The regular season is closing in, and fantasy baseball is right there with it. Let's take a look at the Rangers roster and rank the top five in the fantasy world.
No. 4: Alex Rios, OF
2013 stats: .278 batting average, .324 on-base percentage, .432 slugging percentage, 18 home runs, 81 RBIs, 83 runs, 42 stolen bases
Pros: Rios is one of the most underrated players in fantasy baseball because of his unique blend of 25-home run power and 40-stolen base capability. Not to mention, he'll be playing a full season in Arlington after coming to town in August last season from the White Sox. Oh, and he'll be hitting behind Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre. It's not a far-fetched possibility that he drives in 100 runs, hits 25 bombs and steals 40 bags. That's a fantasy monster, right there.
Cons: Honestly, there's not much. Rios is durable and he produces. There is the whole idea that he loafs at times and doesn't give 100 percent, but we're just not buying that.
Verdict: He's a pretty safe guy to take in the top 3-4 rounds of your draft. If he stays healthy (he usually does), he's hitting in one of the most loaded hearts of an order in the game. He'll produce.