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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Outfielder Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kemp was limited to 106 games, but still managed to produce a .303-74-23-69-9 line. At 28 he’s in the midst of his prime and could easily be the top outfielder.
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2. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
Braun didn’t let the PED rumors affect him with his .319-108-41-112-30 line. He has the goods to be a five-category stud again.
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3. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
McCutchen took the next step by adding power to his arsenal. His .327-107-31-96-20. He’s truly a five-category stud now.
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4. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
CarGo also produces in all five categories. Last year he posted a .303-89-22-85-20 line in 135 games. He has never played more than 145 games though, which keeps him out of my top four spots.
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5. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Stanton has power for days too. He’s only 23 and he’s averaged 31 home runs in his three seasons. He should move into 40-HR territory this year. Fifty bombs isn’t out of the question.
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6. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
Holliday did not suffer from Albert Pujols’ departure. All he did was post a .295-95-27-102-4 line. He puts up a similar line every year.
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7. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Harper was a little overlooked because of the season than Mike Trout had, but his .270-98-22-59-18 season was a good starting point. Harper was just 19 last year.
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8. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves
Upton has a new home. He’s a five-category performer and while he doesn’t dominate in any category, he’s solid across the board.
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9. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
Bruce has averaged a .254-87-33-98-9 line over the past two seasons. He’ll turn 26 in April. He could also reach the 40-HR club.
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10. Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Heyward bounced back from a soft 2011 season with a .269-93-27-82-21 line. At 23 there is plenty of room for growth.
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11. Shin-Soo Choo, Cincinnati Reds
Choo is a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. His move to Cincinnati should be beneficial.
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12. B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves
You’ll have to live with Upton’s .255 lifetime average, but he’s a solid producer in runs, home runs and RBI. Where he really leaves his mark is in the stolen base category. He’s averaged 39 over the past five seasons.
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13. Norichika Aoki, Milwaukee Brewers
Aoki posted a solid .288-79-10-50-30 line last year. His main contribution comes in stolen bases, but he should hit for average and score a healthy amount of runs.
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14. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
Pence has combined for 13 stolen bases the past two seasons after swiping double-digit bags in his first four seasons. That hurts his value. He his hit 20 or more home runs the past four seasons, but could struggle to reach that mark this year. His OPS was .671 after coming over from the Philadelphia Phillies.
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15. Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals
Beltran played over his head posting a .269-83-32-97-13 line. His OPS was .924 before the All-Star Break and .742 after. He’s still a solid third outfielder, but don’t expect a repeat of the power numbers.
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16. Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ethier bounced back with a .284-79-20-89-2 line after hitting just 11 home runs in 2011. He won’t return to his 2009 numbers, but he should match last year’s production.
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17. Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies
Cuddy was limited to 101 games, but still managed to score 53 runs, hit 16 home runs, drive in 58 runs and steal eight bases. Assuming he can stay healthy, he should put up much better numbers this year.
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18. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals
Werth is coming off a broken wrist, which makes him a risk. His power was already on the decline. I would target somebody else unless he slides in your draft.
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19. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals
Craig posted a solid .307-76-22-92-2 line last year. He has injury history, but he’s valuable because he also has first base eligibility.
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20. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Prado can be used at either third base or in the outfield slot. He tends to provide a quality average along with decent run and RBI totals.
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21. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers
He’s an injury risk and won’t be ready to start the season. If he can stay healthy, he has big time potential.
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22. Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants
Pagan is a three category (batting average, runs, stolen bases) contributor. He’s a solid number two NL-Only outfielder.
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23. Cameron Maybin, San Diego Padres
If Maybin could improve his lifetime .314 on-base percentage, he’d improve his counting numbers. He remains a quality stolen base contributor.
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24. Jason Kubel, Arizona Diamondbacks
Kubel offers help in your home run and RBI categories. He has averaged 22.2 home runs and 84.2 RBI over the past five years.
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25. Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies
Revere swiped 40 bases last year and 34 in 2011. He doesn’t offer much elsewhere.
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Mike Trout
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Outfielder Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Trout was the MVP in a lot of people’s eyes even during Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown. His .326-129-30-83-49 season was historic, especially when you consider he wasn’t called up until the end of April. The sky is the limit for Trout.
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2. Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels
Hamilton has a new home, but his offense should be just as potent. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be a four-category stud.
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 3. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
Bautista was limited to 92 games last year, but he still managed 27 home runs. He brings big-time power to the table.
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4. Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox
Ellsbury was limited to 74 games last year and his numbers really suffered. He’s a bit of a risk, but in 2011 his numbers resembled Trout’s last year.
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5. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
Jones took another step forward in the power department, smacking 32 round-trippers. He finished with a .287-103-32-82-16 line.
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6. Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland A’s
Cespedes was able to handle the transition to MLB pitching with a .292-70-23-82-16 line in 129 games. He should be even better in his second year in America.
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7. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
I love Zobrist for his versatility. I’d likely use him at second base or shortstop before plugging him into my outfield. That said, he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 HRs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases over the past four years.
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8. Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays
Jennings came into 2012 with a lot of hype, but other than runs (85) and stolen bases (31), he was pretty nondescript. He has the tools to add to both power and speed categories.
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9. Alex Rios , Chicago White Sox
Rios bounced back from a hideous 2011 campaign with a .304-93-25-91-23 line. He seems to fluctuate more than other high-end outfielders so he’s a bit of a risk, but when he’s on, he’s a five-category contributor.
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10. Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers
Jackson bounced back with a .300 average after hitting .249 in 2011. He has scored at least 90 runs in his three seasons, twice reaching 103 runs. His home run total has increased every year and he’s better than the 12 stolen bases last year indicate. He has a decent shot of producing a 20-20 season. He could easily be a top 15 outfielder.
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11. Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians
Bourn is a guy to target if you’re going after the stolen base category. He’s a career .272 hitter so he’s not an asset (or liability) in that category. He should be a solid runs contributor, but don’t expect help in the power categories.
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12. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Gordon took a step back last year, but there was still plenty to be pleased with his .294-93-14-72-10 line. He’s a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories.
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13. Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels
Trumbo has 61 home runs over the past two seasons. He doesn’t score many runs or hit for average, but he should provide plenty of power, especially in that offense.
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14. Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees
Granderson’s broken arm drops him out of the top 10, but he’s still a solid second outfielder. He has 84 home runs over the past two seasons, and while he wont’ reach the 40-HR mark a third straight season, he should flirt with 30.
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15. Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays
Cabrera is a bit of a wildcard coming off his suspension, but he landed in a good place.
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16. Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox
Victorino’s move to Boston should be a good one. He figures to score a lot of runs and steal a bunch of bases. He should be decent in the home run and batting average categories.
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17. Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins
Willingham has plenty of power. He smacked 35 home runs with 110 RBI last year. While I don’t expect him to repeat that production, he should hit close to 30 bombs with 100 RBI.
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18. Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers
Cruz was finally able to stay healthy, but his numbers declined as he posted a .260-86-24-90-8 line. He should bounce back, but he’s an injury risk.
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19. Ichiro Suzuki, New York Yankees
Ichiro got a jolt from being shipped to the Yankees. He should continue to provide a solid batting average, run total and stolen base total.
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20. Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles
Markakis has not reached 80 runs, 16 home runs, or 75 RBI since 2009. He hits for average (.295 career hitter), but does not stand out anywhere else.
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21. Michael Morse, Seattle Mariners
Morse’s return to Seattle doesn’t bode well for his fantasy numbers, despite the improved dimensions of Safeco Field. He has power potential, but he has only reach 500 at bats one time in his career.
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22. Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays
Rasmus has power, but he is a batting average liability, which minimizes his run and RBI appeal.
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23. Alejandro De Aza, Chicago White Sox
De Aza’s main contribution will come in the stolen bases category. He should provide a decent batting average and run total as well.
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 24. Nick Swisher, Cleveland Indians
Swisher has quietly averaged 25.9 home runs over the past eight seasons.
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 25. Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers
Hunter is a solid contributor in all five categories.
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Buster Posey
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Catcher Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Posey led the Majors with a .336 batting average. He led all catchers with 103 RBI. I’m not sure there is much he can’t do. Last year he finished with a .336-78-24-103-1 line.
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2. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks
Montero has back-to-back years hitting better than .280 with at least 15 home runs and 86 RBI. He’s been better in the second half the past two years so you’ll have to be a little patient.
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3. Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies
Rosario led all catchers last year with 28 home runs. His .270-67-28-71-4 line was impressive. His home and away splits (.957 OPS vs. .721) are a small cause for concern.
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4. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Molina has been a model of consistency, but blew up last year with a .315-65-22-76-12 line. Even if regression is likely, he should remain one of the league’s top catchers.
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5. Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
McCann hit at least 20 home runs for the fifth straight season, but struggled mightily with a .230 batting average. He’s a lifetime .279 hitter so I expect him to bounce back. He’ll miss the start of the year as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but he should be a pretty nice value.
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6. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Lucroy was limited to 96 games last year thanks to a broken hand, but he hit .320 with 46 runs, 16 home runs, 58 RBI and four stolen bases. His OPS, which was .881 last year, has improved each year.
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7. Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies
Ruiz put on a display last year turning in a .325-56-16-68-4 line. Unfortunately he got popped for taking performance-enhancing drugs so he’ll miss the first 25 games of the year. He’s a solid option once he returns, but you’ll have to make alternative plans early.
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8. Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets
He wont’ make an impact early, but d’Arnaud could finish the season as solid fantasy catcher option, particularly in NL-Only leagues. Last year he turned in a .333-45-16-52-1 line in 279 at-bats for Triple-A Las Vegas.
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9. Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates
Martin struggles with his batting average, but he is a decent source of home runs and stolen bases.
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10. A.J. Ellis, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ellis had a modest .270-44-13-52-0 line last year. He’s not going to carry you by any means, but at least his average isn’t a hindrance.
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Catcher Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Mauer doesn’t provide power. Deal with it. He hit .319 with 81 runs, which was the most among catchers. He only hit 10 home runs, but had 85 RBI and eight stolen bases. Four out of five categories isn’t bad.
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2. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
Wieters smacked 20-plus home runs for the second season in a row. He really took a leap forward with a career high 83 RBI.
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3. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Santana had a dip in his power, but still managed a very productive .252-72-18-76-3 line. He’s a solid bet to contribute in runs, home runs and RBI.
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4. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
Perez had an impressive .301-38-11-39-0 line despite being limited to 76 games. He has a bright future if he can stay healthy.
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5. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Napoli clubbed 20 home runs for the fifth straight year. His 2011 batting average was a fluke, but the power should be there in Boston. Napoli has a 1.107 lifetime OPS in Fenway Park.
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6. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Martinez won’t catch this year, but you can take advantage of his eligibility. He’s 34 and coming off an injury, but he brings a big bat to the table. Not to mention, he’s playing in a pretty potent offense with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
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7. Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners
Montero posted a decent .260-46-15-62-0 line. The numbers didn’t quite live up to the hype, but he’s just 23 and the Mariners shortened the outfield dimensions. Look for a jump in power.
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8. A.J. Pierzynski, Texas Rangers
A.J. had never reached the 20-HR plateau until he smacked 27 last year. That number is bound to go down, but he should still put up solid numbers for the Rangers.
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9. Ryan Doumit, Minnesota Twins
Doumit will play a fair share of catcher, but should see plenty of at bats as the primary designated hitter as well. He posted a solid .275-56-18-75-0 line. Staying healthy will be the key, and all of those at bats at DH should help his cause
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10. Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers
Avila had a huge drop from his 2011 season when he slugged 19 home runs and drove in 82 runs. He won’t return to that level, but he should top last year’s .243-42-9-48-2 line.
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Shortstop Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Despite being limited to 47 games last year, Tulo hangs on to the number one spot in my preseason rankings for the third straight year. He still had a solid .846 OPS and projected to a .287-114-28-93-7 season if you extrapolated his numbers over a full season.
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2. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ramirez is a nice option because he also has third base eligibility. He has tailed off a bit in recent years, but his .257-79-24-92-21 line is not one to take lightly. He’s capable of even better numbers.
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3. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
Castro will turn 23 this month and has already established that he can handle big league pitching. Last year he turned in a .283-78-14-78-25 line. He should only get better.
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4. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Desmond showed a nice power-speed combination with 25 home runs and 21 stolen bases. He could stand to provide more runs (72) and RBI (73), but it’s hard to be upset with his overall numbers, which included a .292 batting average.
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5. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
J-Roll left plenty to be desired with his .250 batting average, but his 102 runs, 23 home runs, 68 RBI and 30 stolen bases were impressive. He’s 34 though, so it’s unlikely he can match that production.
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6. Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies
Rutledge will play second base for the Rockies, but has shortstop eligibility from replacing Troy Tulowitzki last year. Rutledge hit eight home runs and stolen seven bases in 73 games, which projects to 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases in a full season.
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7. Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
Cozart struggled last year hitting .246, but he hit 15 home runs. He should also approach double-digit stolen bases.
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8. Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres
Cabrera is a one-trick pony. If you’re using him, it’s for his stolen base potential alone. He is a non-factor in every other category.
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9. Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants
Scutaro is 37 so the upside is minimal. He should contribute in the batting average, runs and RBI categories
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10. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Simmons has just 166 at-bats under his belt, but he will start the season batting leadoff, which should lead to solid counting numbers.
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Jose Reyes Blue Jays
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Shortstop Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Reyes turned in an impressive .287-86-11-57-40 line with the Miami Marlins. Once again he finds himself entering the season with a new home. He should transition nicely to the American League and put up monster numbers in their potent offense.
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2. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist has a lot of versatility with second base, shortstop and outfield eligibility. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 HRs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases. You’ll have to live with his .260 lifetime batting average.
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3. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
Cabrera regressed as expected, but his .270-70-16-68-9 line was more than adequate for a starting fantasy shortstop. He should deliver some solid pop in the shortstop position.
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4. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
There are a number of ways to go at the middle of AL-Only fantasy shortstop class. You can go with power with J.J. Hardy or all-around play like Derek Jeter or Alexei Ramirez. Escobar swiped 35 bases last year, and he gives you a solid jump in that category. He should also provide a solid amount of runs and decent average.
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5. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Jeter turned back the clock with a .316-99-15-58-9 line. He’ll turn 39 in June, but it’s hard to write him off when he just keeps producing.
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6. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Andrus saw his stolen base total drop from 37 to 21. He’s been caught stealing 37 times over the past three seasons. A lot of his value is based on his stolen base total so there is a little concern. Andrus has improved his batting average from .266 in his first two years to .283 the past two. He has averaged 89.7 runs the past two seasons and has even averaged a respectable 61 RBI the past two seasons. He has 14 career home runs. Four out of five categories isn’t bad.
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7. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
Ramirez’s .265-59-9-73-20 line is below his norm. He is a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. He should be better in 2013.
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8. J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Hardy is known for two things. He has some solid pop for a shortstop (20-plus home runs in four of the past six year) and he gets dinged up. His batting average and lack of stolen bases hurts his value, but he is a decent option for runs and RBI.
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9. Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
Aybar is a solid contributor in the steals category and a decent contributor in the runs and batting average category. Aybar offers little in the home run or RBI category, but he’s a good value option.
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10. Stephen Drew, Boston Red Sox
Drew is a solid risk option, particularly in AL-Only leagues. His health is a constant concern, but if he can stay healthy, he should do well in Boston.
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David Wright Mets
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Third Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. David Wright, New York Mets
Wright returned to form with a stellar .306-91-21-93-15. He has alternated good and bad year since 2008. Hopefully he can buck that trend.
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2. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Hanley has not been the same force as earlier in his career, but his .257-79-24-92-21 line was solid. He’s only 29 and should be even better in an improved offense.
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3. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Zimmerman is solid, but has missed 98 games over the past three years. When he’s healthy he delivers in all 5×5 categories besides stolen bases.
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4. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
Ramirez has not played 150 games since 2006, but did play 149 games in each of the past two seasons. He has hit 25 or more home runs in nine of his last 10 seasons.
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5. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
Kung Fu Panda came alive during the World Series. He routinely hits for a solid average and has the ability to improve on his power numbers.
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6. Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
I don’t think he can come close to the .286-95-31-115-17 line. Even with a pretty serious regression, he could have a solid year. He’s a solid bet for a nice home run/stolen base combo.
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7. David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals
Freese had a solid .293-70-20-79-3 2012 line. He built upon his strong 2011 postseason and I feel there is more room for growth.
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8. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Prado is a low-end third baseman to target if you’re looking more for batting average than power. He tends to provide decent run and RBI totals. Last year he stole 17 bases after stealing just 13 in his first 227 games. I’d figure on a .300-80-12-65-10 line.
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9. Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies
At 36, Young isn’t likely to return to the days of 90 runs, 20 home runs or 80 RBI. He should hit at a solid clip, but I would be surprised with anything better than a .300-70-12-70-5 line.
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10. Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Alvarez will continue to be a batting average liability, but he realized his power potential, smacking 30 bombs last year.
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