Fantasy Baseball 2013: What To Do With Ryan Braun?

By Adam Pfeifer
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When it comes to Fantasy Baseball, one of the most popular names in the game is Ryan Braun. He hits home runs, drives in runs and steals bases, and has been one of the best players in baseball over the past few years.

Unfortunately, when it comes to PED investigations, Braun’s name is also one of the more popular.

Biogenesis news has poked it’s ugly head into the headlines again, once again surrounding superstar Braun. Major League Baseball is investigating Braun, as well as a handful of others, for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Apparently, Braun could face a suspension of up to a whopping 100 games, which is a monster scare for fantasy owners everywhere. So, with this news making headlines, what should Braun owners do now?

You may have to just wait and see. Remember, it isn’t set in stone that these suspensions will necessarily occur. Baseball is seeking to suspend these guys. And keep in mind, Braun has strongly denied these accusations in the past, so it may be difficult to prove that he is guilty. Of course, since it’s really up in the air at this point, owners cannot go very long without providing themselves with a backup option. If I owned Braun, which I don’t in any of my leagues, I’d hang onto him and simply hope for the best. There is no guarantee that he will be suspended and when he is on the field, he is a top three fantasy option. Besides, even if he does get suspended, the process could take months. Investigating and what not will surely be a distraction, but Braun dealt with it last year and won an NL MVP.

And what about if you don’t own Braun?

Perhaps you can take advantage of Braun owners who are hitting the emergency eject button, so to speak. This is an ideal opportunity to buy him at the lowest possible point you will ever see his value. Of course, it is a risky move, so I’d only look to pull the trigger if you have some serious catching up to do and need to make a risk.

Obviously, this situation stinks. However, Braun repeatedly states that he is innocent and denies these accusations. For the sake of fantasy baseball, and the integrity of the game in general, let’s hope he’s telling the truth.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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