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Fantasy Baseball 2011: Hitting The Links

Here are Wednesday's fantasy links of interest:

Fangraphs' Marc Hulet writes about why Giants rookie first baseman Brandon Belt is his early favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year award. I have to agree with Marc.

Fangraphs' Eno Sarros tells fantasy owners why Ben Francisco and Lance Berkman should be picked up in fantasy leagues. I like Francisco over Berkman as I think Berkman is a health risk.

John Sickels discusses Mets rookie second baseman Brad Emaus in his Prospect of the Day over at Minor League Ball and featured on Baseball Nation. Sickels thinks he can hit .260 with a few HRs. I own Emaus in one of my NL-only leagues, and hope he can reach double digit HRs this year.

In this ESPN Insider article, Jason Grey praises Brandon Beachy and Kyle Drabek and recommends that fantasy owners pick them up. I am not sold on Beachy, but he does pitch for one of the better trams in baseball.

Rotoarcarde's Andy Behren's follows up on Scott Pianowski's advice to sell Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton now, while he is still getting saves. He says Broxton isn't missing bats, and has only struck out one while earning 3 saves so far. I have to agree. 

Rotoarcade's Scott Pianowski tells fantasy owners that Braves rookie pitcher could improve upon his initial start of the 2011 season, as he didn't have good command of his slider in his first outing.

Grey over at Razzball wants fantasy owners to make sure they don't suffer from ADD-Attention Deficit Drops. In other words, don't get into the habit of dropping guys after a bad week or two. I know a guy in one of my leagues will be calling me within the next few weeks if any of his power hitters don't start producing.

Rotoprofessor gives his reasons as to why fantasy owners should bench Phil Hughes for his next start, after his rough showing in his first start of the 2011 season.