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There isn’t a Jason Heyward or Buster Posey in baseball’s rookie class this season. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore them.

Your goal in fantasy should be twofold: To win your league and to impress your friends with your vast knowledge. Rookies can kill both these birds with one stone.

There isn’t a Jason Heyward or Buster Posey in baseball’s rookie class this season. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore them. Here are the three most likely to help fantasy teams other than Jeremy Hellickson, who we highlighted last week.

Craig the closer

The Braves aren’t just going to hand the closer’s gig to 21-year-old Craig Kimbrel. He is going to have to go out and win it — something he’ll almost certainly do. Kimbrel racked up 40 strikeouts and a 0.44 ERA in 20 2/3 innings during a late-season callup last year.

Let me see that Dom

Phils outfielder Dominic Brown is the most highly touted rookie in the league. He’ll likely platoon to start the year, but is a good bet to eventually play every day. Excellent power/speed combo.

Good day, Chapman

Aroldis Chapman will start the year in a setup role out of the bullpen, but Francisco Cordero is shaky. The flame-throwing rookie could end up closing. At worst, he’ll help your ERA and WHIP.

MLB sleepers

Each week in this space, we’ll hand out three upside players that can be had late in drafts:

1 Aaron Harang, SP, SD — We need to be aware of all pitchers in San Diego’s cavernous park.

2 Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS — Classic “bounce back” sleeper. He was awful for most of 2010 but remains an upside play at a thin position.

3 Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
— The clutter in Colorado’s outfield is starting to thin out.

 
 
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