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Player profile: Cody Ross

Certain players have a reputation and a big name that inflates their fantasy value. Other players don't have much of a name and generate little buzz or create amnesia for fantasy owners when drafting. Marlins outfielder Cody Ross fits into this category.

He isn't a flashy pick and he's not even someone to target. But considering how little he will cost in an auction or how late you can draft him in snake drafts (current ADP of 281 on, he's someone to keep in your mind.

He has hit at least 20 home runs in two consecutive seasons. He hit 22 in 461 at-bats in 2008 and 24 last season in 559 at-bats to go along with 90 RBIs and he added five stolen bases. He won't help much in average with a .260 mark in 2008 and .270 last season and his runs scored will be low. His strikeout rate is high and he doesn't walk much, but he hits a lot of fly balls and has a good line drive rate.

You could get Ross as your No. 5 OF in mixed leagues right now. He's going undrafted in some drafts. If it's late in your draft, you need an outfielder and could use 20-25 home runs, consider Ross as an option.

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