My league back in 2011... paint skillz for days!!!
My league back in 2011… paint skillz for days!!!

Hey, all!!! With baseball season in the near horizon, my friends over at FanDuel.com sent over some fantasy baseball advice to help you guys draft great talent outside that first round. I loooovvveee fantasy baseball and highly recommend playing if you’re a fan or someone looking to learn more about the sport- it definitely helps you learn all the players and get excited about teams you don’t normally follow. Now my only word of fantasy advice is to draft Derek Jeter, so let’s bring in an expert, James Tashman:

There are a lot of people preparing for their Fantasy Baseball Draft this month, and having success comes down to studying up on more than just the top players. Everyone knows about the Mike Trouts and the Miguel Cabreras of the world, but what about all-around talented players who are not first-rounders? Here is a look at some nice options to pick from.

Adam Jones 

Picture from Wikipedia
Picture from Wikipedia

There are quite a few people who overlook Adam Jones, simply because he is a tier below the top outfielders in the game. The fact of the matter is, he is the heart and soul of the Baltimore Orioles. Not only does he contribute in nearly every fantasy baseball category, but he is a durable Gold Glove caliber outfielder. He has been a consistent performer these last three years, so counting on him for a fourth solid year in a row is a good idea in the 2nd or 3rd round.

Ian Desmond

Image from US Presswire.
Image from US Presswire.

The Washington Nationals have plenty of star power, but one of their most well-rounded players is shortstop Ian Desmond. He is in his prime at 28 years of age, and he has quietly put together back-to-back 20 home run/20 stolen base seasons. During that stretch, he has also hit just below .290. Not bad for a guy many thought would be just a speed and defense player at the MLB level.

Justin Upton

Picture from AP
Picture from AP

A few weeks into the 2013 regular season, Upton looked like an MVP candidate. By the end of the year, he was considered a disappointment. Expect a lot more consistency from him in 2014, as he has the tools to do a little bit of everything. He is a career .275 hitter who can hit for power and steal double-digit bases. At 26 years of age, he could be ready for his best season. Not bad for a guy slipping to the fourth round in fantasy baseball.

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