'My Guys' for '11: Brandon Phillips steady 

March, 15, 2011
Naming just a handful of players I like for this fantasy baseball season isn't as easy as it sounds. In truth, I like many. I'd love, for example, if Joey Votto and Roy Halladay were still available in the third round. Of course, that's not going to happen. So in trying to determine the "players I like," I tend to name players I keep ending up with on my myriad teams. I've drafted quite a bit already, in many different formats and league sizes (ie. not just mixed and 5x5 leagues).

As a result, the players I keep ending up with -- even in mock drafts, I still select as if it is my most important league -- can be considered "my guys," because I obviously like them more than my fellow owners. So unless I have the first pick in every draft, I can't call Albert Pujols part of the club. In fact, I don't have him in any league, best I can tell. But I'll go position-by-position and bold the players I keep getting, whether it's because I'd take them a round earlier (in draft league) than my fellow owners or for a dollar or two more in auction leagues.

[+] EnlargeJorge Posada
Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireJorge Posada can still rake.
Catchers: In our first in-house mock draft I spent a fourth-round pick on Victor Martinez, but each time since then, I've waited a good, long time to fill my catcher spot, at least in standard leagues. As a result, I've ended up with the New York Yankees' Jorge Posada on a few squads, and Kurt Suzuki on a few others. I do own Joe Mauer and Buster Posey in keeper leagues, but in general, I'm eschewing the top 10 catchers in drafts. In deep leagues, among those I've acquired include John Jaso, Jonathan Lucroy, Josh Thole and even Hank Conger.