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Twenty-five days into the new year, I'm going to be posting all e-mails along with the answers for the benefit of everyone. We're all one family -- although I haven't determined who is the drunken uncle yet -- and the more we can help each other out, the better we'll all be for it. If you wish to remain anonymous in your e-mails, just say so.

From Tony:

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Hey Dave,

Just wondering if you're a bigger fan of Crawford or Sizemore? They seem to go for a similar rate in auctions. Whose your choice?? Also, do you think Holliday is going to be worth the monster money it'll take to get him? About catchers: is it worth it, to you, to spend big on one of the top 4 catchers and sacrifice spending elsewhere, or would you take that money, spend it on someone in the outfield or corner position, and then settle on a guy like Johjima for catcher?

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Answer:

I'm more of a Carl Crawford guy at this point. I think if you are looking at it from the standpoint of stock market value, then Crawford costs more simply because Grady Sizemore had sort of a down year last season.

Crawford is money for .300, 50 stolen bases and 100 runs -- and his team is garbage. If they improved a little bit, who knows how high the ceiling goes.

Sizemore is a five-tool guy -- maybe better value in the draft because he'll probably go a bit after Crawford -- but I like the stolen bases and average of Crawford.

Normally, one thing I continuously avoid in fantasy sports is guys who are in the first year of a major contract. Mr. Clean, Matt Holliday, falls into that category, but the fact that he plays at Coors Field should make that a wash. The Rockies kept Garrett Atkins and Holliday -- something they originally thought they wouldn't be able to do -- and Holliday is in the heart of a lethal batting order with protection in baseball's most favorable fantasy park.

Catcher is one of the most important positions because that's where you are at either a severe advantage or disadvantage, depending on who you own. Outfield is almost like running back in the NFL or center in the NHL -- even if you're top guys bust, somebody will get hot on the waiver-wire that you can pick up. Same thing goes with pitchers. But there is such a dearth of talent at the catcher position that it is worth overpaying to have that advantage. Russell Martin is a 20/20 catcher on the rise, while Victor Martinez led most of the power batting categories among catchers last year. I like those guys.

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