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Chase D’Arnaud 
|Debut: 2011 | BirthDate: 1/21/1987 | Team: Pirates | Position: 3B/SS|
Profile: D’Arnaud is a high-percentage base thief and bears a passing resemblance to a young George Clooney, so he’s got that going for him. But alas, his bat is more Men Who Stare at Goats-worthy than Ocean’s Eleven-caliber. He’ll see meaningful playing time only if he can pull an inside job and lock Clint Barmes in a clubhouse stall. (David Golebiewski)
Johnny Damon 
|Debut: 1995 | BirthDate: 11/5/1973 | Position: DH|
Profile: Damon posted his lowest wOBA (.328) in 14 seasons last year, but he was still a solid depth fantasy player by clubbing 16 homers to go with his 19 steals and a .261 average. His walk rate (7.9%) dropped big time after five straight years in double digits, so he wasn’t as valuable as usual in OBP leagues, but Damon plays every single day (600+ plate appearances in 14 straight seasons) and helps in all categories. He’s more of third outfielder on most fantasy rosters these days, one capable of a .260+ average with double digit homers and steals, but at age 38 and with all those miles on those legs, the end could be near. He remains unsigned as of this writing, but obviously his home ballpark will impact his expected production. Damon is still valuable, but be careful not to overdo it. (Mike Axisa)
Quick Opinion: Damon remains productive as a player that can contribute in all five traditional offensive categories, but there’s a lot of miles on those 38-year-old legs and his new home ballpark remains an unknown. Be careful not to overstate his true value on draft day.
James Darnell 
|Debut: 2011 | BirthDate: 1/19/1987 | Team: Padres | Position: 3B|
Profile: A second-round pick in 2008, Darnell made his debut last August after tearing up Double-A (.333/.434/.604), and he’s nearly ready to contribute in San Diego. Since he’s not likely to stick at the hot corner –- the organization already started transitioning him to left field last year –- the 25-year-old’s bat is going to have to carry him. That’s usually a dicey proposition at PetCo, but Darnell does have the power to reach homer totals in the mid-teens as a major-leaguer, and his plate discipline is a big asset; he sports a 14% walk rate and has whiffed only 16% of the time. His biggest problem, though, is that the Padres have other –- and better –- players coming up behind him, so he’ll need to take advantage of his window. (Jason Catania)
Quick Opinion: A half-season at Triple-A would do Darnell some good. Not only would it give him a chance to improve, it would also buy the Padres time to clear a path for him (by trading Kyle Blanks or Will Venable). In 2012 and beyond, Darnell could be a fantasy platoon candidate who posts better stats on the road, and he’ll have value in OBP leagues.
Ike Davis 
|Debut: 2010 | BirthDate: 3/22/1987 | Team: Mets | Position: 1B|
Profile: Mets fans like Ike, but the rest of the league is uncertain. He didn’t hit a single home run in his first year in the Minor Leagues and only hit 19 home runs in his full rookie season, so they’re right to be worried. Davis seems to have developed a hitch in his swing that allows him to achieve average first-baseman type power, but it might also rob him of a .300 average since it has led to a higher strikeout rate. His patience and defense will assure him of keeping his major league job, and the moving fences in Citi can only help. At the very least, Davis’ ankle is healed and he says he’s ready to go this season. With the two big boppers out of the National League, at least, he’s a top NL-only option. (Eno Sarris)
Quick Opinion: It’s unclear exactly how much power Ike Davis has. The floor on his 2012 — something like .270 and 20ish home runs — is not quite mixed-league material. On the other hand, there’s upside beyond.
Rajai Davis 
|Debut: 2006 | BirthDate: 10/19/1980 | Team: Blue Jays | Position: OF|
Profile: A setback while recovering from a torn hamstring ended what was a very disappointing, injury-filled first year in Toronto for Rajai Davis. His .238 batting average was the lowest of his career since becoming an everyday player in 2008 with Oakland, as Davis struggled mightily against right-handed pitching, something he’d been successful at in both 2009 and 2010. The injuries took their toll on Davis’ running game, too, in which he specializes. Davis’ 34 stolen bases were a three-year low, and his stolen base percentage dropped, too. Now that he’s scheduled to be the back-up center fielder to Colby Rasmus, what little fantasy value Davis does have — as a speedster, at the very least — has been reduced. Davis could perhaps fill out your bench in a deeper league, maybe, but that’s about it. (Navin Vaswani)
Quick Opinion: The move from Oakland to Toronto wasn’t a smooth one for Rajai Davis, who struggled mightily in 2011. With Colby Rasmus entrenched in center field in Toronto in 2012, Davis has little fantasy value other than to swipe you a base from time to time.
Chris Davis 
|Debut: 2008 | BirthDate: 3/17/1986 | Team: Orioles | Position: 1B/3B|
Profile: It may be hard to believe, but Chris Davis is only going to be 26 years old when the 2012 season begins. He’s had a long, hard road over the past few years since he had a great partial season with the Rangers in 2008. He hasn’t even come close to replicating those eighty games since, but he has consistently shown that there is a great deal of power in his boomstick, and when he does make contact, the ball is going to be hit hard. The Orioles seem content to give him somewhat of a chance to be their third baseman, but odds are he’ll have to prove he can hit early in the season to hold on to his job. Davis’ value is going to almost be completely tied to his batting average on balls in play; if he hits .350 on balls in play, then there’s a chance that he’ll be a valuable fantasy commodity, due to his third base eligibility. But, odds are he won’t be able to consistently bat .350 on balls in play, so giving him a roster spot is foolhardy in most leagues. (Zach Sanders)
Quick Opinion: Davis has great power potential, but he still strikes out far too often. Relying on a high batting average on balls in play would be a fools’ errand, so don’t buy into the third baseman unless he limits the strikeouts.
Alejandro De Aza 
|Debut: 2007 | BirthDate: 4/11/1984 | Team: White Sox | Position: OF|
Profile: There is no doubt in my mind that part of why De Aza looked so good during his two months in the majors was that he was taking playing time away from Alex Rios, who spent most of 2011 staring up at replacement level. This is not to say De Aza isn’t a good player in his own right. Assuming the team does not re-sign Juan Pierre, he should get plenty of playing time to steal around 20 bases and post a solid batting average. The power he showed during his call-up isn’t totally incongruous with his performance in the high minors, but I still feel like he’ll be fortunate to hit 15 home runs as an everyday starter. If the White Sox do choose to use him as their fourth outfielder or as a rover, double digit home runs could be out of his reach. (Dan Wade)
Quick Opinion: Taking De Aza’s 54 game cup of coffee in 2011 as an exemplar of his likely 2012 production may lead to disappointment, but if he can simply match his Minor League production, he’ll be a worthwhile player, especially for those who play in leagues with LF, CF, and RF spots rather than generalized outfields.
Ivan De Jesus 
|Debut: 2011 | BirthDate: 5/1/1987 | Team: Dodgers | Position: 2B|
Profile: While DeJesus is probably ready for the big leagues, the Dodgers have done their best to keep him stored in Triple-A for another season. With Mark Ellis, Adam Kennedy, and Jerry Hairston, Jr. in front of him, it’s hard to imagine DeJesus seeing much time in the big leagues in 2012. Even if he does see the field, DeJesus doesn’t bring much power or speed to your roster. He will, however, put up a decent batting average and a good OBP. (Zach Sanders)
Quick Opinion: DeJesus is blocked by not one, not two, but three veterans at second base. He could have a decent batting average and OBP, but his other numbers won’t be up to snuff.
David DeJesus 
|Debut: 2003 | BirthDate: 12/20/1979 | Team: Cubs | Position: OF|
Profile: DeJesus may be one of the more underrated players in all of baseball, but his fantasy value tends to be only slightly understated. Despite playing less than 135 games for the Oakland A’s last season, DeJesus was able to hit 10 homers and score 60 runs. His batting average, however, suffered, and the left-handed hitter posted a career low .240 mark thanks to a sub-par batting average on balls in play and an almost unexplainable strikeout rate. Now that DeJesus gets a crack at the National League, he should be able to continue hitting .280 or higher with double-digit homers, making him a solid bench outfielder in standard leagues and a nice pickup in NL-only, OBP and linear weights ottoneu formats. (Zach Sanders)
Quick Opinion: DeJesus has a long history of being a solid real-life outfielder in the American League. Now, he gets to hit in the National League Central that suits his handedness. He should be your bench outfielder in standard leagues and a starter in OBP formats.
Chris Denorfia 
|Debut: 2005 | BirthDate: 7/15/1980 | Team: Padres | Position: OF|
Profile: Over the past two seasons in San Diego, Denorfia has received 650 plate appearances, amounting to just over a full season. In that time, the 31-year-old has hit 16 homers while stealing 19 bases and hitting .274 and scoring 79 times. It’s pretty clear that he is best used as a platoon player and fourth outfielder, and the Padres are well aware of this. But, if he can find his way into playing every day, the right-hander becomes an interesting fantasy pickup. (Zach Sanders)
Quick Opinion: Denorfia isn’t in line for full-time at bats, so you shouldn’t be drafting him. If he does find his way into playing every day, you should keep an eye on him and snatch him up if you need an outfielder.
Mark DeRosa 
|Debut: 1998 | BirthDate: 2/26/1975 | Team: Nationals | Position: 1B/3B|
Profile: DeRosa had two lost seasons with the Giants due to a recurring injury to the tendons in his left wrist. In 57 plate appearances in the final two months of 2011, DeRosa posted a wOBA of .372. He’s still unsigned for 2012. (Wendy Thurm)
Daniel Descalso 
|Debut: 2010 | BirthDate: 10/19/1986 | Team: Cardinals | Position: 3B|
Profile: Filling a super-utility role for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, Descalso should qualify at second, third, and shortstop in 2012. The 25-year-old infielder is a little tough to figure out. He has shown flashes of moderate power and even decent speed in the minors, but over his 375 at-bats in 2011, he had absolutely zero power (.086 isolated slugging) and only managed to swipe a pair of bags. He’s expected to be the Cardinals everyday second baseman, so over 500+ at-bats, it’s possible he could produce five or six home runs and a concomitant number of steals, but unles the team envisions him as a leadoff hitter, he’s not going to contribute at any category above fantasy replacement level. Because of his position eligibility, he might be nice to stash away in deep leagues for emergency purposes, but he’s not likely to be a significant fantasy contributor. (Michael Barr)
Quick Opinion: Descalso is versatile, with eligibility at shortstop, second base, and third base, but he carries a pretty unintimidating stick and won’t help your fantasy squad outside of being an emergency fill-in.
Ian Desmond 
|Debut: 2009 | BirthDate: 9/20/1985 | Team: Nationals | Position: SS|
Profile: Desmond stole 25 bags during his sophomore season, but he otherwise aggravated owners by showing precious little patience or power while batting just .253/.298/.358. Desmond’s outside swing percentage did dip somewhat (from 33 percent to a league-average 31 percent), but he often let strikes go by, swinging at just 61 percent of in-zone pitches (65 percent average). That led to lots of pitcher’s counts, trots back to the dugout, and fewer chances to show off his base-stealing chops (and yet, both Jim Riggleman and Davey Johnson thought it was a good idea to hit him leadoff; even Congress agrees that’s stupid). Also not helping his long-term playing prospects: Desmond ranks ahead of only Hanley Ramirez, Yuni Betancourt and Asdrubal Cabrera in UZR/150 among qualified shortstops since 2010. (David Golebiewski)
Quick Opinion: Desmond, 26, could find himself on the bench if his low-OBP ways and clunky fielding continue. Second baseman Steve Lombardozzi is big league-ready, and Danny Espinosa could slide over to short. There’s not much upside here, outside of steals.
Blake DeWitt 
|Debut: 2008 | BirthDate: 8/20/1985 | Position: 2B/3B/OF|
Profile: DeWitt’s defense is weak and his hitting has yet to blossom. Theo Epstein’s latest emphasis has been improving the Cubs defensively, so DeWitt will likely need a slew of injuries or ineffectiveness to find himself starting. If the Cubs can get him back to Triple-A, the 26-year-old might be able to improve his defense enough to challenge for a starting spot, but until then, he will be relegated to pinch-hitting bench duties. (Bradley Woodrum)
Quick Opinion: Unless he can make dramatics strides on defense in Spring Training, DeWitt will be waiting for injuries to get starting-level plate appearances.
Matt Diaz 
|Debut: 2003 | BirthDate: 3/3/1978 | Team: Braves | Position: OF|
Profile: The definition of a platoon bat, Diaz parlayed a a big batting-average-on-balls-in-play-fueled 2009 and a decent 2010 season with the Braves into a two-year deal with the Pirates last offseason, only to get traded back to Atlanta at the deadline. The 34-year-old is a borderline star against left-handers (.329/.368/.506 career, a .375 wOBA) but a total dud against righties (.264/.319/.369 career, a .304 wOBA), which limits his fantasy value given the sporadic starts. One on hand though, there are a ton of lefties in the National League East, so Diaz figures to see more starts than the usual 25-75 split associated with right-handed platoon bats. Injuries could result in more playing time, but otherwise Diaz is a spare fantasy part unless he reverts to his 2009 form, which is unlikely since it’s an extreme outlier in his otherwise unspectacular career. (Mike Axisa)
Quick Opinion: Injuries could get Diaz more playing time that the typical right-handed platoon bat, but he doesn’t have much value unless he reverts back to 2009 form.
Chris Dickerson 
|Debut: 2008 | BirthDate: 4/10/1982 | Team: Yankees | Position: OF|
Profile: Dickerson showed some promise as a rookie in Cincinnati in 2008, carrying a .432 wOBA (and .410 BABIP) in 132 plate appearances. It’s been all downhill since, as Dickerson has ‘hit’ .256/.334/.346 in the meantime, while showing a shocking inability to make contact at the big league level, twice whiffing in over 30 percent of his plate appearances, allbeit in a limited sample size. He’s a capable defender at all three outfield positions, and has carried a .750 OPS thus far in about a season’s full of plate appearances. That’ll probably keep affording him the opportunity to stick at the big league level, but only if his recent run of whiffs proves fleeting. (Brandon Warne)
Quick Opinion: He’s a utility outfielder at best right now, and as a result you should run screaming the other way.
Andy Dirks 
|Debut: 2011 | BirthDate: 1/24/1986 | Team: Tigers | Position: OF|
Profile: It took Andy Dirks three years to work his way through the Detroit Tigers farm system, and he made his professional debut in 2011, playing all three outfield positions and hitting .251 with seven home runs in 78 games. Like most young players who make it to the majors, Dirks struggled to get on base. While his strikeout rate was certainly above average, his walk rate was far too low, keeping his on-base percentage below the .300 mark. Dirks is a versatile outfielder to have around, and he’ll most likely be competing for the fourth outfielder’s job with the Tigers in 2012, which means he’s unlikely to be a hot fantasy commodity come draft day. (Navin Vaswani)
Quick Opinion: Dirks made his pro debut with the Tigers in 2011, playing all three outfield positions and hitting .251. Since he’s competing for a fourth outfielder’s job, he won’t have enough value to warrant a spot on your roster.
Greg Dobbs 
|Debut: 2004 | BirthDate: 7/2/1978 | Team: Marlins | Position: 3B|
Profile: Dobbs has made a pretty good living out of being a pinch-hitter and part-time utility man. In fact, some of his player pages officially list him as a pinch-hitter first, and nearly 20 percent of his career knocks have come as a super-sub. Dobbs doesn’t do anything particularly well, as his .296 career wOBA and -9.2 fielding runs would attest, but he still managed to hang on as a 25th man who’s seen the bulk of his at bats in the National League, a league which would certainly appreciate his talents that much more. Dobbs recently re-upped with the Fish, on a two-year deal no less, and will continue to help off the bench for the near future. He just won’t help your fantasy team, most likely. (Brandon Warne)
Quick Opinion: Unless someone is in one of those bizarro fantasy pinch-hitter leagues — fantasy umpire leagues exist, after all — Dobbs carries next to no value. Not only will he be squeezed out of his more prominent role from 2011, but he offers no speed, no pop, and a .264 career batting average isn’t worth writing home about, either. Who still writes home, anyway?
Matt Dominguez 
|Debut: 2011 | BirthDate: 8/28/1989 | Team: Marlins | Position: 3B|
Profile: An injury-plagued 2011 season derailed the Marlins’ Matt Dominguez as the third baseman who was supposed to be entrenched at the position entering the 2012 season now finds himself on the outside looking in. Few, if any, question Dominguez’ defense, but his bat is likely not ready to face big-league pitching day-in and day-out — it requires more seasoning at the Triple-A level. At his peak, Dominguez projects as a league-average third baseman offensively with above average to plus defense. This offers plenty of value, but Dominguez is the type who will be more valuable on the field than in fantasy lineups. In single season leagues, he’s a definite “pass