2014 Outlook: A Gold Glover every year from 2001-06 before injuries took hold, Chavez has since settled in as a handy bench bat for the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks the past three seasons. Back with the latter, he'll serve as a pinch-hitter and backup third baseman, getting the occasional start when Martin Prado is needed elsewhere. NL-only owners, or mixed daily-league players, might squeeze some value out of him, but understand that Chavez declined badly as a 35-year-old the second half of 2013 (.241/.305/.386 triple-slash rates in 34 games) and he might receive fewer at-bats on a more cluttered roster than last year's.
2014 Outlook: Franco, one of the Philadelphia Phillies' top prospects, could make his major league debut sometime midseason after he batted .339/.363/.563 in 69 games in Double-A to conclude 2013. Though he's somewhat of a free-swinger, he makes consistent contact; he should be an immediate, albeit not necessarily elite, contributor in terms of batting average and home runs. The Phillies might look to him at first base in the event of a Ryan Howard injury, or third base should Cody Asche struggle, and that prospect alone makes him a worthwhile NL-only end-gamer/reserve pick.
2014 Outlook: With Emilio Bonifacio in tow and Mike Olt and Kris Bryant looming, Valbuena's days of starting at the hot corner in Wrigley Field could be numbered. Valbuena does have a little pop, as evidenced by his 17 homers in 639 big-league plate appearances the past three seasons, but it comes at the cost of a .218 average over that span. The Cubs may be forced to stick with Valbuena; you have better options.
2014 Outlook: Acquired during last July's Matt Garza trade, Olt struggled for the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate late last season, batting .168/.276/.275 in 39 games. That cast doubt upon his role for their big club in 2014, as he's a long shot to make the team out of spring training. Anthony Rizzo has first base locked down for years and Kris Bryant threatens to surge past Olt at third base soon. He could yet emerge with a hot start to 2014 in the minors, but he's more in-season pickup than draft-day consideration.
2014 Outlook: On one hand, Lucas can play all over the infield and last year hit lefties to the tune of an .883 OPS. On the other, he's 31 after finally making it to the majors last season. Miami's infield is still unsettled, so Lucas should get some playing time -- especially when a left-hander is on the mound. If you play in a daily league, you may want to check on his availability on travel days. If he's in the lineup against a lefty, chances are you'll have a spot to put him since he totes eligibility at first, second and third base.
2014 Outlook: After three seasons of hefty usage as the St. Louis Cardinals' utility man, Descalso's playing time is at major risk for the first time in his career. Bear in mind that the team now has a packed infield of Matt Carpenter at third base, Jhonny Peralta at shortstop and Mark Ellis/Kolten Wong at second base. Descalso will have to fight for at-bats, and considering his modest .243/.310/.346 lifetime big-league rates, any loss of playing time will make him less attractive even in NL-only formats. He's more in-season pickup than draft target, if an injury opens a regular infield spot.
2014 Outlook: A plus-defender in both the infield and outfield, Amarista should again play all over the diamond this year. Plus, his dual eligibility (with more to come) may aid with lineup flexibility in deeper leagues.
2014 Outlook: The No. 2 pick overall in the 2013 amateur draft, Bryant managed .336/.390/.688 rates and nine home runs in 36 games across three low minor-league levels, then scored Arizona Fall League MVP honors by batting .364/.457/.727 with six homers in 20 contests, in 2013. He was considered one of the most talented -- and more importantly, polished -- prospects in the draft, and has an outside chance at some time in Wrigley Field by year's end. A big-time power prospect, albeit one who might struggle to hit for a high average initially, Bryant is quite the stash in dynasty formats.