in the first 40 picks (sorry Jose Reyes).

Alexei Ramirez (mid-late rounds, 140+)- Ramirez is a strange case. His ABs have gone up each of the last 4 years, but his stat line has gotten progressively worse. Last year his xBA was .293, well below his actual average of .268, so we can expect a little bit of a bounce back that should help his RBI/Run production. He's past the stage where we can expect a major breakthrough, but he should perform better than his ADP. Currently, it stands around 155 despite the fact he was the 117th most valuable fantasy player last year. Why such a drop? We don't know, but he should be a solid option if you can get him around pick 140+.

Emilio Bonifacio (mid-late rounds, 155+) - Bonifacio broke out last year and ended up the 99th most valuable fantasy player. He's only 26 and there isn't any reason not to think that he's solidified his position in the Marlins lineup. His multi-position versatility alone will get him ABs and provide you extra value in your fantasy league. While our current ranking of 81 might be amibitious, he could see a little regression in 2012 and still provide good value since he's going around 170 in mock drafts right now. Don't bank on a repeat of 2011, but snagging him around pick 155 should be a value gain for your fantasy team.


Dee Gordon (mid-late rounds, 140+) - Will Dee Gordon hit a HR in 2012? Who cares because he's going to steal 50 bags for you. While his upside is limited by his lack of power, the speed is very encouraging from a scarce position, especially when he could still be available around pick 140 (nearly 40 spots lower than his true value). If you've drafted a bunch of bombers with your first 10-12 picks then consider balancing your lineup with Gordon.

Cliff Pennington (late rounds, 280+) - Any SS with the potential for a 10/20 season has some value when he is going around pick 290 in mock drafts. This guy stole 29 bases in 2010 and has remained healthy for the last 2 years. He won't be the first name you look for when checking the box scores, but you could do a lot worse than Pennington when picking a shortstop late in your fantasy draft. Remember, he's only 27 so he's reaching the apex of his aging curve and a career year could provide top 150 value for cheap. Just don't draft too many A's.

Late Round Flyers

Zach Cozart (CIN) - Cozart had Tommy John surgery in August, but says he is healthy to start the season. He's got a little bit of power and a little bit of speed. He hit .310 in his injury shortened minor league season last year, but hit 17 HRs and stole 30 bases in 2010. At 26, he's not going to be a superstar, but the potential is there for a 15/15 season. He's going around pick 370 in mock drafts, so at least a few people out there see his potential.

Mike Aviles (BOS) - If we had a crystal ball and it told us that Aviles was going to get 500+ ABs this year for the Red Sox, he becomes a guy to target late in your draft. The reality is that the Fantasy Zero known as Nick Punto will probably eat into his playing time and Aviles will only get 400 ABs max. If he was a lock he wouldn't be considered a flyer. Keep a pulse on Aviles during spring training and bid accordingly.

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