Last season, Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman dominated many fantasy baseball owners’ cheat sheets. People were falling in love with his true power and many thought he would easily hit more than 35 homers in Atlanta.
However, he simply failed to live up to expectations and was once again another bench-worthy first baseman. Freeman hit 21 home runs in 2010 and naturally fantasy owners expected more from the youngster as he matured. Yet, the monster was only able to hit 23 long balls last season and to say that he disappeared for stretches would be an understatement.
Regardless, Freeman still has amazing home run potential in fantasy. His massive six-foot-five, 225-pound frame makes him more suited to be an NFL defensive end than a MLB first baseman, but his pure power at the plate is undeniable. The lefty also gets amazing matchup advantages over the predominately right-handed pitching MLB, which only gives him more hittable balls across the plate.
The first baseman did score a career-high 91 runs last season and that is a number that will likely go up with the Braves’ acquisition of both B. J. and Justin Upton this off-season. The team will make another push towards the NL Wild Card this season, so expect Freeman to post career fantasy numbers across the board.
Freeman will finally be a top-10 fantasy first baseman in 2013, so don’t let him fall too far past the fifth round. He will emerge as a fantasy superstar and will be able to hit over 30 homers.
2013 Fantasy Prediction: .283 Batting Average, 35 Home Runs, 93 RBI, .389 OBP