Everybody has their guys. Maybe you like rookies, or pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery, or post-hype sleepers. Maybe you fill a spreadsheet with data and trust your formula. Maybe you go to a dozen spring training games and trust your eyes. Maybe you throw it all in a blender and trust your gut. What you see below are my guys for the 2013 fantasy season – the players I'll be targeting in my drafts, and a handful that I won't have under any circumstances.
These types of articles always end on such a low note – 10 players you like, getting you all excited about drafting, then five you don't, reminding you of how disappointing baseball players can be. Let's do it differently this year! I'll lead off with five players you want to avoid in any league, then give you the 10 you should be targeting, so you turn the page enthusiastic about the 2013 season.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE: The Bourn Conundrum? As Santa loaded up his sleigh with presents for all the girls and boys, the center fielder was unemployed. With all the other free-agent center fielders off the market and a couple of teams addressing their needs in a trade, it appeared as though Bourn was in much less demand than he had hoped. It may be that the market sees what I do: a high-risk player whose combination of strikeouts and middling power bodes ill for his future production as he enters his