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Dodgers 2012 Fantasy Players To Watch

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Why isn't anyone drafting me?
Why isn't anyone drafting me?

This is a sponsored post regarding fantasy baseball, but probably relevant since there are not one but two True Blue LA leagues (thanks to Josie and fbihop for creating and running those Yahoo leagues by the way). Here is a look at some Dodgers players to watch for fantasy baseball in 2012.

The Obvious: Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw

These two will likely go in the top ten in your drafts, with Kemp providing the power, speed, and durability to make him one of the most highly-coveted players overall. And what's not to like about a 24-year old ace with loads of wins and mid-200s strikeouts?

The Wild Card: Andre Ethier

Ethier has a ton of question marks heading into 2012, but will have every opportunity to put up the numbers this year. If he is fully healthy and regains some semblance of power, Ethier could be a late-round steal, especially batting cleanup behind Kemp.

One-Category Dominance: Dee Gordon

The shortstop, if healthy, will remain a fixture in the lineup all year, likely batting leadoff. If he plays a full season, 60 steals seems like a floor, which is worth a pickup in your fantasy draft. Javy Guerra probably qualifies here too, but the ascension of strikeout artist Kenley Jansen seems inevitable. I would draft Guerra and ride him until the closer job is no longer his.

The Sleeper: Juan Uribe

Does your league count strikeouts and disappointment? Oh, never mind then.

The Keeper: Jerry Sands

Worth a late-round pickup, especially for a keeper league, on the off chance Sands kicks down the door to the everyday left field job. At the very least, Sands is worth a flier for future performance.

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