This is a guest post on behalf of FanDuel:
Fantasy baseball drafts will be taking place all over the world in the month of March. Getting a top level talent in the 1st round can be huge, but so can swinging and missing. There is no such thing as a sure thing in baseball, but these 5 players are as close as you can get.
At this point in his career, it would be hard to find many people in fantasy baseball money leagues who would not consider him the number 1 overall pick. He has had 3 straight years in which he has put up MVP type numbers. He finally won his 1st award in 2014, and he will be the heavy favorite in 2015. With no major health issues as of yet in his career, he should be drafted number 1 overall if you get that pick.
Now entering his age 28 season, Andrew McCutchen once again looks like the best overall position player in the National League. He had to miss a few games last year, but it wasn’t too big of a deal for him long-term. He’s not going to be as good as Trout overall, but he’s a solid consolation prize.
The only thing people need to worry about regarding Stanton is the fact that we don’t know if the fastball to his face will put even the slightest doubt in the back of his mind. Having an injury like that has made an impact on players in the past. He is hoping to shake that off in a big way this year, and he certainly will be met with great expectations in 2015 after signing a huge deal.
Playoff woes aside, Kershaw is the clear-cut best pitcher in baseball. He’s in his prime, he stays healthy and he’s on a great team. He will be drafted very early this year.
Like Stanton, Goldschmidt lost playing time in 2014 thanks to being hit by a pitch. Now that he enters Spring Training healthy, he is back to being one of the best overall players in the game. It’s amazing how anonymous of a player he is, even though he very easily could hit .300 with 30 home runs, 100 RBI and double-digit stolen bases.