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Through the Wire

SS
Rafael Furcal, St. Louis

Off
to a hot start to the season, Furcal is hitting .407 and has also stolen two
bases. Steals are always hard to come by in fantasy, so Furcal may be the best
available in your league for this category. He’s owned in just over 70 percent
of ESPN leagues, so now’s the time to try and grab him. Like I always say – I’d
rather take a chance on a proven veteran than a mysterious rookie. You know
what you’re getting with Furcal, so enjoy the runs, steals and decent average.

SP
Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs

I’ve
been raving about this guy for almost a month now. He didn’t disappoint anyone
in his first start of the season, going 8.2 innings and allowing just one run
with eight strikeouts. I understand that it’s only been one game, but I
strongly recommend picking Samardzija up right now. He’s only owned in about a
quarter of most leagues so chances are he’s available for you. If he keeps a
stronghold on his control, it’s going to be breakout city in Chicago.

SS
Zack Cozart, Cincinnati

I
still haven’t heard of this guy, but he’s beginning to turn heads all around
the MLB. Cozart is sporting a .370 average with six runs, one home run and two runs
batted in. More importantly, he’s a shortstop. It’s a very scarce year for
middle infielders, so whenever one comes out of nowhere he’s worth a look in
most formats. Cozart does only have one year of big league experience under his
belt, but look for the runs and average to be solid as he’s got guys like
Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto hitting behind him.

RP
Hector Santiago, Chicago White Sox

Santiago
was named the closer of the White Sox on opening day and has already recorded a
few saves, yet somehow he’s still only owned in about 35 percent of fantasy
leagues. It’s true that closers are easy to come by because so many are
constantly losing their jobs, but we all saw how many save opportunities Sergio
Santos received last season with Chicago. I think it’s a good idea to grab
Santiago even just to put him on your bench to see if he’s for real or not.

3B
Chone Figgins, Seattle

Figgins, like Furcal, is another veteran who’s off to a good
start in 2012. He’s never done anything in the power department, but has always
been a great source for steals, runs and batting average. He’s doing just that
again this season, but it only owned in 25 percent of leagues. I know that third
base is deeper this year than it usually is, but it’s always good to have a
replacement if say David Wright breaks his pinkie and is out for at least a few
weeks.

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