Fantasy baseball draft prep: The top 100

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Fantasy baseball draft prep: The top 100
February 28, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Five of the top 13 fantasy baseball players come from two teams. (USA Today Images)

It will be March before the work week ends, meaning fantasy baseball is just around the corner. Let’s get the draft prep started with a look at the top 100.

Keep in mind that this is based on a standard scoring system that includes the following 12 categories:

Offense: Batting average, OPS, home runs, RBIs, runs, net steals (stolen bases minus caught stealings)

Pitching: Wins, Innings, ERA, WHIP, K/9, net saves (saves minus blown saves)

The Top 100

1) Mike Trout -- (Angels CF)
    NOTE: Finished sixth in baseball in BA, third in OPS, first in net steals, first in runs, 22nd in homers.
2) Miguel Cabrera -- (Tigers 3B)
    NOTE: Won the Triple Crown, most feared hitter in the game, barely strikes out.
3) Ryan Braun -- (Brewers LF)
4) Robinson Cano -- (Yankees 2B)
    NOTE: Cano’s positional value could put him ahead of Braun.
5) Joey Votto -- (Reds 1B)
    NOTE: Best hitter in the National League. Missed 51 games in 2012 and still finished seventh in doubles (44).
6) Carlos Gonzalez -- (Rockies LF)
    NOTE: When deciding between CarGo, Matt Kemp and Andrew McCutchen, go with the guy who plays 81 games at Coors Field.
7) Andrew McCutchen -- (Pirates CF)
8) Albert Pujols -- (Angels 1B)
    NOTE: Hit .307 with a .941 OPS after May last season. Will put up gaudy stats with Trout and Josh Hamilton around.
9) Josh Hamilton -- (Angels LF)
    NOTE: Loses benefit of 81 games in Arlington, gains benefit of Trout and Pujols. Has eligibility in LF and CF.
10) Matt Kemp -- (Dodgers CF)
    NOTE: Top-three potential when his hamstring is healthy.
11) Justin Verlander -- (Tigers SP)
12) Clayton Kershaw -- (Dodgers SP)
    NOTE: Toss-up between these two, who should each win 20 with sub-2.60 ERAs and 230 strikeouts.
13) Prince Fielder -- (Tigers 1B)
    NOTE: His season flew under the radar, but Fielder hit a career-high .313 and struck out just 84 times.
14) Giancarlo Stanton -- (Marlins RF)
    NOTE: Lack of lineup protection is scary, but so is the sound every pitch makes off his bat.
15) Jose Bautista -- (Blue Jays RF)
    NOTE: Supporting cast is much, much better than in years past.
16) Adrian Beltre -- (Rangers 3B)
17) Stephen Strasburg -- (Nationals SP)
    NOTE: Won’t be shut down in the fantasy playoffs this time.
18) Troy Tulowitzki -- (Rockies SS)
    NOTE: One of the most overrated fantasy players, but can’t discount positional value at shortstop.
19) Jose Reyes -- (Blue Jays SS)
20) Buster Posey -- (Giants C)
    NOTE: Far and away the best player at a position that, if you don’t fill with a reliable bat, you’ll spend the entire season wishing you did.
21) Felix Hernandez -- (Mariners SP)
22) Cliff Lee -- (Phillies SP)
23) David Price -- (Rays SP)
24) Cole Hamels -- (Phillies SP)
    NOTE: Any of these guys could be the No. 1 pitcher in fantasy.
25) Zack Greinke -- (Dodgers SP)
    NOTE: Insane contract. He has a 3.83 ERA the last three seasons.
26) Adam Jones -- (Orioles CF)
27) David Wright -- (Mets 3B)
    NOTE: Crappy lineup. Plus Wright hit .260 with nearly a strikeout per game over his final 83.
28) Jered Weaver -- (Angels SP)
29) Matt Holliday -- (Cardinals SP)
    NOTE: Consistently gives you .300, 30 homers, 100 RBIs and a .900 OPS.
30) Evan Longoria -- (Rays 3B)
31) Justin Upton -- (Braves LF)
32) Dustin Pedroia -- (Red Sox 2B)
33) Hanley Ramirez -- (Dodgers SS/3B)
    NOTE: This has to be the bounce-back year, right?
34) Ian Kinsler -- (Rangers 2B)
35) Bryce Harper -- (Nationals LF)
36) Adrian Gonzalez -- (Dodgers 1B)
37) Matt Cain -- (Giants SP)
    NOTE: Missed zero starts the last six seasons. Gives you a 3.20 ERA in 215 innings every year.
38) Jason Heyward -- (Braves RF)
39) Edwin Encarnacion -- (Blue Jays 1B)
    NOTE: The most efficient run producer in all of baseball last season based on RBI opportunities.
40) Paul Goldschmidt -- (Diamondbacks 1B)
    NOTE: A player to watch this season. Has 40-home run potential and could out-produce several other prominent first basemen. Was 18-for-21 in stolen bases last year.
41) Ryan Zimmerman -- (Nationals 3B)
    NOTE: Falls in this range but gets hurt every year. You can likely find a more reliable value-pick at third base later.
42) CC Sabathia -- (Yankees SP)
    NOTE: As safe as they come.
43) Madison Bumgarner -- (Giants SP)
44) Gio Gonzalez -- (Nationals SP)
45) Yoenis Cespedes -- (Athletics LF)
    NOTE: Hit .311/.376/.533 in the second half with 14 home runs.
46) Jacoby Ellsbury -- (Red Sox CF)
    NOTE: Has to re-prove himself, but he was a first-round pick a year ago.
47) Jay Bruce -- (Reds RF)
    NOTE: Will have positional eligibility at CF and RF.
48) Chase Headley -- (Padres 3B)
49) Roy Halladay -- (Phillies SP)
    NOTE: Someone is going to get a fourth-round steal.
50) Joe Mauer -- (Twins C)
51) Chase Utley -- (Phillies 2B)
    NOTE: If he plays 130 games you’ll have one of the top-three picks of your draft.
52) Starlin Castro -- (Cubs SS)
53) Jimmy Rollins -- (Phillies SS)
    NOTE: May seem early, but he has the homers and steals and you’ll need a SS.
54) Asdrubal Cabrera -- (Indians SS)
    NOTE: Once the run on shortstops starts, you won’t want to be left without one.
55) Aramis Ramirez -- (Brewers 3B)
56) B.J. Upton -- (Braves CF)
57) Brett Lawrie -- (Blue Jays 3B)
58) R.A. Dickey -- (Blue Jays SP)
59) Brandon Phillips -- (Reds 2B)
60) Aaron Hill -- (Diamondbacks 2B)
61) Billy Butler -- (Royals DH)
    NOTE: Gives you the numbers of Adrian Gonzalez with half the name appeal.
62) Craig Kimbrel -- (Braves RP)
    NOTE: Taking a closer this early is silly. Until you remember that Kimbrel struck out more batters last season (116) than he didn’t strike out (115).
63) Ben Zobrist -- (Rays RF)
    NOTE: He’s eligible at 2B, SS and RF. The positional value alone is worthy of a sixth-round pick, and he had a .848 OPS last season.  
64) David Ortiz -- (Red Sox DH)
    NOTE: Can only be your utility guy, but you’re never going to bench him.
65) Pablo Sandoval -- (Giants 3B)
66) Allen Craig -- (Cardinals 1B)
    NOTE: Hit .307 with a .522 slugging percentage last season, and has eligibility at first base and right field.
67) Kris Medlen -- (Braves SP)
    NOTE: He won’t come close to his second-half in 2012, but he’s worth the risk given the similar talent of the next group of pitchers.
68) Chris Sale -- (White Sox SP)
69) Yu Darvish -- (Rangers SP)
70) Jordan Zimmermann -- (Nationals SP)
    NOTE: A quality start machine
71) Johnny Cueto -- (Reds SP)
72) Max Scherzer -- (Tigers SP)
73) Ian Desmond -- (Nationals SS)
    NOTE: Don’t have a ton of faith in him, but after Desmond come the J.J. Hardys and Jhonny Peraltas of the world.
74) Shin-Soo Choo -- (Reds RF)
75) Michael Bourn -- (Indians CF)
76) Adam Wainright -- (Cardinals SP)
77) Matt Moore -- (Rays SP)
    NOTE: Struggled with control as the Rays had him throw more sinkers. If he gets back to using his dominant four-seam fastball most of the time, he’ll make the leap.
78) Mat Latos -- (Reds SP)
79) Yovani Gallardo -- (Brewers SP)
    NOTE: Latos and Gallardo are the same pitcher.
80) Aroldis Chapman -- (Reds RP)
    NOTE: Would have been higher if we knew definitely he’d close. If he starts, he won’t be as dominant. But he’ll help you win either way.
81) Victor Martinez -- (Tigers DH)
    NOTE: Many will forget about him after he missed all of last season. But has catcher eligibility and will have a ton of RBI chances.
82) Austin Jackson -- (Tigers CF)
    NOTE: He’s not Mike Trout, but he might score as many runs.
83) Paul Konerko -- (White Sox 1B)
84) James Shields -- (Royals SP)
85) Yadier Molina -- (Cardinals C)
86) Carlos Santana -- (Indians C)
87) Carlos Beltran -- (Cardinals RF)
88) Alex Gordon -- (Royals LF)
89) Matt Wieters -- (Orioles C)
90) Martin Prado -- (Diamondbacks 3B)
91) Ryan Howard -- (Phillies 1B)
    NOTE: Ninth round is the right value for Howard.
92) Mark Trumbo -- (Angels LF)
93) Derek Jeter -- (Yankees SS)
    NOTE: The right time to take a risk on the recovering Jeter.
94) Mariano Rivera -- (Yankees RP)
95) Jonathan Papelbon -- (Phillies RP)
    NOTE: Saves may be overrated, but Papelbon is a safe pick for 38-40.
96) Shane Victorino -- (Red Sox RF)
    NOTE: Eligibility at CF and RF, could be dynamic at Fenway Park.
97) Josh Johnson -- (Nationals 3B)
98) Curtis Granderson -- (Yankees CF)
    NOTE: Value will plummet with the 10-week forearm injury.
99) Jason Kipnis -- (Indians 2B)
    NOTE: Really tailed off in the second half last season.
100) Alex Rios -- (White Sox RF)

Next five hitters: Mark Teixeira (Yankees 1B), Elvis Andrus (Rangers SS), Wilin Rosario (Rockies C), Nelson Cruz (Rangers RF), Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays LF).

Next five pitchers: Tim Lincecum (Giants SP), Jake Peavy (White Sox SP), Brandon Morrow (Blue Jays SP), Jon Lester (Red Sox SP), Matt Garza (Cubs SP).