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Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 FANTASY BASEBALL UPDATED TOP 12/FIRST ROUND

With the free agency season pretty much finished, let's take a look at an updated version of what Round 1 in most mixed league drafts should look like in a 12 team league.

1.  Mike Trout:  I have no qualms with anyone who goes with the awesome consistency of Miguel Cabrera here but Trout gets the slight nod due to his contribution in all five ROTO categories. 

2.  Miguel Cabrera:  The most dominant and consistent hitter in fantasy baseball, Cabrera puts up video game power numbers and batting averages.  He also will gain back first base eligibility this season as he shifts there from third base.  He has more value at the hot corner though so try and keep him there.

3.  Chris Davis:  Anyone with 50 home run power won't make it past the first five picks in a drafts and Davis is one of those guys.  While he is likely to slide back a bit in total home runs, Davis has now fully arrived as a stud power guy.

4.  Paul Goldschmidt:  Nothing bad to say about one of the best young power hitters in the game and as a bonus Goldschmidt even steals bases which is extremely rare for anyone who plays first base.

5.  Adam Jones:  You can write down .300/30 HR/100 RBI/100 R/15 SB. 

6.  Andrew McCutchen:  Jones got the nod over McCutchen as his stats are a bit more consistent than his Pirates counterpart but the latter can do it all.  Guys who can contribute in all five categories or a stud power hitting first baseman should dominate almost the entire first round. 

7.  Edwin Encarnacion:  No one is talking much about Encarnacion being a first round but he certainly is.  Encarnacion would have had back-to-back 40 home run seasons if he didn't spend time on the DL in 2013 and like Paul Goldschmidt, can contribute in the steals category.  Unlike Goldschmidt, Encarnacion carries both first base and third base eligibility.

8.  Joey Votto:  Votto is slightly overrated each season as he is not a 30 home run guy but the average, runs, and RBI are all top notch.

9.  Robinson Cano:  Cano will stay a first round pick despite moving to Seattle but I say every year to not use your initial choice on anyone but a 1B or a 5-tool outfielder.  Also Cano is going to lose a few home runs in Safeco Field and more than a few RBI in that mediocre Seattle lineup.

10. Carlos Gonzalez:  Always a personal favorite of mine, CarGo was headed for an MVP season before a finger injury of all things derailed his second half.  The guy can do it all when he is on the field and if he does ever figure out how to stay healthy, the results could be insane.

11. Prince Fielder:  We very well could see Fielder go back to his 40 home run ways now that he calls Texas home this season.  Fielder has been disappointing in the power department during his two-season stay in Detroit but he goes from one extreme to another when it comes to the ballpark.

12. Clayton Kershaw:  We always have to throw the token pitcher into the first round and obviously Kershaw is the guy since he is head and shoulders better than any other starter in the entire game.

As always let us hear you thoughts.

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