fantasy baseball season, but there are a lot of people already doing a little bit of research for their drafts. For the second year in a row, the debate seems to be centered around Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera. Who should be taken #1 overall? Can another player emerge as a legitimate threat? Here’s a look at the top four players heading into next year.
The youngster seems to be getting better and better, making him the popular pick heading into 2014 fantasy baseball right now. The outfielder has yet to make the playoffs, but his teammates should be better this season. This will give him more opportunities to show off all five of his tools.
It is hard to argue with the two-time defending American League Most Valuable Player, but some lingering injuries and age could play a factor. He finished as the top fantasy baseball option in 2013, despite playing on some bum legs for the last month of the season. No hitter is better, but his speed numbers are the worst of the four listed.
For the last few seasons, McCutchen has been very good, but he stepped it up a notch by not only leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs, but also winning the 2013 National League MVP award. He is the biggest threat to breaking up the two at the top of most fantasy baseball rankings, simply because he too is a five-tool player. If he can increase either his average or power slightly, he could finish #1 overall.
Due to the fact that he plays in Arizona for the Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt is a player that tends to get overlooked from time to time. He had a monster season in 2013, leading the National League in home runs and RBI. His 15 stolen bases and .302 average just shows that he is a well-rounded option as well.