The Reds will most likely finish at or near the bottom of the NL Central once again. They're stocked with young talent and could truly become a contender in the very near future.
But who can you count on for fantasy production?
Find out with Three Studs, a Dud and a Sleeper for the Cincinnati Reds.
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Top 3 Reds
Brandon Phillips - 2B
If you're drafting Phillips in search of assistance with AVG, you're in for a rude awakening my friend. He's a free swinging dynamo that is more adept at providing punch at a position that is usually reserved for contact hitters and sacrificial lambs.
Phillips' career 2007 season (30 HR, 94 RBI, 32 SB, 107 R) was a peek at what his numbers could have been in 2008 had he not broken a finger towards the end of the year.
He's top five 2B material in 2009 and you'd be wise to make him an addition to your ballclub if you can withstand the high volume of strikeouts (109 in '07, 93 in '08) he's sure to deliver.
Joey Votto - 1B
Rating Votto this high is very tough for me because I have a very tough time believing in this kid for a number of reasons. From the expected sophomore slump to the fact that there are a plethora of options at 1B many would consider better than Votto.
But then again, that could mean good things for your franchise. If you can hold out until after the premier 1B are gone - while loading up on more important position needs - Votto would be an absolute steal somewhere in the seventh to eighth round.
Jay Bruce - OF
Bruce had himself an impressive rookie campaign playing center field for the Reds. Just like any other rookie, he had his moments of grandeur and others we're sure he'd like to forget.
We'd prefer that Bruce temper his desire to be a power hitting outfielder and return to the kid who hit nothing but frozen ropes in the minors. If Bruce can avoid the slow start he had in 2008 (32 K, .223 AVG, .614 OPS in June), we like his chances.
If not, be prepared to ride the wave of inconsistency all year long.
Edison Volquez - SP
I hate putting Volquez here because I love this kid. I love his personality and his pitching style.
But he's got one thing going against him that I refuse to overlook regardless of his personal ability. Dusty Baker is his manager.
Which means that Dusty will ride this kid until he turns into a broken down, depleted nothing that at one time had such a promising career. Volquez showed signs of slowing down at the tail end of 2008, no surprise due to the 14 times he cleared 110 or more pitches.
In Dusty, you get a busty. (Terrible, I know)
Johnny Cueto - SP
The 22-year-old righty is due for big things in 2009 and would be an absolute steal if you found him somewhere in rounds 16 to 17. Remember, this kid has been tabbed as a future number two pitcher and without the burden of expectations Volquez has to deal with, could blossom in 2009.