Fantasy baseball players forgetting Ryan Braun's ego

      March 6, 2014 @ 08:25:44 PDT

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Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun
Come on ... of course he's angry!

It's beyond me (and especially most verbal detractors) to pinpoint any talk of down cycles from his PEDs. Nagging injuries last year more directly caused turmoil. Heck, maybe the fact he was about to get caught was weighing on him, too.

Braun has paid for his misgivings, but even with all the apologies, he's not going to forget his downfall. Just as he (or his lawyers via his voice) compulsively attacked Dino Laurenzi Jr., it'll power him into another elite year out of spite toward those who boo him.

My draft board starts with Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gonzalez, Adam Jones and Clayton Kershaw. I'd gladly draft Braun over Bryce Harper, Jacoby Ellsbury, Troy Tulowitzki, Hanley Ramirez and any remaining first baseman. Likely Robinson Cano, too.

Buying a mere 20-20 season with a .280 BA doesn't leave much risk for a late-first-round floor when you consider what else Braun has done.

He has a long way to go to rehabilitate his PR, but fantasy owners aren't looking for spin. His work at the plate -- and his pride -- will be just fine.

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