Spring training is among us, which means the start of the 2013 MLB season cannot be far from commencing.
We of course get a glorious joy in watching our favorite teams and stars throughout the season, but for those who feel so inclined, the world of fantasy baseball can provide welcome company through what can sometimes be a very long season.
One of the biggest keys with fantasy baseball—and any fantasy sport—is to get in cheap guys who are going to give you good numbers for their dollar value.
It might be because they're young, simply underrated or injury forced them into less-productive numbers last year, but their price and value this year has been significantly reduced.
Formally injured stars are a great way to find a bargain in fantasy baseball; here's some who will make for must-have additions going forward in 2013.
Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Lucroy's last season was one that didn't seem to be dominated by injury, but it was certainly affected by it. His six-week stint due to his broken hand robbed him of momentum and fluidity in his swinging motion, but he still put up incredible numbers for a catcher.
His batting average of .320, 12 home runs and 58 RBI in just 346 times at bat are spectacular. While his average would have likely dropped to .300 or below had he been playing longer, he's certainly a great option for those looking for a lesser-known player at catcher.
Seeing .290 and around 15 home runs isn't unexpected for Lucroy.
Logan Morrison, Miami Marlins
Morrison's knee injury was one that had a dramatic impact on the Marlins' last season, and one that never really gave the potential star a chance to truly get going in 2012—something he'll no doubt be looking to do when he takes the field this year.
He might not be completely ready by day one of the season, but he will take the field at some point in the near future—and that's enough sleeper value for me.
Having hit .230 and 11 homers before finishing in August last year, he can be expected to chalk up over 20 home runs and a .250 average, even if he doesn't start for the first game of the season.
Vance Worley, Minnesota Twins
Pitcher Worley didn't have surgery on his elbow until September, but the reality is that he could have been playing through injury problems months before—which could explain his decline during the year.
He finished with a 3.01 ERA in 2011 and a 11-3 record to match. But the injury did clearly affect his performance on the field in 2012—finishing with a 4.20 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 6-9 record that left many wondering whether he'd be a good selection ever again.
If Worley (now on the Minnesota Twins having moved from Philadelphia) can find a regular rhythm in 2013 and get some confidence back into him that he had in 2011, he has the proven potential to be a genuine sleeper selection that brings great success.
Which sleeper picks are you watching out for in 2013?
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