Fantasy baseball owners can be fickle, extremely fickle. Remember last year, around this time when we were all trying to decide between Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, and Adrian Gonzalez for who would be the first, first basemen to be drafted? Here we sit, one year later, and all of a sudden Gonzalez’s name has fallen so far off the radar that he’s going in the middle of the fifth round.
The Los Angeles Dodgers slugger certainly had a down year in 2012, but he has become one of the forgotten stars of Major League Baseball, and you can use this to your advantage. I tend to be a track record over recent memory type of thinker, and following that logic, Gonzalez is going to be a monumental steal in 2013 fantasy drafts.
While yes, the power looked to have evaporated in 2012, but Gonzalez still posted 108 RBI and a .299 batting average. Prior to 2012, he had posted six straight 24 plus homer seasons, never batting below .277 or posting less than 82 RBI during that stretch. He has been an absolute rock and perhaps was the safest player in fantasy going into 2012.
While it’s hard to look past his disastrous 2012, he figures to rebound well with a change of scenery. Perhaps getting out of Boston was just what he needed. Now he is out of the public eye in LA and can put up big numbers without the East Coast media always on his back. Gonzalez is still what you thought he was, and I would draft him accordingly.
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