Letís continue our end-game picks series today, shifting over to first base. If youíve got a buck left and need a first-bagger, consider drafting:
Broadway isnít anything special, but he should be a steal for a buck or two. Heís got some power (15 home runs at Triple-A last year) and has maintained a decent batting average throughout his minor-league career. Playing time shouldnít be an issue, as heís the front-runner to start at first while Nick Johnson is out -- which could be all year. Factor in that Broadway is 26 and should be reaching his peak, and you have a nice lilí sleeper.
With Bobby Kielty and Mark Kotsay hurt, Johnson could get more playing time than we envisioned a few months ago. Iíd love to see him get another chance, because Iím not willing to give up on this guy just yet. Johnson had fabulous plate discipline last year (45/40 K/BB), and at age 27, nowís the time for him to shine. Consider Johnson a buck well spent -- at least thereís some potential here.
I know heís 35 and has Dr. James Andrews on speed-dial, but Klesko has the chance to be a minor fantasy contributor. Heís going to get some at-bats at first, and he might still have the skill to do something with them. He might still have the power that allowed him to hit 18 homers two years ago; he might still have the batting eye that resulted in a fine 80/75 K/BB two years ago. Heís a reasonable reserve pick.
Mientkiewicz has less power than Richard Simmons, but thereís some good stuff here, too. He has a good batting eye, heís healthy after off-season back surgery, and he should be able to score and drive in some runs as part of a loaded Yankees lineup.
Walker doesnít have much value, but the Padres are trying to trade him. Spending a buck on Walker now could pay dividends if he finds a larger role elsewhere.