Fantasy Baseball Strategy Special:
1st Round Mock Draft
BEAST DOME NATION.
We are full swing 100% engines forward into Baseball season. The 1st Round in Fantasy Baseball is an important one as this player has to be ROCK SOLID for all of 2013 if you want your chances of winning to be a little easier. The question remains, who do I draft First, who should I take?
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#1 MATT KEMP – OF – LAD
#2 MIKE TROUT – OF – LAA
# 3 ROBINSON CANO – 2B – NYY
#4 RYAN BRUAN – OF – MIL
#5 ALBERT PUJOLS – 1B – LAA
#6 MIGUEL CABRERA – 3B – DET
#7 JOSH HAMILTON – OF – LAA
#8 CARLOS GONZALEZ – OF – COL
#9 TROY TULOWITZKI – SS – COL
#10 JUSTIN VERLANDER – SP – DET
When you take Justin Verlander in the 1st Round. You know you have an Ace who will give you that big pitching performance when you need it most. With the return of Victor Martinez and the addition of Torii Hunter, you can expect a lot more run support. Because the Tigers have such a bad bullpen, you will have a fun time seeing Verlander go Complete Games, which could lead to those epic 14 strikeout performances.
#11 CLAYTON KERSHAW – SP – LAD
Kershaw had one of his worst seasons last year with a 2.50 ERA and less than 230 Ks. That’s how good he is, and his potential is still sky high as he turns 25 this month. The Dodgers Bullpen is rock solid this year, the team as a whole has World Series on their mind, and the offense should be the best in the NL. Take Kershaw with the confidence knowing you have one of the best pitchers in the game who could lead in every category.
#12 STEPHEN STRASBURG – SP – WAS
1st Round Busts
*These players are being suggested by other sites to take in Round #1*
JOEY VOTTO – 1B – CIN
Votto is now 29 Years Old and has only had one dominant/BEAST season of Fantasy baseball where he hit 37 HR/113 RBI/106 Runs/16 SB with a .324 Average. This all happened back 2010.
While Joey could still lead the MLB in batting average, the Power and RBI potential at the 1B position is so deep, that his numbers don’t stand out enough when you can wait until the end of your draft to pull a player like Chris Davis. Davis could easily hit 35+ HRs, and while he will not hit above .300, you can use your 1st round pick on something more wise and more “ahead of the pack” material. Not just a great guy at a deep position.
PRINCE FIELDER – 1B – DET
Prince hit 50 HRs in 2007. Ever since he became a vegetarian in 2008, he has only hit over 40 HRs once. Last season in Comerica park, “Where hitters go to have a hard time.” Prince was only able to knock out 30 HRs/108 RBIs while hitting .313. While those numbers are good, Albert Pujols was able to do the same thing while going negative for the first month and a half. The ballpark does not favor Prince to be a 50 HR player, and I would rather get a game changer player in the 1st round, then a 1B with 35 HR potential when there are studs like Chris Davis who go much later. Do not get fooled by the Prince, those 50 HRs will not come.
Top 300 Coming in the next Draft Guide.
Muntradamus is a Fantasy Sports Expert who specializes in Fantasy Football/Baseball/Basketball. He is currently in his second season as a Pro on FantasyPros coming off of an impressive Rookie Campaign where he landed the #10 Overall In-Season Fantasy Football Rankings Expert. Which also included #1 WR of all Expert Sites. He is also one of two people to qualify for all DRAFTSTREET CHAMPIONSHIPS in 2012. Most Historically, Muntradamus was the #1 Fantasy Football Expert of IDP & Overall Rankings in One Week, first time in Fantasy Sports History.