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2007 Los Angeles Dodgers Fantasy Values

The Dodgers have a very nice pitching staff that goes six-deep in fantasy starting pitchers, and one whose bullpen is chock full of harmless roster-filling middle relievers. I didn't list Brett Tomko or Elmer Dessens, but if you find yourslef forced into filling your last pitching slot and have had too many beers to recall who you really wanted, throwing out $1 for either wouldn't lead to too much harm.

The team's hitters offer excellent fantasy options from elite base stealers like the $45MM man and the $39MM one to some exciting younger players. While no one on this team can be counted on to hit more than a few fingers more than 20 HRs, these hitters should be good for decent RBIs and AVG.

What is most disappointing about the Dogers hitters is the fact that the team is going with veterans in 2007 and blocking the excitement their prospects offer to fantasy leaguers. Matt Kemp? Not with Luis Gonzalez and Juan Pierre around. Andy LaRoche? Not if Wilson Betemit, himself exciting, gets off to a decent start. And not with Jeff Kent and Nomar Garciaparra across the diamond blocking the aforementioned hot-hitting Betemit. James Loney? See Nomar. All of these propsects are deep slepers in non-keepers leagues, and good plays for 2008 in keeper ones.

Los Angeles
$30+ Juan Pierre Rafael Furcal
$17-$29 Nomar Garciaparra Jeff Kent
$10-$16 Luis Gonzalez Russ Martin
Wilson Betemit Andre Ethier
$1-10 James Loney
$20+ Takashi Saito Jason Schmidt
$10-$19 Derek Lowe Brad Penny
Randy Wolf Chad Billingsley
$1-$10 Jonathan Broxton Hong Chi Kuo