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Fantasy Baseball 2014: 10 Infielders to Start on Opening Day

10 Infielders Who Will Have Great Opening Days

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If you chose to delay on picking up one of fantasy baseball's most prominent and coveted infielders in the first few rounds of your draft and ended up drafting a guy who is still very much available in most leagues, have no fear. There are plenty of players poised to have fantastic Opening Days who may be sitting on your bench or tucked away somewhere on the waiver wire. Here's a look at 10 infielders who will surely shine on Opening Day.

10. Brett Lawrie- 2B, 3B

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10. Brett Lawrie- 2B, 3B

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The Toronto Blue Jays' third baseman has the potential to be one of Major League Baseball's most exciting players. He is always amped and ready to go, especially at the beginning of the season. With showing more discipline at the plate, only striking out three times in 55 at bats this spring, Lawrie is sure to be hot right out of the gate. Don't be afraid to give him the start if you have him on your squad.

9. Allen Craig- 1B, OF

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9. Allen Craig- 1B, OF

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Although there has been much speculation of whether or not Allen Craig or Matt Adams should be starting at first base on Opening Day, be sure to go with Craig. Adams will get his fair share of at bats, but he is mostly going to go up against lefties. The St. Louis Cardinals will most likely be opening up against Cincinnati Reds' righty, Johnny Cueto, thus giving Craig the chance to start out on a good note right away.

8. Omar Infante- 2B

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8. Omar Infante- 2B

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If Omar Infante is good to go for the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day, be sure to plug him into your lineup. He will look to have a solid homecoming when the Royals visit the Motor City and Infante's former team, the Detroit Tigers. Justin Verlander will be on the mound for the Tigers, and unlike so many, this could work to Infante's advantage. The second baseman should know Verlander's tenancies, being a former teammate of his.

7. Xander Bogaerts- 3B, SS

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7. Xander Bogaerts- 3B, SS

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If you own Xander Bogaerts, you have the distinct advantage in most leagues of being able to slot him into the third base or shortstop position. The 22-year-old out of Aruba struggled at the beginning of spring but has since managed to show that he has some pop in his bat. Take advantage of his two-position eligibility and watch him take off from there, especially when the Red Sox start playing at home on Apr. 4.

6. Victor Martinez- 1B

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6. Victor Martinez- 1B

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Victor Martinez has the luxury of hitting behind the now extremely rich, and rightfully so, Miguel Cabrera. If the Tigers are going to overcome their spring training injury woes, it's going to come from the play by Cabrera and Martinez. You're not going to find a more steady player at the plate than Martinez, and once he gets some starts behind the plate, he will have two-position eligibility before you know it.

5. Will Middlebrooks- 3B

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5. Will Middlebrooks- 3B

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Similar to Bogaerts, the Red Sox have been waiting patiently for Will Middlebrooks to start showing that he is ready for the regular season to begin. After a rough start, the third baseman is now batting .362 for the spring with four HRs and nine RBI, and he is still only 59 percent owned. Trust that Middlebrooks will continue his solid play at the plate when the Red Sox open up against the Baltimore Orioles on Mar. 31.

4. Chase Headley- 3B

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4. Chase Headley- 3B

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It looks as though Chase Headley is finally ready to produce at a higher level for the San Diego Padres. After struggling at the beginning of spring with a calf injury, Headley has heated up at the plate as of late and has appeared to put the injury behind him. This solid later rounds pickup should put up a great performance on Opening Day against a Los Angeles Dodgers not starting a dominant Clayton Kershaw.

3. Anthony Rizzo- 1B

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3. Anthony Rizzo- 1B

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Anthony Rizzo has enjoyed a great Spring Training. The Chicago Cubs first baseman is clearly the future of the 'Lovable Losers' and will look to change his team's unfortunate distinction right from the get-go. Don't sacrifice his solid at bats for the likes of a Billy Butler or a Mark Teixeira. Rizzo will hit for average in 2014 and show some serious pop as well.

2. Nolan Arenado- 3B

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2. Nolan Arenado- 3B

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For a player mostly known as a defensive guru at the hot corner, Nolan Arenado has had a torrid Spring Training for the Colorado Rockies. Arenado hit .365 while belting three HRs and adding 10 RBIs in just 52 AB. Although these numbers don't always translate into solid play in the regular season, Arenado has clearly matured at the plate and will look to be just as impressive on offense as he is on defense.

1. Jhonny Peralta- SS

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1. Jhonny Peralta- SS

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Don't be fooled by Jhonny Peralta's 50-game suspension in 2013. Still only roughly 73 percent owned in most leagues, Peralta will prove to be one of the most coveted shortstops throughout 2014. Just ask anyone in Detroit these days. The shortstop position is one that is thinner than most in regards to the talent it displays at the plate. Peralta has a lot of pop in his bat that is very unusual for someone at his position. Get him in your lineup.