2012 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: Top Players Destined to Disappoint This Season

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2012 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: Top Players Destined to Disappoint This Season
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If you believe your league's rankings with these players, you will be left disappointed. If you want to put these guys on your team, be prepared to deal with a lot of frustration and inconsistency. You're better off looking elsewhere to fill these positions. 

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Lance Berkman, 1B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Berkman saw some pitches in 2011 and had some golden opportunities to thump. That is what batting either right before or right after Albert Pujols will tend to do.

Now, Pujols is gone and Berkman's numbers will drop. 

Also, even in 2011, he missed 17 games.

As a matter of fact, Berkman hasn't played in more than 150 since 2008. He is now 36, which does not indicate that his best years are still to come. 

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies

There is nothing to trust about Gonzalez when he's not hitting at Coors Field. This has been a consistent struggle throughout his career in Colorado and will continue to be in 2012. 

The National League West features some of baseball's best pitchers, who ply their craft in the top pitching parks in the league. 

Quite frankly, you don't ever want to reach for a guy who will only bring you consistency in half of the games.

Let Gonzalez fall to you.

Look at his projections in your league, and add two rounds to them.

If he falls, great. If not, let someone else deal with the frustration. 

Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals

Hear this out.

Strasburg is going to be kept on an extremely tight pitch count this year, which will impact his numbers across the board. The Nationals aren't going to be concerned with wins and losses, strikeouts or any other personal statistic. 

The early part of the year will yield limited pitches, which will bring few wins and strikeouts.

Also, if he ever has a bad start, things like ERA and WHIP will be hard to come down. 

He has a lot of appeal, but you have to look past it.

Remember that Strasburg hurt himself early on in 2010, forcing him to miss nearly all of 2012. They will be careful with the franchise arm. 

Dixon's 2012 Mock Draft with Season Projections

Pick  Player   R   HR   RBI   SB   AVG.   K    ERA   WHIP
1. Matt Kemp, OF 98   34 103 41 .304



2. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
108   34 114 2 .328
     
3.  Albert Pujols, 1B 102 41 111 7 .317        
4. Robinson Cano, 2B 107 29 108 6 .324        
5. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF
118 26 91 39 .319        
6. Jose Bautista, 3B/OF 107 42 103 6 .292        
7. Troy Tulowitzki, SS 93 31 98 9 .303        
8. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B 107 36 115 1 .309        
9. Joey Votto, 1B 109 35 107 6 .312        
10. Ryan Braun, OF 98 29 107 37 .317        
11. Prince Fielder, 1B 110 41 121 2 .289        
12. Roy Halladay, SP  



22 212  2.13 1.08
13. Dustin Pedroia, 2B 112 23 82 23 .316        
14. Justin Verlander, SP           21 226 2.21 1.04
15. Evan Longoria, 3B 95 33 97 8 .280        
16. Justin Upton, OF 103 36 105 38 .278        
17. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 89 25 89 4 .312        
18. Clayton Kershaw, SP           15 216 2.33 1.10
19. Jose Reyes, SS 101 13 61 37 .309        
20. Andrew McCutchen, OF   91 27 92 37 .293        
21. Ian Kinsler, 2B 101 28 74 31 .281        
22. Felix Hernandez, SP           14 223 2.12 1.01
21. Hanley Ramirez, SS 91 25 92 29 .295        
22. David Wright, 3B 82 24 86 14 .294        
23. Mark Teixeira, 1B 101 39 104 5 .261        
24. Matt Holliday, OF 93 26 92 13 .320        
25. Cliff Lee, SP           18 202 2.37 1.12
26. Mike Stanton, OF 87 44 106 6 .261        
27. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 94 28 92 5 .287        
28. Jered Weaver, SP           19 211 2.46 1.18
29. Adrian Beltre, 3B 84 27 91 7 .283        
30. Jay Bruce, OF 93 34 101 14 .278        

Note: Saves are also a category in standard fantasy leagues, but no closer is included in the Top 30, so they are omitted from the projections. 

 


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