The 25-man rosters are more-or-less set at this point. We should not see any more dramatic swings in fantasy baseball draft position unless another season-ending injury occurs, which is why this is my final update for the 2012 season overall fantasy baseball rankings. The list can be accessed by clicking here or the link at the top of the page.
I imagine many of you have their fantasy baseball teams drafted by now, but I want to make sure my readers are in the know. Here are a few noteworthy headlines to remember if you still have a draft scheduled:
Many analysts ranked Ryan Braun anticipating he would be forced to serve a 50-game suspension, but it was overturned and some lists were never updated. Removing the outliers shows he should be drafted fourth.
The following players will miss the entire season and were removed to avoid confusion:
- Victor Martinez has a torn ACL in his left knee.
- Ryan Madson will require Tommy John surgery on his right elbow to repair a torn ligament.
- Joakim Soria will have Tommy John surgery due to ulnar collateral ligament damage.
- Scott Sizemore has a torn left ACL.
- Joba Chamberlain underwent Tommy John surgery in June to repair issues in his throwing elbow. He also had surgery on his right ankle to repair an open dislocation.
- John Lackey underwent Tommy John surgery, not that anyone would draft him.
- ARI: Stephen Drew (SS)
- ATL: Chipper Jones (3B), Tim Hudson (SP)
- BOS: Carl Crawford (LF), Josh Beckett (SP), Andrew Bailey (RP)
- CIN: Madson (RP)
- CLE: Grady Sizemore (CF), Jack Hannahan (3B), Chris Perez (RP)
- COL: Troy Tulowitzki (SS), Jorge De La Rosa (SP)
- DET: Martinez (DH/C), Brandon Inge (3B), Gerald Laird (C)
- HOU: Jed Lowrie (SS), Jordan Schafer (CF)
- KCR: Soria (RP), Salvador Perez (C)
- LAD: Ted Lilly (SP)
- MIA: Giancarlo Stanton (RF), Logan Morrison (LF)
- MIL: Corey Hart (RF)
- MIN: Scott Baker (SP)
- NYY: Curtis Granderson (CF), Michael Pineda (SP), Nick Swisher (RF)
- OAK: Sizemore (3B), Brett Anderson (SP), Manny Ramirez (LF/DH)
- PHI: Ryan Howard (1B), Chase Utley (2B)
- PIT: A.J. Burnett (SP), Pedro Alvarez (3B)
- SDP: Carlos Quentin (RF), Tim Stauffer (SP)
- SEA: Mike Carp (1B)
- SFG: Freddy Sanchez (2B), Ryan Vogelsong (SP)
- STL: Chris Carpenter (SP), Allen Craig (LF), Skip Schumaker (2B)
- TAM: B.J. Upton (CF)
- TEX: Nelson Cruz (RF)
- TOR: Adam Lind (1B)
- WAS: Michael Morse (1B), Drew Storen (RP)
I hope my resources were/will be helpful for your fantasy baseball drafts. Good luck in your leagues this season!