2013 Fantasy Baseball Preseason Predictions
2013 Fantasy Baseball Awards
The 2013 fantasy baseball season is almost here and we only have a couple more weeks until all our hard work is realized.
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera had a magical season last year. He finished with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 139 RBI in 2012. Miggy won the first Triple Crown since 1967 and had the most dominating fantasy season in the history of the sport. Miggy will be one of the favorites for fantasy MVP this year, but don’t count out Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout or Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen either.
Last year, rookies Mike Trout and Bryce Harper took the fantasy world by storm. The 2013 season will also have some strong rookies to keep an eye out for as well, including Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton, St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller, and Texas Rangers 2B/SS Jurickson Profar. This will be one of the most competitive races for Fantasy Rookie of the Year that we have ever seen, so make sure to target the right ones in dynasty leagues.
There are also several players in contention for the Comeback Player of the Year award. Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester was once an elite southpaw, but he had a miserable 2012 outing. Additionally, San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum will want to prove he belongs in the rotation again. Also Toronto Blue Jays newly acquired SP, Josh Johnson, will want to post a record better than 8-14 he did with the Miami Marlins last season.
Fantasy baseball often times comes down to knowing who to pick and who to avoid. To help you in your drafts this month, here are my complete 2013 fantasy baseball awards and predictions:
3B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – After Miggy won the Triple Crown last year, most people will expect his numbers to go down. However, the slugger is in his prime and will be posting very similar numbers to his amazing 2012 season.
Bust of the Year
Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants – Sandoval was the superstar of San Francisco's World Series run last year, especially since the slugger hit three homers in the first game of the World Series.
Sandy only hit 12 homers in 108 games last year, and has continuously missed time throughout his entire career. He may have had one big game in the finals, but don’t pay for that one big game. There are better options out there, and for much less.
Rookie of the Year
Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks – Eaton has sole possession of center field with Justin Upton now playing for the Atlanta Braves along side his brother. Eaton has amazing speed and some underrated pop; so don’t be surprised to see him put up a 20-20 season in his rookie year.
Comeback Player of the Year
SP Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants – The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was one of the worst fantasy pitchers of 2012. He finished with a 10-15 record, but what hurt fantasy owners the most was his embarrassing 5.18 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. It was officially a down year, when the superstar pitcher was delegated to a role in the bullpen in the postseason.
Fantasy owners are hoping a new haircut means a new Lincecum in 2013. He still managed to strike out 190 batters in 186 innings of work, so at least Big Time Timmy Jim was still racking up the K’s. Don’t shy away from him this year, though, because he will bounce back from his miserable 2012 season. Honestly, things can only go up from here for Lincecum.
AL MVP: 3B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
NL MVP: OF Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewes
AL CY YOUNG: SP Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
NL CY YOUNG: SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
AL ROOKIE OF YEAR: OF Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays
NL ROOKIE OF YEAR: OF Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks