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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft 31626713 Ryan Zimmerman - WAS Ryan+Zimmerman+-+WAS Fantasy Baseball

Much like Dan Uggla, Ryan Zimmerman faltered in fantasy circles over the past three years. For Zimmerman, the biggest issue is durability. In 2011, an abdominal strain made the third baseman sit for over two months. In 2012, shoulder pain landed him on the disabled list and hindered his first 55 games (.218 and three home runs). Don’t be the owner who has to worry about his injury history. Z-Man is currently being selected in the fifth round with the average pick of 48th overall (sixth third baseman). If you aren’t one of the lucky GMs to land Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre, David Wright, or Hanley Ramirez, draft Chase Headley (ADP - Round 8) or Pablo Sandoval (10th round). As for that fifth round pick, take Starlin Castro (48.5 ADP) or catchers Joe Mauer (43), Carlos Santana (66), or Yadier Molina (67). – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft 31626712 Michael Young - PHI Michael+Young+-+PHI Fantasy Baseball

In 2011, Young was an All-Star batting .338 and driving in a career-high 106 RBI. The following season his average plummeted to .277 and 67 RBI (also, a career-low eight homers). Now, he’s heading to the Phillies, where he’ll be forced to play the field. For those owners who are only concerned with offensive roto stats, let me explain: Young is not very good at defense. Sure, he has the facade of position eligibility at first base, shortstop, and third. When he takes the field for Philadelphia, he’ll be starting at third base (Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins already have dibs on first and short). This is the same position on the diamond where he made 19 errors in 2010. Don’t be fooled by his fantasy baseball eligibility. This experiment will not go well. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft 31625059 Dan Uggla - ATL Dan+Uggla+-+ATL Fantasy Baseball

While the faux twitter handle @FakeDanUggla is a must-have in your daily lineup, the real Dan Uggla is not. Ever since Uggla was traded to the Braves in 2011, his RBI and batting average has dropped, while his strikeout total has grown. There are eight second basemen worthy of being drafted in the first 10 rounds, after that it’s best to just wait it out and take a sleeper pick like Marco Scutaro, Howie Kendrick, or Jeff Keppinger. Instead of taking Uggla with the average draft position of 147, add Matt Harvey (141 ADP), Anibal Sanchez (148), or Mike Minor (152) to your rotation. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft 31625058 Bruce Rondon - DET Bruce+Rondon+-+DET Fantasy Baseball

I’m all for taking risks on new players, but his spring is not making a good first impression. Rondon has allowed at least two base runners in every appearance in 2013. His ERA is over 5.70 and his WHIP is north of 2.50. When you select the two or three relief pitchers to fill your team, make sure you pass on this guy. Even though the Tigers will give him plenty of save opportunities, that’s also more chances to watch your team ERA and WHIP soar. Finally, Detroit’s Justin Verlander led all pitchers in innings pitched (238.1) and complete games (6). So, every fifth game there's the possiblity Rondon (or whoever gets the job after Rondon) won't even see the field. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft 31626709 Buster Posey - SF Buster+Posey+-+SF Fantasy Baseball

Before I get comments and hate mail for adding Posey to this gallery, I’m basing this decision mainly on where he is being drafted in fantasy leagues. Currently, he's has a 16.8 average draft position. In 2012, Posey had career-highs in every category (.336, 24 home runs, and 103 RBI), yet he still only had the fourth-most home runs among catchers, sat out 14 games, and was one of five catchers to hit over .300. Instead of spending your second-round pick on a position that puts a lot of wear and tear on a player, go with either the ace of your team (Strasburg has the same ADP), an outfielder (Josh Hamilton or Justin Upton), or a third baseman (Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre, or David Wright). With that said, if you really want a top tier catcher, wait until the fifth-round. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft 31628531 Astros Rotation - HOU Astros+Rotation+-+HOU Fantasy Baseball

Often when pitchers move from the National League to the American League there’s a severe discrepancy in the stats. Pitchers go from facing basically a guaranteed out (the opposing pitcher) to a batter whose only job is to hit.  The Astros' pitcher with the lowest opposing team batting average in the AL West is Philip Humber (.230). Even with Humber throwing a perfect game, he still finished 2012 with a 6.44 ERA and he’s the one with the most recent experience pitching against the designated hitter (Erik Bedard has a better history, but was with the Pirates last year). – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft 31625057 Danny Espinosa - WAS Danny+Espinosa+-+WAS Fantasy Baseball

The Nationals second baseman isn’t high on the radar, averaging the 17th round, and is the 12th 2B taken in the draft. Espinosa claimed a spot on this list during the FOX Sports experts’ mock draft 1.0. He was selected four rounds earlier than his average. I figured that if he is being selected that high by our experts, he’ll be plucked sooner in other leagues. Here’s how I see it: if you’re in a 10-12 team, 5x5 league and only need one second baseman, wait on filling that position. Odds are a fantasy team won’t draft another second baseman. So, leave that spot open and either build your bench or bolster your rotation. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft 31625056 R.A. Dickey - TOR R.A.+Dickey+-+TOR Fantasy Baseball

The 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner exchanges the NL for AL and dollar bills for loonies and toonies. Robert Allen (if nothing else, you learned his name from me) has a phenomenal backstory and put up amazing stats last year (20 wins, 230 strikeouts, and 2.73 ERA). Now, he’s propelled himself up the draft board and is averaging as the 35th overall pick (eighth pitcher). I’m not ready to anoint the knuckleballer as the ace of my fantasy baseball team just yet. In American League ballparks, he has a 5.29 ERA (244 runs and 415 innings). I want the first pitcher I draft to be a guy I can rely on for wins and to lower my weekly ERA. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft 31625055 Carl Crawford - LAD Carl+Crawford+-+LAD Fantasy Baseball

There’s going to be a point in your fantasy baseball draft where your starting roster is nearing completion. You’ll click on the “best available” tab and think “hmmm, Crawford could be a steal with my next pick if he bounces back.” DON’T DO IT! Crawford is going in the 16th round (157 average draft position) and he only played 31 games last year. Two seasons ago, he produced an underwhelming .255, 56 RBI, and 18 stolen bases. Yet, he’s still going ahead of hitters Adam LaRoche (158 ADP), Nick Swisher (168 ADP), and Chris Davis (175 ADP). When he was in Tampa Bay, he was a great five-tool threat. Now, he’s recovering from elbow surgery and still isn’t guaranteed to see the field anytime soon. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft 31625054 Elvis Andrus - TEX Elvis+Andrus+-+TEX Fantasy Baseball

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When baseball’s top prospect is playing on your team it could be considered a good thing ... until you realize he plays your position. Let’s call it the “Bobby Abreu effect.” As in when the Los Angeles Angels had an abundance of players in the outfield in 2012, and decided to let Abreu go to make room for Mike Trout. Jurickson Profar probably won’t contend for the AL MVP like Trout did, but his talent is too important to waste in the minors or sit on the bench. The fact of the matter is Texas’ offense went through a drastic makeover and nobody’s job is safe. Andrus is currently the seventh-highest shortstop selected in drafts (averaging in the ninth round). This is the position on your roster where you will be taking a chance. If you are patient, value picks at shortstop exist.  For example, Josh Rutledge (17th round ADP) and Jed Lowrie (22nd round). – Adam Meyer

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