Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 1

by KFFL Staff on March 13, 2013 @ 09:45:17 PDT


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1) Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Compelling arguments could be made for Ryan Braun or Miguel Cabrera being the top pick, but I couldn't pass up Trout. Regression from a historically great season is likely, but picking up extra games as a result of not opening 2013 in the minors, as he did in 2012, should help offset it.

2) Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera
He's pretty good, too

Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster

Hard to go wrong with both Braun and Miguel Cabrera on the board. Some people are worried about a possible 50 game suspension based on the Biogenesis clinic evidence, but I will take my chances that Braun escapes punishment. He is a 5 category monster and the easy pick for me here.

3) Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit Tigers

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster

The most consistent hitter in the game. He lacks the speed of others taken at the top of most drafts, but he makes up for it with unmatched consistent excellence. I would never have taken Mike Trout here, so I was very pleased when this future HOFamer fell to me.

4) Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

Recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, Kemp may seem to be a risky pick, particularly before he's demonstrated his health in spring training games. But recall that he was the #1 player in 2011 and began 2012 even hotter before injuries derailed his season. If he's healthy, he should challenge to be the best player in fantasy baseball again in 2013. And if he's not fully healthy ... well, he still managed to swat 6 HR in September after tearing his labrum - that's a pretty high floor.

5) Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

After learning I received the fifth pick, I figured my choice would be Matt Kemp or Cano when I had to pick. Kemp goes before me, so I get Cano, which is just fine by me. I love getting the top player at a scarce position. He is as steady as it gets in fantasy baseball, posting a .300 average with 25-plus home runs and about 100 RBIs each of the last four seasons.

6) Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster

I assumed my top 5 picks would be off the board, so I knew it would come down to a choice of McCutchen or Joey Votto. I went with McCutchen who is a star on the rise and a major contributor in all five roto categories. I expect a big season of .300 with 30 home runs, 100 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 30 stolen bases. You can't ask for much more from your 1st round pick.

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