Players I like, though stats tell me not to 

March, 31, 2010
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No parsing of the numbers could have foreseen Scott Feldman's breakout 2009. You had to scout him to realize he was a completely different pitcher than the one who had a career ERA of more than five prior to last season, as I illustrated when I wrote about him last May.

It's in that spirit that we turn the statistical indicators off a little bit, and focus on some players where the scouting reports indicate that the numbers don't exactly tell the whole story, because that's where sleepers, like Feldman last year, can come from.

It's not an exhaustive list, and in addition to some no-brainer fantasy plays, there are some highly risky, speculative ones listed here as well, so be careful how you deploy some of the players listed below. Some are meant just for the endgame or reserve rounds in single-league play. Hopefully, the list provides you with a little extra information to help you decide whom to speculate on in those deep AL- and NL-only formats, or whom to give the extra buck or two for in an auction.

Francisco Liriano, SP, Minnesota Twins: Liriano deserves his own column, which he will get on Friday. Suffice it to say his stuff looks fantastic this spring, after it drew raves during winter ball. Ignore last year's 5.79 ERA and 1.55 WHIP.

Fausto Carmona, SP, Cleveland Indians: Some small, but subtle changes in his delivery have resulted in one that he can repeat a little better without taking the great sink off his ball. If all the offseason work on refining his mechanics results in him continuing to throw strikes when the season starts, we'll have a definite sleeper on our hands.


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