The last two seasons have been ones to remember for Ryan Braun. Braun won the National League Most Valuable Award in 2011, and then added another very solid season in 2012 after being initially suspended for 50 games because of a failed drug test. Braun got out of the suspension after a couple months, and was drafted very high in fantasy baseball drafts done after he was cleared, and much lower in drafts before the decision.
With the 2013 Major League Baseball season now coming up soon, Braun is once again going to be a high draft pick. If I was ranking players right now, I would have Braun as my No. 3 player on the board behind just Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera. Any owner who ends up with Braun is going to be happy to have him, as I think Braun will finish with 40-45 home runs and 115-125 RBIs for the Milwaukee Brewers. Those numbers are plenty for fantasy baseball owners.
I would have no worries as a fantasy baseball owner in picking Braun as he is one of the safest picks out there. Braun is lined up to have a third straight MVP-type season, even as the Brewers appear to be regressing in the National League Central. This is the type of season where you can’t go wrong with many of the first-round selections, but if I’m an owner who has a pick closer to fifth or sixth, I would keep my eyes wide open to see if Braun falls that far. It isn’t likely, but if Braun falls, owners must get him before the first round ends.
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