The NL West gives us a group of first baseman that are young and upcoming as well as an aging superstar. The Philadelphia Phillies‘ Ryan Howard is a year removed from Achilles’ surgery which limited his 2012 season to 71 games where he put up 28 runs, 14 HRs, 56 RBIs, and hit a career low .219. Look for a bounce back in 2013 from the aging star with 74 runs, 28 HRs, 81 RBIs, 1 SB, and a .255 AVG.
In 2012, the Washington Nationals Adam Laroche hit a career-best 33 HR. He had his best all around season leading the Nationals to bring him back for another playoff run in 2013. While I don’t expect him to eclipse his 2012 numbers, look for 69 runs, 25 HRs, 82 RBIs, 1 SB, and a .260 AVG.
One of the biggest fantasy baseball disappointments in 2012 was the New York Mets Ike Davis. His early season struggles led him to most leagues waiver wires. He ended up with respectable numbers with 66 runs, 32 HRs, 90 RBIs, but killed you with a .227 AVG. Look for 79 runs, 29 HRs, 84 RBIs and a .264 AVG in 2013.
A big sleeper in many leagues this year is the Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman. You will have to draft him early in most leagues should you want him on your team. Look for Freeman to put up 85 runs, 24 HRs, 93 RBIs, 3 SB, and a .281 AVG.
Then we come to the Miami Marlins, and one of teams few veterans, Logan Morrison. Logan couldn’t find his way out of Ozzie Guillen’s dog house last season. Well, Ozzie is gone, but so is any protection in the Marlins lineup not named Giancarlo Stanton. Look for 60 runs, 19 HR, 65 RBI, 4 SB, and a .255 AVG from baseball’s most entertaining Tweeter.
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