Ned Dishman/Getty Images
With former Marlins stars like Jose Reyes no longer around, who will be there for Giancarlo Stanton to high five—or drive in?
There's nothing wrong with Giancarlo Stanton, per se. (Well, not nothing, but we'll get to that.) Rather, the problem in drafting the Marlins slugger is that his team won't do him any fantasy favors.
Consider these names: Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco, Justin Ruggiano, Logan Morrison, Rob Brantly, Donovan Solano and Adeiny Hechavarria. Based on the current roster, those are the "best" possible hitters the Marlins could put in the lineup around Stanton.
If you haven't heard of half of them before, it won't be held against you.
Beyond that, though, Morrison, arguably the club's second-best power hitter, is still recovering from another offseason knee surgery, so he's unlikely to be ready until late April or even May, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.
And that's not all. As Frisaro points out in the story linked above, the two likely candidates to hit ahead of Stanton, who will bat in the three-hole, are Pierre and Polanco—who pretty much signed with the Marlins this winter because no other team showed all that much interest in a pair of aging, declining veterans.
In short, Stanton is going to have trouble both driving in runs and being driven in by others in what is easily one of MLB's worst lineups. You'll recall, of course, that runs and RBI are two fantasy categories.
Now back to Stanton himself for a quick sec.
The 23-year-old masher would be the odds-on favorite to hit the most homers this year, so it's not all bad. But he also strikes out, like, a lot—his 28.8 percent K rate is the fifth-worst in baseball over the past three seasons—so he could be a batting average risk. And he's also somewhat of an injury concern after missing a quarter of 2012 with knee surgery.
You can choose to believe that lineup protection won't be a factor, or that Stanton's potential 40-plus homers is enough to overcome just about anything else. But before you pick him in Round 2, don't say you weren't warned.