Drafting with the fourth overall pick in fantasy baseball 2013

So you find yourself with the 4th overall pick in fantasy baseball this season and want to know who you should select for your fantasy squad?  Well, you have come to the right place.  Here are the details from a 10 team ESPN snake draft (roto).  For the first 10 rounds I will give you the best available players to choose from, and then the pick that I made for my squad this season.

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1st round  – Best available – Robinson Cano, Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutchen, Albert Pujols
Pick – Matt Kemp
There will be plenty of owners selecting Robinson Cano at this point, but I look for a 5 category player (especially in roto) and Cano is only a 4 category guy as he lacks SB speed. Matt Kemp wanted to be the first ever 50/50 player last season, and I am more than willing to let him try to accomplish the feat in 2013

2nd round – Best available – Adrian Beltre, Josh Hamilton, Buster Posey, Jose Bautista
Pick – Adrian Beltre
Buster Posey was actually suggested as the pick here (ESPN #16 overall) but I just can’t bring myself to take a catcher that early. I’ll take the elite power and batting average of Adrian Beltre in the second round before looking at Posey this season

3rd round – Best available – Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista, Felix Hernandez, Ian Kinsler
Pick – Josh Hamilton
A peculiar thing seems to be happening with Josh Hamilton, as he continues to slide down the draft board ranks. He hits for a high average in the middle of one of the more potent lineups in baseball, and while he did sign the big contract this offseason, the myth about players playing better in walk years has been disproven already

4th round – Best available – Jay Bruce, Billy Butler, Jered Weaver, Brandon Phillips, Craig Kimbrel
Pick – Jered Weaver
Have to add an ace to the staff, and Jered Weaver seems to be the most consistently overlooked ace this preseason. A potential 20 game winner with 200 K’s and an ERA under 3 in the 4th round? Yes please!

5th round – Best available – Brandon Phillips, Craig Kimbrel, Jacoby Ellsbury, B.J. UPton, Yadier Molina
Pick – Craig Kimbrel
From this draft position, Kimbrel was obviously going to go off the board in the next few picks, so it was either him or a high average/speed guy in Ellsbury. Locking up the top closer in baseball is never a bad idea, and while the 5th round is a bit early, Kimbrel is good enough to justify the price

6th round – Best available – Brett Lawrie, Michael Bourn, R.A. Dickey, Austin Jackson, Allen Craig
Pick – R.A. Dickey
Many pundits seem to agree that Dickey may have been a flash in the pan, but with an amped up Blue Jays roster, Dickey could be a Cy Young contender again in 2013 if he eclipses 20 wins on the season

7th round – Best available – Zack Greinke, Ian Desmond, Joe Mauer, Desmond Jennings, Aroldis Chapman
Pick – Aroldis Chapman
With the best closer in baseball already on my squad, why not solidify my teams K and SV lead by adding the close 2nd in Aroldis Chapman. Guy is a beast out of the pen, and the Reds will be asking Aroldis to slam the door plenty of times this season

8th round – Best available – Jimmy Rollins, Shin-Soo Choo, Pablo Sandoval, Jason Motte, Alex Gordon
Pick – Jimmy Rollins
My team needed an injection of speed, and Rollins managed to swipe 30 bags in 2012. The injury prone label is apt, but I will make up for it with some middle infield depth from the sleeper picks later in the draft

9th round – Best available – Jason Motte, Alex Gordon, Matt Moore, Victor Martinez, Chase Headley
Pick – Alex Gordon
Hopefully this will be the Alex Gordon of 2011, and not the Gordon of 2012. Only time will tell.

10th round – Best available – Martin Prado, Elvis Andrus, Rafael Soriano, Ike Davis, Doug Fister
Pick – Martin Prado
Prado is consistently undervalued because he doesn’t put up crazy numbers, but he should end up right around 15/15 this season, and as an OF/3B combo, provides some depth in the lineup

These remaining 15 picks will cover some of my favorite sleepers in 10 team drafts as I attempt to fill in my team’s needs

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11th round – Carlos Gomez (OF – MIL)
12th round – Jon Lester (SP – BOS)
13th round – David Freese (3B – STL)
14th round – Rickie Weeks (2B – MIL)
15th round – Adam LaRoche (1B – WAS)
16th round – C.J. Wilson (SP – LAA)
17th round – Wilin Rosario (C – COL)
18th round – Kendrys Morales (1B – SEA)
19th round – Josh Rutledge (2B/SS – COL)
20th round – Norichika Aoki (OF- MIL)
21st round – Julio Teheran (SP – ATL)
22nd round – Jedd Gyorko (2B – SD)
23rd round – Ernesto Frieri (RP – LAA)
24th round – Brian McCann (C – ATL)
25th round – Starling Marte (OF – PIT)

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