It’s never too early to start looking at your fantasy baseball keepers for 2013. Once the season is over, many leagues require you to report your keepers as soon as possible. If that is the case in your league, you have no doubt already started to consider who the best of the best are at each position in trying to determine who your keepers will be. Once the season comes to an end, we’ll spend some time putting together lists of Top Ten players, rookies and sleepers at each and every fantasy baseball position
In the meantime, let’s take a quick look at some of the players that you should be considering as the top keeper at each fantasy baseball position.
The only thing holding him back from the number one spot coming into this season was the fact that his health was in question as he returned from a serious leg injury. As a rookie in 2010, he found himself batting clean-up for the World Series champs. Yes, he’s THAT good. He would be a great fantasy player regardless of his position but the fact that he has eligibility at one of the most unpredictable roster spots in fantasy makes him the number one keeper at the position.
First Base – Albert Pujols (LAA)
Sure, he got off to a slow start for a second straight year but once he heated up, Prince Albert has turned his season around in dramatic style. With Miguel Cabrera
losing position eligibility for next year, Pujols is the class of the position.
Second Base – Robinson Cano (NYY)
He always seems to have his detractors but there isn’t much not to like when it comes to Cano. At a position which has become noticeable lacking in regard to a depth of players able to help in multiple categories, Cano brings you everything you could possibly want except for decent stolen base numbers. The fact that cheap speed is always available off the waiver wire makes Cano a top pick in fantasy, not to mention the cream of the crop at the keystone.
Third Base – Miguel Cabrera (DET)
A move across the diamond has made Cabrera even more valuable, if that was possible. Gaining position eligibility at a much weaker position makes him all the more desirable to fantasy owners in any format. Even with a healthy Jose Bautista available, Cabrera is your man at the hot corner.
A wasted season due to injury might take Tulo off some owners’ radar but he still is king of the hill at his position. Entering this season Tulo topped many owners draft wish lists as a potential first overall pick. The injury drops him down from that lofty height but he is still the number one fantasy shortstop in the game.
Ryan Braun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Outfield – Ryan Braun (MIL)
Matt Kemp may have had a career year in 2011 and was off to a blazing start to the 2012 campaign before being sidelined by injury. Regardless of potential, Braun is the most consistent fantasy performer in the outfield.
Don’t let a few bumps in the road late in the season fool you. Verlander has proven himself as the go-to starting pitcher for fantasy owners. Wins, strikeouts, ERA, WHIP. Verlander is money in the bank.
Relief Pitcher – Craig Kimbrel (ATL)
There’s no doubt that Aroldis Chapman (CIN) has had an amazing season as well at closer but late season shoulder issues and talk of moving him into the Reds starting rotation in 2013 make Kimbrel the top pick for next season.
If you can get one of these keepers on your team for 2013, you should be in a good position to build your roster accordingly. If you can get more than one of these guys, you just might be able to dominate.