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We all have our guys. I have my Sleepers, and I have my Breakouts. But not all of my most drafted players fit neatly into one of those buckets.

Some are just a little underappreciated. Others are uniquely suited for what I'm trying to do at that stage of the draft. Still others are ... well, I don't know. But whatever the reason, I keep drafting them.

Actions speak louder than words, so while it's useful to highlight the players I'd like to have in an ideal scenario, it's also worthwhile to point out the ones I'm actually drafting.

Here are some of the players I've invested in the most.

(The numbers next to each player's picture represent his ADP according to two different sources.)

Vladimir Guerrero
TOR • 1B • 27
FantasyPros (Roto)3
CBS (H2H points)3
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The pros tend to sell out harder for stolen bases than the amateurs, so I'm used to seeing Vladimir Guerrero go even later than his ADP. I got him eighth overall in Tout Wars, for instance. With that being the prevailing attitude and me being the guy ranking him No. 1 in 5x5 Rotisserie and No. 2 in Head-to-Head points, it stands to reason he's my first-round pick anytime I pick in the first half of the round. The advantage he gives you in the other four categories makes up for his lack in the one.

Zack Wheeler
PHI • SP • 45
FantasyPros (Roto)28
CBS (H2H points)27
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It just so happens that the reports of Zack Wheeler's offseason shoulder soreness came out about the time I was putting most of my teams together. People read way too much of it. It's not that he showed up to camp with a sore shoulder. It's that it was sore back in December, which put him a little behind. We were all drafting him like a second-rounder before then, so I was happy to accept the round or two discount over what sounded like a nothingburger. You might still be able to enjoy a small discount even though, now that he's back on schedule, cooler heads have prevailed.

Salvador Perez
C •
FantasyPros (Roto)29
CBS (H2H points)34

This is the object of my desire right here, the one player I'm most likely to game plan for. There's no bigger advantage to be found at any position than Salvador Perez at catcher. I'm not asking him to lead the majors in home runs and RBI again. Even with just two-thirds of last year's production, it's still probably true (which is a small ask given how much of his time he spends at DH these days). For the naysayers, it's worth pointing out that he was far and away the No. 1 catcher in 2020 as well.

Jose Altuve
HOU • 2B • 27
FantasyPros (Roto)56
CBS (H2H points)30
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As with Guerrero, I think this pick is mostly a matter of everyone selling out harder for stolen bases than I do. Jose Altuve may no longer contribute many of those, but he's a massive producer otherwise. My dude scored 117 runs last year. He's one of the three or four best bets for 30-plus homers at the position. And if we're talking specifically for points leagues, he averaged more per game (3.60) than even Ozzie Albies (3.45) last year.

Charlie Morton
ATL • SP • 50
FantasyPros (Roto)71
CBS (H2H points)63
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I couldn't understand the early skepticism surrounding Charlie Morton, whose numbers seemed easily top 15 to me. He had a stable track record and strong supporting cast. Yeah, he was 38, but it hadn't stopped anyone from drafting Max Scherzer. It turns out people may have been just a little too fearful of the broken fibula he suffered in the World Series, because as soon as he started appearing in spring games, his ADP skyrocketed. So now I'm just drafting Morton where I ranked him all along, but it was nice how long I used to be able to wait.

Bryan Reynolds
PIT • CF • 10
FantasyPros (Roto)85
CBS (H2H points)52
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I'm the weird sort of person who prefers Bryan Reynolds to Tyler O'Neill, Randy Arozarena, J.D. Martinez and Christian Yelich. I understand he may not measure up to them in power potential, having homered just 24 times last year -- and indeed, home runs are a category I absolutely don't want to sell short this year. But batting average is the most difficult hitter category to fill after the early rounds, and Reynolds' line-drive tendencies make him as safe a source as you'll find for it while still offering some power. Oh, and he's even better in points leagues.

Justin Verlander
HOU • SP • 35
FantasyPros (Roto)104
CBS (H2H points)87
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Like with Morton, it's as if the Fantasy-playing world has reawakened to Justin Verlander's potential now that they've seen him pitch. The guy is such a gamer and has already persevered through so much in his career that I had little doubt he'd be ready to go a full two years after Tommy John surgery. And last time we saw him healthy, he had one of the all-time great pitcher seasons in Fantasy, registering 21 wins and 300 strikeouts. I recently had to move him into my top 16 at starting pitcher, but I used to get him outside the top 25.

Josh Bell
WAS • 1B • 19
FantasyPros (Roto)128
CBS (H2H points)158
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It's not that I have an affinity for Josh Bell specifically (though I certainly have in the past). It's more that he's part of a contingent of first basemen who I like to target in my non-Guerrero leagues -- i.e., what colleague Frank Stampfl has lovingly deemed the "profit pocket." The profit pocket also includes Joey Votto, Rhys Hoskins, C.J. Cron and (more recently), Luke Voit, but for some reason, Bell is who I end up with the most. Offensive numbers were down across the league last April, and he was no exception, but from May 1 on, he hit .279 with 25 homers and an .865 OPS.

Adam Wainwright
STL • SP • 50
FantasyPros (Roto)143
CBS (H2H points)58
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When people talk about upside at starting pitcher, they're usually referring to strikeout rate, which makes someone like Adam Wainwright a sneaky upside play. How can you have more upside than top 10 at the position, which is what he was last year? He had only 7.6 K/9, but when he's racking up innings and wins with respectable ratios otherwise, it doesn't much matter. You might question the legitimacy more than with a big bat-misser, but Wainwright was also just as good in 2020. Taking him around 40th at the position seems like a no-brainer.

Hunter Renfroe
RF •
FantasyPros (Roto)152
CBS (H2H points)209

As with Wainwright, Hunter Renfroe's perceived lack of upside doesn't really jibe with what we just saw him do. His numbers last year were good enough to make him the 19th-best outfielder in 5x5 Rotisserie leagues, and I see nothing unsustainable about them. Sure, it was a career-best performance, but he cut way down on his strikeouts and will now have the benefit of playing in Milwaukee. I'm constantly looking to feed the home run beast in Roto, and Renfroe stands out as one of the last reliable sources.

Scott Barlow
KC • RP • 58
FantasyPros (Roto)154
CBS (H2H points)178
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Has there been much question about who's closing for the Royals to begin the year? I ask because Scott Barlow isn't being treated like the dozen or so surefires who are being forced up draft boards, even into the early rounds, for fear of every other bullpen resorting to the dreaded closer committee (most of which, for all the big talk now, surely won't last). For some reason, Barlow isn't part of that closer crowd being forced up even though he ran with job over the final month and a half, delivering all the ratios you'd want from a closer. I've been happy to take advantage.

Ranger Suarez
PHI • RP • 55
FantasyPros (Roto)168
CBS (H2H points)119
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Forget his relief pitcher eligibility for a minute, which is of course a major differentiator in Head-to-Head points leagues. I like drafting Ranger Suarez in Rotisserie because he looks like a rare mid-round ERA stabilizer. I'm not saying he'll repeat last year's 1.36 mark (which, by the way, good God). Still, his elite ground-ball tendencies keep batted balls in the park, and for someone with those kinds of tendencies, his bat-missing ability is unusually strong. The advanced stats agree, his FIP and xERA both checking in at less than 3.00.

Adam Duvall
ATL • RF • 14
FantasyPros (Roto)221
CBS (H2H points)251
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The appeal of Adam Duvall is pretty straightforward. The guy led the NL with 113 RBI last year. He hit nearly 40 home runs. Yeah, he's a drain on batting average, but at the point he's going, you better have batting average solved already. I'm determined not to underdo it in the power categories this year, and he seems like the perfect late-round target considering. Even batting .228, he was still the 20th-best outfielder in Rotisserie leagues last year.

Julio Rodriguez
SEA • RF • 44
FantasyPros (Roto)245
CBS (H2H points)250
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Now that the Mariners are hinting at Julio Rodriguez making the opening day roster on the heels of his headline-grabbing spring training, the price is rapidly escalating. But back before most drafters gave it much credence, I was so on it, regularly drafting him as my fifth outfielder in Rotisserie leagues. Lately, I've had trouble getting him even as my third, but he's still barely drafted inside the top 200 in NFBC leagues over the past week. I'd be willing to push the envelope a little for a dreamboat talent like him.

Nicky Lopez
KC • SS • 8
FantasyPros (Roto)251
CBS (H2H points)NA
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Whenever I've followed the Zero-SB strategy in Rotisserie drafts this season (read all about it), the one indulgence I've permitted myself was Nicky Lopez, just because the price for a potential .300-hitting, 30-steal guy like him is too good to be true. He's already shown he could be what we were hoping Nick Madrigal would be last year, and yet he's going about 100 picks later than Madrigal did then. Sure, there's zero power, but by the time I draft Lopez, I've hopefully built up a big enough home run advantage already. 

Dylan Floro
MIA • RP • 36
FantasyPros (Roto)253
CBS (H2H points)NA
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I'm so invested in this guy it's not even funny. Nope, I was not laughing when he came down with arm soreness midway through spring training, opening the door for the Marlins to experiment with a closer committee at the start of the year. Dylan Floro was getting all the saves down the stretch last year and would presumably be manager Don Mattingly's first choice if he makes it back sooner than later (he has at least started throwing, thankfully). Suffice it to say I'm not nearly as bullish on him as I once was, though, especially since the superior Anthony Bender figures to be part of that committee.

Jose Miranda
MIN • 3B • 64
FantasyPros (Roto)445
CBS (H2H points)NA
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Third base is terrible. Unless it's Jose Ramirez, you'll probably feel like you're reaching a little for whomever you take at the position. I'm generally willing to pay the upcharge for Rafael Devers, Manny Machado, Austin Riley, Kris Bryant or Nolan Arenado, but if I miss out on all of them, it's pick-and-pray time. My one ace in the hole is Jose Miranda, a 23-year-old who hit .344 with 30 homers, a .973 OPS and a microscopic 12.5 percent strikeout rate between Double- and Triple-A last year. The Twins don't know where to play him, but they have to find a spot soon, right?

Others I'm heavily invested in

For more on these players, see my Breakouts 3.0 and Sleepers 3.0.

Frankie Montas
OAK • SP • 47
FantasyPros (Roto)81
CBS (H2H points)79
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Kyle Schwarber
PHI • LF • 12
FantasyPros (Roto)107
CBS (H2H points)68
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Willy Adames
MIL • SS • 27
FantasyPros (Roto)135
CBS (H2H points)139
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Brendan Rodgers
COL • 2B • 7
FantasyPros (Roto)176
CBS (H2H points)220
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Luke Voit
SD • 1B • 45
FantasyPros (Roto)228
CBS (H2H points)226
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Kyle Hendricks
CHC • SP • 28
FantasyPros (Roto)241
CBS (H2H points)162
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Connor Joe
COL • LF • 9
FantasyPros (Roto)336
CBS (H2H points)NA
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