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Ryan Braun

Major league baseball may be over but fantasy baseball is always with us. You may not have won your league but with a healthy offseason of research and analysis you can come back strong next year. It’s very important in fantasy baseball to accurately predict player ceilings for the coming year. With that in mind we’re going to take a look at one of the best players in fantasy baseball and try to determine if he’s capable of progressing even further. Ryan Braun has been a staple feature of fantasy baseball lineups for a little while now but this past season was statistically his best ever. Braun eclipsed his career mark for homers and came very close to matching career marks in RBI, batting average, stolen bases, and runs.

The statistics by themselves are impressive but really the impressive part about this is that he was able to put them all together in the same season. It’s possible that this is the best Braun can do. That this year is his ceiling and he may never get beyond it ever again. It’s not often that players in the middle of their careers experience significant statistical upticks. Braun is probably not going to get much better on this Brewers team until there’s a massive lineup adjustment. If this is his best, what’s his worth going forward? Braun is still a very good player and a very consistent one too, but potential is the lifeblood of fantasy baseball for money and Braun doesn’t really have any. He’s a first round pick but he’s far less exciting than Mike Trout or other young players that could potentially get better. Expect Braun to go fairly early in your fantasy baseball draft in 2013 if you play in a league with conservative-minded owners because he’s a very safe bet.


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