Initial impressions: Five 2013 fantasy baseball value plays

      December 5, 2012 @ 19:45:56 PDT

Five players who already smell undervalued for the 2013 campaign

C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers - Some drafters will forget to account for the eight weeks he missed because of a fractured bone in his right hand. He batted .320 with 12 homers in 346 plate appearances.

1B Ryan Howard, Phillies - He may not age well, and he probably won't hit better than .250. But he's 33, not 36, and he'll have put a ton of distance between him and that torn Achilles' tendon when ST rolls around. He mashed 14 homers and drove in 56 in 292 plate appearances this past season.

2B Rickie Weeks, Brewers - Twice in the past three years, he's played for a full season. He was a different hitter in the second half of this past one: He batted .261 with 13 home runs and 10 stolen bases. Amazing what a healthy lower body does for a guy.

3B Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays - Toronto's new lineup is stacked, but Lawrie will have a place in it. Even if it's a low one, he'll produce closer to what expectations were for him in 2012 rather than the maligned .273 with 11 bombs and 13 steals the soon-to-be 23-year-old actually put up.

SS Stephen Drew, free agent - The Diamondbacks expected him to return from a broken ankle much too soon. The .263 average and five homers he recorded for the A's in September are representative of what a healthy Drew - who may have to settle for a short-term deal and prove it - can really do.

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Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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