1. Vladimir Guerrero, ANA $37
Welcome to the AL, Vladdy, here's your crown. If healthy, a 40/40 season is still within reach for one of the game's best players, but his steal totals are likely to drop off.
Projection: .328 - 36 - 120 - 113 - 18
2. Carlos Beltran, KC $36
It's a crime that there are people out there who still don't know about Beltran. In 2004, he'll be one of the premier players in the league and a 30/30 season is in his future.
Projection: .308 - 28 - 100 - 108 - 39
3. Manny Ramirez, BOS $32
Fantasy owners don't care if he dogs it down the line, Manny's still one of the best pure hitters in the game. Gotta love that Green Monster.
Projection: .329 - 39 - 110 - 108 - 2
4. Gary Sheffield, NYY $32
Sheffield is going to drive in and score an insane number of runs in pinstripes, you can count on that.
Projection: .310 - 34 - 125 - 120 - 12
5. Vernon Wells, TOR $29
If you don't know Wells' name by now, learn it. He's going to be one of the best outfielders in the league for some time to come.
Projection: .306 - 32 - 108 - 110 - 5
6. Magglio Ordonez, CHW $27
Where'd the power go? Maggs is in a walk year, but Chicago isn't a very good team. He could be traded midseason, keep that in mind.
Projection: .314 - 31 - 106 - 90 - 10
7. Garrett Anderson, ANA $26
Anderson isn't appreciated for the things he does, but draft him early enough and you'll appreciate him. The Angels' middle of the lineup is going to be nasty.
Projection: .317 - 29 - 115 - 89 - 6
8. Ichiro Suzuki, SEA $26
Ichiro could be on the decline, but take your 35 steals and a .310 or better average with a smile. And hey, he could always drop a .350 into the BA category.
Projection: .310 - 9 - 55 - 104 - 35
9. Aubrey Huff, TB $23
What's this? A Devil Ray? Huff had an MVP-caliber season last year and is eligible at first base. Yay. He's definitely on the way up though.
Projection: .310 - 35 - 108 - 90 - 1
10. Carlos Lee, CHW $22
Where did this come from? That huge drop in walks may be cause for concern, but here's a 20/20 candidate if we ever saw one.
Projection: .278 - 28 - 99 - 98 - 17
11. Johnny Damon, BOS $22
One of the few Red Sox not to have a career year in 2003, Damon should bounce back to something closer to his former self.
Projection: .291 - 11 - 65 - 110 - 30
|Stewart: Loves the "Baggydome".|
Stewart absolutely loved hitting in the Metrodome (.367 BA) last year, and now he gets to do it for a full season. Too bad he still won't steal bases (did you know he stole 51 in 1998?).
Projection: .318 - 12 - 70 - 102 - 6
13. Jay Gibbons, BAL $19
Gibbons is one of the primary benefactors of Baltimore's good offseason. More ducks on the pond means more RBI.
Projection: .281 - 25 - 110 - 88 - 0
14. Trot Nixon, BOS $19
Nixon finally broke out of his shell last season, besting his previous career high in BA by 26 points. This might actually be a new level of play for the guy with the funny name.
Projection: .299 - 27 - 90 - 83 - 6
15. Milton Bradley, CLE $18
Injury cut short what was shaping up to be a brilliant season for Bradley. He's healthy now and could carry Cleveland.
Projection: .318 - 18 - 81 - 78 - 25
16. Mark Teixeira, TEX $18
Young and powerful, Teixeira is everything you want in a outfield keeper. He's got the tools to improve on his 2003 campaign this season.
Projection: .280 - 29 - 85 - 75 - 2
17. Dmitri Young, DET $18
Young set a career-high in homeruns last season. Now all he needs is a haircut. Definitely the best Tiger available, could qualify at 3B in some leagues.
Projection: .300 - 27 - 84 - 80 - 3
18. Torii Hunter, MIN $17
What happened to the steals? With 23 swipes, Hunter's great. With six, he's only decent. That average should come back up though.
Projection: .279 - 27 - 100 - 80 - 10
19. Juan Gonzalez, KC $17
Gonzalez needs to make a comeback now if he wants to regain his former status. He was on pace for around 42 homers last year, but injuries cut that short, just like 2002, and 2000...
Projection: .292 - 32 - 110 - 82 - 1
20. Bernie Williams, NYY $16
Another player on the comeback trail. A healthy Williams will contend for the batting title, an unhealthy one will bat eighth in NY.
Projection: .308 - 18 - 98 - 100 - 3
21. Rocco Baldelli, TB $15
Those DiMaggio comparisons seem a bit off so far. Baldelli strikes out way too much, good luck maintaining a .300 average that way.
Projection: .287 - 15 - 81 - 90 - 25
22. Carl Crawford, TB $15
Crawford is a rising star, and he led the league in steals last year. People still don't know who he is, but keep your eye on him.
Projection: .285 - 8 - 59 - 88 - 51
23. Jody Gerut, CLE $14
If Gerut had more games, he might have won the ROY. He might hit the sophomore slump, but someone has to hit in Cleveland, right?
Projection: .270 - 25 - 80 - 72 - 6
24. Raul Ibanez, SEA $13
Now is the time for Ibanez to prove what kind of hitter he is. He could get swallowed up by Safeco, but he might not.
Projection: .290 - 17 - 85 - 88 - 4
25. Alex Sanchez, DET $13
Sanchez is a pretty lousy ballplayer, but who can argue with 50 steals? Too bad he won't do anything else.
Projection: .280 - 1 - 35 - 64 - 45
26. Hideki Matsui, NYY $12
Godzilla showed off very little of the power he was advertised as having in 2003, it should improve somewhat, but he'll never hit 50 in the majors.
Projection: .285 - 19 - 105 - 80 - 3
27. Jose Guillen, ANA $12
Guillen hit .265 after being dealt to Oakland last year. Don't look for a repeat of his Cincinnati numbers and you won't be let down.
Projection: .270 - 15 - 80 - 74 - 2
28. Luis Matos, BAL $11
Matos is something of a sleeper pick. Nobody's heard of him, but he should do well for you next season, and he should come cheap.
Projection: .289 - 16 - 64 - 91 - 18
|Winn: Speed is the best part of Winn's game.|
With 50 steals over the last two seasons, Winn definitely has value. He's a solid, if totally unspectacular, contributor.
Projection: .296 - 10 - 68 - 95 - 24
30. Kenny Lofton, NYY $10
Lofton's no spring chicken these days, but he'll run from the leadoff spot in NY, and score a lot of runs.
Projection: .267 - 9 - 50 - 110 - 25
31. Mark Kotsay, OAK $9
To us, Kotsay defines "average". He's always been tagged as a 20/20 threat, but he's never done it. Could this be the year?
Projection: .290 - 15 - 65 - 78 - 15
32. Jose Cruz, TB $9
Cruz is only three years removed from a 30/30 campaign, but he has just 12 steals in the last two seasons combined. Tampa should get his wheels moving again.
Projection: .255 - 21 - 70 - 77 - 15
33. Rondell White, DET $8
White was an All-Star last season, and he actually might have deserved it with 16 homers at the break. Detroit will sap his power, but he's a decent all-around player when healthy.
Projection: .290 - 14 - 60 - 58 - 2
34. Jermaine Dye, OAK $8
Oakland says he's healthy and ready to go. I guess we have to believe them. But seriously. He hit .172 last year. Be careful. These projections are ONLY if he's healthy enough to play.
Projection: .268 - 18 - 80 - 78 - 0
35. Melvin Mora, BAL $8
Don't be fooled. Mora is still a utility player at heart. He was awful when he returned from injury (.188 after the break) and he only qualifies at OF now.
Projection: .270 - 15 - 70 - 71 - 7
36. Jacque Jones, MIN $8
The power left the park, but he more than doubled his steals total. Jones is everything you'd want in a late-round pick.
Projection: .300 - 17 - 70 - 70 - 10
37. Brian Jordan, TEX $7
Jordan still hit .299 last season, despite undergoing season-ending knee surgery. He'll be back this year and in a better park to boot. Big sleeper pick.
Projection: .288 - 20 - 79 - 70 - 0
38. Tim Salmon, ANA $7
Still serviceable despite being on the wrong end of his career trend, Salmon can still get the job done, and odds are nobody else will realize.
Projection: .270 - 18 - 76 - 70 - 2
39. Matt Stairs, KC $7
Did you know that Stairs hit 20 homers last year in only 305 at bats? Neither did anyone else for the most part. KC is a good hitter's park and Stairs could benefit.
Projection: .260 - 23 - 80 - 51 - 0
40. Kevin Mench, TEX $6
An injury-riddled 2003 leaves Mench as something of an unknown quantity. But he's shown signs of power and the ability to hit for average, so take a look.
Projection: .284 - 16 - 70 - 65 - 1
41. Larry Bigbie, BAL $6
Bigbie did rather well in half a season with Baltimore and has the right tools for future success. Definite sleeper pick here.
Projection: .293 - 15 - 65 - 70 - 10
42. Aaron Guiel, KC $6
Guiel's slugging percentage jumped 151 points from 2002 to 2003, an excellent sign. He's got good pop and won't go for more than $1 in most casual leagues.
Projection: .270 - 18 - 69 - 74 - 2
43. Darin Erstad, ANA $5
Erstad played in just 67 games last season and will move to 1B for 2004. The change should help keep him healthy, which will definitely help his numbers.
Projection: .280 - 11 - 67 - 81 - 7
44. Bobby Kielty, OAK $5
Oakland liked Kielty enough to trade Ted Lilly for him, but it's too bad OBP doesn't count in Fantasy.
Projection: .264 - 14 - 61 - 71 - 5
45. Laynce Nix, TEX $4
Nix might have what it takes to succeed in the majors, but he needs to stop striking out so much.
Projection: .260 - 13 - 60 - 57 - 6
|Johnson: Is a good "sleeper" candidate.|
Johnson is a big sleeper pick for 2004. Take him for $1 late in the drafts and walk away happy.
Projection: .302 - 14 - 74 - 93 - 8
47. Frank Catalanotto, TOR $3
Catalanotto should get you a good average, but he doesn't offer much of anything else. A good, cheap option though.
Projection: .296 - 11 - 57 - 90 - 3
48. Aaron Rowand, CHW $2
Rowand doesn't strike out much, which is good, but he doesn't really do anything else either, which is bad. He's just 26 though, so a breakout year isn't out of the question.
Projection: .278 - 11 - 55 - 60 - 4
49. Bobby Higginson, DET $2
How the mighty have fallen. Higginson would've been in the top 20 of this list four years ago, but he was deplorable last year. He could be a decent sleeper pick, but don't count on it.
Projection: .266 - 13 - 60 - 58 - 8
50. Matt Lawton, CLE $2
Another former top player cast into the bargain bin. Lawton absolutely needs to stay healthy in order to get his career back on track in 2004.
Projection: .258 - 12 - 58 - 60 - 9
51. Ryan Ludwick, CLE $1
Cleveland has high hopes for Ludwick, so he could be a pretty good sleeper, but we're betting his strikeouts catch up to him sooner rather than later.
Projection: .250 - 16 - 67 - 52 - 5
52. Alex Escobar, CLE $1
Escobar isn't guaranteed a spot in the outfield, but he's probably more talented than the likes of Ludwick. He could see some time down the road and he could make good on it.
Projection: .270 - 14 - 40 - 58 - 5
53. Ellis Burks, BOS $1
Burks is a bench option at the moment, but he would slide nicely into the DH slot should someone get hurt. He's still got a potent bat in there.
Projection: .281 - 15 - 60 - 41 - 1
54. Gabe Kapler, BOS, Ruben Sierra, NYY, Damian Rolls, TB, Craig Monroe, DET, Eric Byrnes, OAK, Jeff DaVanon, ANA all $1
None of these guys are going to see playing time unless someone on their team gets hurt (which is quite likely in Byrnes' case). Even in that situation, it's unlikely anyone here would produce numbers you'd like. Stay away.