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Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Designated hitters

Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Designated hitters

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1 Vladimir Guerrero, DH, Texas Rangers
2 Hideki Matsui, DH, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
3 David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox
4 Jack Cust, OF, Oakland Athletics
5 Travis Hafner, DH, Cleveland Indians
6 Jim Thome, DH, Minnesota Twins
7 Ken Griffey Jr., DH, Seattle Mariners
8 Andruw Jones, OF, Chicago White Sox

Vladimir Guerrero, DH, Texas Rangers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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A cleanup spot in a hitter-friendly park as a DH equals Vladimir Guerrero's roto paradise. A 20-homer season remains in play; reports say he still has bat speed. Roster inflexibility and his injury history will let Guerrero drop; don't overpursue.


Hideki Matsui, DH, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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It's easy to peg Hideki Matsui's power resurrection on the new Yankee Stadium. That's the lazy way out: He hit more out on the road. Though Matsui, 35, wants to play outfield, if needed, and his knees hold up, Godzilla only has to hit. He's a pro at that. If you can deal with his UTIL-only status, grab him late or at a low-risk price.


David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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David Ortiz's bad press and poor start were swept under the rug with a better second half (.258-16-52). That shouldn't hide the holes in his swing that reared their ugly heads one year after wrist surgery. His bat speed and HR/FB are dwindling, and he lost his first base eligibility. He'll still have some semblance of power, though, so if you can deal with the inflexibility he provides, he could be an OK power value if he falls.


Jack Cust, OF, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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The poor man's Adam Dunn saw flyball growth, which negated Jack Cust's dwindling HR/FB. Oakland acquired ample pieces to give him competition or relegate him to platoonhood. He's roster filler in deep mixed. AL owners should spend a little more for his power, but cautiously keep aware of his playing time.


Travis Hafner, DH, Cleveland Indians
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Rebounds in batting eye and flyballs hint at Travis Hafner's pre-2008 value. But how much upside can you really expect in his age-33 season, even if he proves to be somewhat healthy? You're paying for maybe 20 homers, a hopefully .270 average and moderate gains or neutral affect in most other candidates. You shouldn't spend much for a roster-clogging commodity that could be post-draft material in deep mixed; AL-only drafters should avoid relying on him unless his price is clearance rate.


Jim Thome, DH, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Jim Thome saw his batting eye drop for the fourth straight season, and his flyball percentage tanked again. Age is showing. Keeping him relevant is his potential to play often against righty hurlers. Ample injury and performance risk in Minny's outfield/DH group. No roto roster flexibility, but could be an occasional mixed matchup play for an end-game selection.


Ken Griffey Jr., DH, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Ken Griffey Jr. had bone spur removed from his left knee. As if you needed more reason to be concerned about him. On his farewell tour, he can't be counted on for full-time duty, even as DH. Probably won't face all lefties. If he's on your AL bench, that's OK, as long as you plan for the lack of positional eligibility.


Andruw Jones, OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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The White Sox hope Andruw Jones can recapture life in part-time duty as a DH in another favorable ambience. Jones' aerial spike signals something similar to '09. He shouldn't be drafted in mixed leagues but could round out an AL squad.