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Your first-round pick not only sets the tone for your fantasy draft, but in theory it should be your best player each year. That's why you need to make sure to spend it wisely.
While some may see Mike Trout as a risky move, it's impossible to ignore the season he had last year. If he's half as good in 2013, that's still worthy of a first rounder. His name should be at the top of your fantasy board.
The concrete top five in 2013 have to be Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp and Robinson Cano. After that, things get muddled.
Just remember to be smart. Being bold in a draft is good, but the first round isn't the best place to take a risk.
Instead of splurging on the injury-plagued Josh Hamilton, roll with a young stud like Andrew McCutchen. Look past the declining bat of Albert Pujols and nab a young power bat in Joey Votto or Prince Fielder.
And never, ever, take a pitcher in the first round. There are plenty of aces on the board, and all are far too injury prone and inconsistent to waste a first-round pick on.
The only exception to this rule should be Clayton Kershaw or Justin Verlander, but even they are one elbow injury away from a wasted fantasy season.
Another pointer: this year is not a good year for position scarcity in the first round. Unless his name is Cabrera or Cano, don't spend such a valuable pick on a second/third baseman or shortstop.