Now that the MLB season is officially over, let's start planning for 2013 fantasy baseball drafts.
With a full season of statistics at our disposal, early October is as good a time as any to start preparing for next spring. Since you might feel drained after six months of baseball, I'll keep it simple by focusing solely on the first round.
The first pick can't win your league, but it can dramatically inflate your chances of losing if you choose poorly (cut to Jacoby Ellsbury owners nodding in agreement). Deciphering between the game's top stars feels nitpicky, but someone who picked Troy Tulowitzki over Ryan Braun in 2012 will say otherwise.
Perceptions of players could change over time; I've already maneuvered a few players around from rankings I made three weeks ago. For now, let's examine how the first round of a standard, 5X5 league might play out in 2013.