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Five for Friday: Promotion Impact

Rookies are never a good risk on a fantasy team. Even Super Rookie Jason Heyward is having his ups-and-downs. As such, you definitely want to use young players with caution and always as a back-up with a more proven option on your roster, or in an injury fill-in situation. Think of their first-year production as an added bonus, but don't count on it.

1. Justin Smoak | 1B | Rangers: It's been a bit of a rough start for this rookie, but he's still been getting on base thanks to a good eye at the plate, so he's got some value in on-base leagues. Keep in mind that he's not a Mike Stanton-like slugger, but he does have good power. One thing to consider is the big upgrade in defense that he offers over the recently-demoted Chris Davis. Smoak's biggest impact to your fantasy team could come if you own Scott Feldman, Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz, etc.

2. Ike Davis | 1B | Mets: Davis has been a pretty sweet good luck charm in New York, as the club reeled off a string of wins after he hit the Majors. Speaking of hitting, he's doing a lot of that with the bat. Davis is currently hitting for average and he's getting on-base. He has just one homer in 37 at-bats, but that will come with time. Don't expect the average to remain above .300, though. He's currently being helped by an unsustainable .435 BABIP. He's a nice long-term option because the club does not have anyone better.

3. Brett Cecil | SP | Blue Jays: This southpaw is no longer a rookie but he began the 2010 season back in triple-A after narrowly missing out on making the opening day squad. Cecil was rushed to the Majors in '09 in just his second full season in pro ball. He made 18 appearances but struggled with his command and with the long ball. He's still giving up a lot of fly balls this season, but his command has been much improved and he looks like a different (more confident) pitcher. Wins might be hard to come by, but Cecil could surprise a lot of people, especially if he can get his ground-ball rate up around 50%, which is similar to what he was able to do in his minor league career.

4. Eric Young Jr. | 2B/OF | Rockies: Young Jr. could quickly move up this list if he can secure an everyday gig at either second base or in the outfield. Clint Barmes is off to a slow start, but he's a formidable foe at the keystone. Young Jr. has 40-50 steal speed plus he's produced very good on-base numbers in the minors. He's the type of top-of-the-order hitter that gets what he needs to do to be of value to his team. Keep in mind, he won't produce any power or RBI numbers. If you need steals and runs, though, he's your man and he probably won't hurt your batting average.

5. Max Ramirez | C | Rangers: Ramirez is not as big of a prospect as some of the other names on this list, or on the honorable mention, but he gets bonus points for his position: catcher. With that said, monitor the situation with Ramirez. He's going to have to hit quite a bit to justify a starting role. Chicago exposed his defense/throwing weakness last night when they stole three bases against him (Ramirez caught a fourth thief). He's going to have a hard time keeping Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden down, but he could also get hot.

Honorable mentions: Rhyne Hughes (Baltimore) and Jhoulys Chacin (Colorado)


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