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Jonathan Broxton KC | RP

I kind of understand why people are skeptical about Broxton, but at this point I thought there would be more believers. He has had 2 terrible years in a row after being one of the best closers in the game in ’09, but he is off to a great start so far this year. He has converted all but 1 of his save opportunities, and his ERA is well under 2. He looks to be potentially the Broxton of old, and I think it’s time to start trusting him again. (about 65% owned)

Allen Craig STL | 2B/OF

Craig only had 200 at bats last year, and if you triple his numbers to resemble a full seasons of at bats than he would have been the best second basemen in the league. He was slowed this year by a knee injury, but he is healthy now and should be owned in all leagues. I think he is a lock to be a top 10 second basemen from here on out, and I think he has the potential of being in the top 3. (about 40% owned)

Drew Smyly DET | SP

Smyly just continues to impress and get things done for the Tigers. He has over a K per inning so far this year, and a sub 2 ERA. The 22 year old second round pick from 2010 is worth a look in pretty much all leagues at this point, and I am excited about his potential this year. He plays for a great team so the run support should be there, and I think his K counts should be there as well. (about 30% owned)

Alejandro De Aza CWS | OF

I was a little surprised to see that De Aza was still available in about 40% of leagues. He has a huge upside, and has the potential to be a 20/20 guy. I don’t think a lot of people trusted him this year because he had a really high average for balls in play in 2011. While he did get a little lucky last year I still think he has a huge upside. (about 60% owned)


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Rafael Dolis CHC | RP

The young right hander from the Dominican Republic has been given a huge opportunity by the Cubs. They have announced him as the closer, and at this point it appears to be his job to lose. Marmol has been awful and unless Dolis slips up I don’t think he is going to get his job back anytime soon. The only thing that scare me about Dolis is his K counts, only 5 Ks in over 19 innings of work so far. Those are not the type of numbers that you want to see our of your closer, but at this point I think he is worth a gamble. (about 30% owned)

Addison Reed CWS | RP

It doesn’t sound like the White Sox are that worried about Chris Sale’s elbow, but I think Reed is worth an add just in case. Reed has been the best pitcher so far this year for Chicago’s bullpen, and at this point I would think he would be next in line if Sale misses any time. There is always the chance that they will give the job to Thornton, but my money would be on Reed. (about 30% owned)

Jed Lowrie HOU | 3B/SS

We liked Lowrie coming into the year and we were excited to see what he could do with a full season of at bats. After somewhat of a slow start he has been able to raise his average to over .300, and at this point I think he should be owned in more leagues. He has potential to have a lot of extra base hits, and his dual position eligibility at third and shortstop is a huge bonus. (about 50% owned)

Pedro Alvarez PIT | 3B

After an impressive rookie year Alvarez let a lot of fantasy owners down last year. However, he has made some noise so far this year with his power, he has already eclipsed last years home run totals. Alvarez is still young and could offer a lot of value moving forward, don’t expect a great batting average but the power should be there. (about 50% owned)

Ernesto Frieri LAA | RP

I know Downs is off to a solid start so far this year, but I am not totally trusting him as the guy the Angels pick as their closer. Frieri has way better stuff, and his K totals are insane. So far this year he has 24 strikeouts in a little over 14 innings of work. I don’t think he will move into the role in the near future, but if Downs struggles at all I think Frieri might get a chance to close some games. (about 20% owned)

James McDonald PIT | SP

McDonald has had some impressive stretches during his career, and he is currently on one of his hot streaks. In his last 21 innings pitched he has 25 strikeouts and has only given up 5 earned runs during that stretch. He has electric stuff, and when he is on he is a tough guy to score on. I think McDonald will be inconsistent, but in deeper leagues he is worth a gamble just in case he keeps this pace up. (about 20% owned)

Chris Johnson HOU | 3B

Johnson has shown flashes in his career of potentially being a top 10 fantasy third baseman, and I think this year he could do just that. He has proven that he can bat for average, and I think he has 20 home run potential. If you need help at third then I think Johnson is well worth an add. (about 30% owned)

Dale Thayer SD | RP

With Street banged up this could open the door for Thayer to get a few save opportunities. Street was playing great and should go right back into the closer role, but he could be out for a few weeks. Thayer doesn’t have much long term value, but he has yet to give up an earned run and could offer decent value over the next few weeks. (about 15% owned)

Jeff Samardzija CHC | SP

Samardzija has had his ups and downs during his big league career, but he has been solid since the start of last year. He was pitched well last year for the Cubs out of the bullpen, and he is 4-1 as a starter so far for them this year. I am not expecting huge things from him this year, but I think he could be around 15 wins an ERA around 3 and solid K totals. (about 50% owned)

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Tony Campana CHC | OF

Campana has the potential to lead the league in stolen bases, and if you need help with speed then he is your guy. He already has 7 bags this year, and last year he stole 24 bases with only 143 at bats. The young speedster isn’t going to do much more than steal bases, but he does have the potential to bat for a decent average as well. (about 15% owned)