With the Fantasy season about to start, here is a preview of a handful of hitters to watch in early 2009.
Corey Hart (MIL – OF): Granted, he is already considered one of the best fantasy outfielders to own due to his 20HR and 20SB thread, I think this year Hart will push things to another level. He has been absolutely CRUSHING the ball this spring hitting 7 home runs. The predictions this year call for Hart to be another 20/20 man, but this author feels like Hart will bump his HR production up, and though his spot in the order will greatly effect his RBI, he is certain to remain a huge source of production for your fantasy team.
Felipe Lopez (ARI – 2B): Lopez moves to Arizona and will finally have a full time role again after limited duty in both Washington and St. Louis. He returns to the lead off spot in the order, which should make him a great candidate for a bundle of runs scored. In the offseason Lopez has mentioned his desire to return to the 20+ steal level on the base paths which would be a huge boost in his fantasy value. Lopez has the potential to be a 20/20 hitter, and with his eligibility at several positions in most leagues should make him a very worthwhile late round pick.
Todd Helton (COL – 1B): Coming off back surgery, no one suspected Helton to be doing what he has this spring; dominating. Carry an average around .500, Helton not only has refound his stroke at the plate, but also his power which has been in steady decline the past few seasons. If he keeps this up, there is no reason to believe he won’t get back to 20+ HRs in hitter friendly Colorado. He is worth a gamble in the late rounds, but keep an eye on him in case this is all too goo to be true.
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