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High Fives: Names and gains




Yahoo! Sports' trio of fantasy experts will each offer up, on a regular basis, a look at their top five lists dealing with a variety of topics.

This week's topics: Offline draft essentials, classic baseball names, fun fantasy players from the past and players bound to greatly exceed last season's production.

Top 5 necessities of any fantasy draft party
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Beer

    Drink in moderation; encourage your opponents to imbibe to their heart's content

  2. Ample seating/table space
  3. Draft board
  4. A large timer
  5. Auctioneer/scribe
  1. Suds
  2. Kangaroo Court

    Fine system for time wasting and whining

  3. Six-foot burrito
  4. Draft board
  5. Salty snacks
  1. Legal Binders

    Nobody needs to know they're not packed with research materials.

  2. Oversized Draft Board
  3. Stop Watch/Timer
  4. Clerk (sober)
  5. Gas Grill / Full Fridge
Top 5 historical players that you'd have relished having on your fantasy squad
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Cesar Cedeno

    Still the only player to hit 20 HR and steal 50 bases for 3 straight seasons

  2. George Brett
  3. Sandy Koufax
  4. Jackie Robinson
  5. Juan Marichal
  1. Greg Luzinski

    Uncanny resemblance to myself; hence, same nickname

  2. Dan Quisenberry
  3. Mike Schmidt
  4. Bobby Bonds
  5. Cecil Cooper
  1. Hank Aaron

    Eye opener: 15 or more steals 9 straight seasons

  2. Ricky Henderson
  3. Willie Mays
  4. Ernie Banks
  5. Bob Gibson
Top 5 currently active players with the best "baseball" names
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Coco Crisp
  2. Rocco Baldelli

    Has a timeless, DiMaggio quality about it

  3. Pokey Reese
  4. Augie Ojeda
  5. Wily Mo Pena
  1. Coco Crisp
  2. J.J. Putz
  3. Jung Bong
  4. Brandon Puffer

    Combined with No. 3 for best baseball card ever

  5. Milton Bradley
  1. Huston Street
  2. Terrmel Sledge
  3. Bucky Jacobsen

    Didn't he bat 5th for the New York Knights?

  4. Chase Utley
  5. Nate Bump
Top 5 players who'll see their HR's improve from less than 20 to more than 30
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Justin Morneau
  2. Richie Sexson
  3. David Wright
  4. Troy Glaus
  5. Austin Kearns

    24-year old just needs to stay healthy

  1. Justin Morneau
  2. Richie Sexson
  3. Troy Glaus
  4. David Wright

    Star in progress – 14 HR in 69 games in '04.

  5. Magglio Ordonez
  1. Troy Glaus
  2. Justin Morneau
  3. Richie Sexson
  4. Craig Monroe

    Hit .321 w/15 HRs in 55 post-All Star games in '04.

  5. Ben Broussard
Top 5 players who'll see their wins improve from less than 10 to more than 15
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Mark Prior
  2. Roy Halladay
  3. Brandon Webb
  4. Odalis Perez

    Can't possibly suffer worse run support (NL-worst) this season

  5. Josh Beckett
  1. Mark Prior
  2. Matt Clement
  3. Odalis Perez
  4. Roy Halladay
  5. Zack Greinke

    Seven wins after AS break in '04

  1. Matt Clement

    Was 2-7 despite a 3.01 ERA in June & July

  2. Mark Prior
  3. Josh Beckett
  4. Brandon Webb
  5. Brad Penny

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