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AL West players to target in drafts

AL West players to target in drafts

Fantasy baseball analysts Scott Pianowski, Dalton Del Don and Andy Behrens reveal the player they’re targeting on each AL West team. The reason behind their selections could be tied to draft value, a star they want to build around or someone they’re going out of their way to take.

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Some of us are a little petrified of the second-base pool outside the top eight or 10, which means we’re drawn to Jose Altuve in the early rounds. You shouldn’t need a hard sell on Altuve, a guy who’s a near lock to score a zillion runs while going 20/15 and challenging for a batting crown. — Andy Behrens

Jeremy Peña was a star as a rookie during the times when he was playing healthy. He’ll rack up counting stats no matter where he bats in Houston’s loaded lineup, and a 25/20 type campaign looks well within reach. Peña comically isn’t being drafted as a top-15 fantasy SS in Yahoo leagues. — Dalton Del Don

Alex Bregman’s slow start last year made sense; he was coming off wrist surgery. He was a top-25 hitter in the second half, and that’s how you should view him now. — Scott Pianowski

Jared Walsh might be the cheapest source of 30 homers now that he’s healthy and playing in one of baseball’s best parks for lefty power. Angel Stadium has boosted home runs for left-handed batters a whopping 32% the past three seasons. — Dalton Del Don

Brandon Drury was probably over his skis last year, but he qualifies at three infield spots, and the Angels will run him out every day. Around ADP 182, it’s a very affordable 20-plus homers. — Scott Pianowski

It’s possible you’re looking for some mid-round target or end-game sleeper. But if we’re being completely honest here, the Angels player(s) I want is Shohei Ohtani preferably both. — Andy Behrens

There’s some batting average risk with Eugenio Suarez, but perhaps the angle is overplayed — he’s a career .250 batter, and last year’s .236 wasn’t a kill shot in today’s game. At least the power is consistent, with 31 homers in back-to-back years. He’s not a league-winner, but he’s priced to be a value. — Scott Pianowski

Andres Munoz gave us an obscene 13.3 K/9 last season over 65.0 innings with a WHIP of 0.89. Those numbers will play in any mixed fantasy league, regardless of where he slots in the Mariners’ bullpen hierarchy. — Andy Behrens

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