2013 Fantasy Baseball: 10 Players Who Should Have Been Drafted

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Which Players Make This List?

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

When the 2013 fantasy baseball season began, there were certain players that everyone drafted thinking that they would help lead owners to victories. I’m sure a lot of those players are working out, but a big part of the game is finding players in free agency or waivers that can be plugged into positions that aren’t working out. This lists ten players in particular who were likely not drafted when this season started that owners now wish they had taken a chance on.

There are pitchers and position players on this list, and I know that I wish I would have picked a few of these players for my own teams this season. Everyone can pick a player like Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout and have them lead your team to victory, but I want to believe that titles are won by the owners who are always looking at who is available and how they can improve their team with those players. I hope that you can find a way to pick up a couple of these players if you don’t have them already, but I must stress one big thing about these ten players.

While they have been great for the first two months of the season, I’m not sure all of them will be able to keep it for a full season. That is a big fear for fantasy owners trying to ride the hot hand for as long as they can. There is no one out there who knows when the end of the line is or when it is best to cut them or stick them on the bench again. This is my list of the ten players who should have been drafted this season in fantasy baseball.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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10. James Loney

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Loney is having a season that fantasy owners have been waiting a long time for. He is hitting .326 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs while turning his career around.

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9. Daniel Nava

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Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Nava is getting a lot of playing time and is taking advantage of it with a .297 average, eight home runs and 37 RBIs.

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8. Justin Masterson

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Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

There is so much that can be said about Masterson, but his 8-3 record and 3.07 ERA is helping fantasy owners in a big way.

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7. Josh Donaldson

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I didn’t see anything like Donaldson is doing this season happening. He is hitting .319 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs.

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6. Nate McLouth

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Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

McLouth is having a season to remember with a .297 batting average and four home runs to go with 12 RBIs.

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5. Patrick Corbin

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Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Corbin has turned his first full season into a showcase of his talents with a 9-0 record and 2.06 ERA.

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4. Clay Buchholz

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Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Buchholz has had an up-and-down career and is definitely having an up season this year. He is 8-0 with a 1.62 ERA.

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3. Domonic Brown

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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Brown is on track to be in the MVP discussion with his 16 home runs and 40 RBIs this season.

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2. Hisashi Iwakuma

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Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Iwakuma has come out of nowhere this year to have a 6-1 record and 2.13 ERA. I expect it to continue as the season goes on.

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1. Jean Segura

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Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Segura has been a monster this season, hitting .350 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in becoming one of the top shortstops in the game.

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Which Players Make This List?

players
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

When the 2013 fantasy baseball season began, there were certain players that everyone drafted thinking that they would help lead owners to victories. I’m sure a lot of those players are working out, but a big part of the game is finding players in free agency or waivers that can be plugged into positions that aren’t working out. This lists ten players in particular who were likely not drafted when this season started that owners now wish they had taken a chance on.

There are pitchers and position players on this list, and I know that I wish I would have picked a few of these players for my own teams this season. Everyone can pick a player like Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout and have them lead your team to victory, but I want to believe that titles are won by the owners who are always looking at who is available and how they can improve their team with those players. I hope that you can find a way to pick up a couple of these players if you don’t have them already, but I must stress one big thing about these ten players.

While they have been great for the first two months of the season, I’m not sure all of them will be able to keep it for a full season. That is a big fear for fantasy owners trying to ride the hot hand for as long as they can. There is no one out there who knows when the end of the line is or when it is best to cut them or stick them on the bench again. This is my list of the ten players who should have been drafted this season in fantasy baseball.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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10. James Loney

loney
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Loney is having a season that fantasy owners have been waiting a long time for. He is hitting .326 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs while turning his career around.

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9. Daniel Nava

nava
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Nava is getting a lot of playing time and is taking advantage of it with a .297 average, eight home runs and 37 RBIs.

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8. Justin Masterson

masterson
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

There is so much that can be said about Masterson, but his 8-3 record and 3.07 ERA is helping fantasy owners in a big way.

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7. Josh Donaldson

donaldson
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I didn’t see anything like Donaldson is doing this season happening. He is hitting .319 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs.

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6. Nate McLouth

mclouth
Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

McLouth is having a season to remember with a .297 batting average and four home runs to go with 12 RBIs.

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5. Patrick Corbin

corbin
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Corbin has turned his first full season into a showcase of his talents with a 9-0 record and 2.06 ERA.

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4. Clay Buchholz

buchholz
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Buchholz has had an up-and-down career and is definitely having an up season this year. He is 8-0 with a 1.62 ERA.

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3. Domonic Brown

brown
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Brown is on track to be in the MVP discussion with his 16 home runs and 40 RBIs this season.

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2. Hisashi Iwakuma

iwakuma
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Iwakuma has come out of nowhere this year to have a 6-1 record and 2.13 ERA. I expect it to continue as the season goes on.

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1. Jean Segura

segura
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Segura has been a monster this season, hitting .350 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in becoming one of the top shortstops in the game.


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