Padres Top Ranked Fantasy Baseball Player Is…

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With the start of the MLB season comes the start of Fantasy Baseball, and drafts for these leagues are right around the corner. A cardinal rule in Fantasy Sports is not be blinded by players and teams you like; at the same time it is more fun to pick players you are cheering for and fantasy baseball does allow you a little more luxury than fantasy football to pick some homer player. Who on the Padres should you pick?

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Looking at a list from CBSSports.com gives you an idea of where some Padres might end up this season. Following his strong second half, Matt Kemp comes in as the first Padre on both men’s list. For Scott White, Kemp comes in at #95 just behind Kenley Janssen and in front of Jacoby Ellsbury. For Al Melchlor, he expects even more of Kemp putting him at his #51st overall slot behind Adrian Beltre and two ahead of Ryan Braun. Not bad there.

Next for White is Tyson Ross at #102 who gets a spot ahead of Shelby Miller of now Arizona. James Shields White expects for a rebound as he gets the #115 slot but only the 167th spot on Melchlor’s list.

Another polarizing player on the Padres is Yangervis Solarte. He is ranked at just #231 on White’s list while scores up at 150 on Melchlor’s list. I think Solarte could be a good play for teams this season, as he is still likely to have multi-position eligibility and could be a consistent source of OBP if not some power. I picked him up in my league early last year and was pleasantly rewarded with his hitting, occasional power and run producing season as well as being able to move him around my lineup to fill injuries.

New Padre Fernando Rodney made White’s list at #253 obviously assuming he could a sleeper closing candidate, and Wil Myers made both men’s lists as well. He too might be a good steal for those who play with Fielding Percentage, as he is likely to have outfield and 1B eligibility but as a first baseman should be able to rack up a high Fielding Percentage.

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Drew Pomeranz snuck in on Melchlor’s list at #277 right behind Andrew Cashner on his list, and catcher Derek Norris was on White’s list but not Melchlor’s. My sleeper pick for this season would have to be Cory Spangenberg. Second baseman are hard to find after a few top players and Spangenberg will hopefully also provide some steals in lieu of much power.

In the end, predictions are only that until the season starts. If you are drafting your Fantasy Baseball team this year, who is your sleeper Padre pick?

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