Reacting to the fantasy baseball rankings 

January, 31, 2013

After two days of ranking baseball's best, Eric Karabell and Tristan H. Cockcroft regroup to discuss the hits and misses during the Fantasy Baseball Rankings Summit. From arguing about the No. 1 overall pick to highlighting a few players that didn't get enough love, this version if Insider Premium Audio brings fantasy baseball players up to speed before drafts begin in just a few weeks.

Topics include:

• Both Karabell and Cockcroft are buyers are Mike Trout, but one is more sold on his 2013 potential than the other.

• Evaluating the top three: Ryan Braun, Trout and Miguel Cabrera. Where will each regress this season?

• Karabell wants more power at first base than Joey Votto and was surprised that he's in the top 10 overall.

• Do the guys have any concern about Albert Pujols this season?

• Karabell and Cockcroft genuinely disagree about Bryce Harper's potential this season. Cockcroft reminds Harper buyers to be patient.

• Why did some rankers give up on some of the more popular fantasy players from 2012?

Matt Holliday's overall draft position confused the group and Karabell believes he's too low.

• Cockcroft uses the rankings to go round-by-round of who he'd pick in each spot, preaching a balanced approach to drafting.

• The catcher pool for 2013 is very risk-reward oriented. Karabell questions why Buster Posey ended up in the top 20.

• Who are the four aces you can count on in the second round? Cockcroft says you need an ace this year, Karabell disagrees. Both highlight names late in the draft to target.

Craig Kimbrel's ranking at 44 is surprising and both offer closer draft strategy. Cockcroft explains why Kimbrel may an exception to the standard play of waiting.

• Karabell argues the room had a bias toward middle relievers during the rankings. Which pitchers surprised him?

• Should you draft one of the younger prospects (like Shelby Miller, Dylan Bundy) or wait and pick them up during the season?

• As a fantasy owner, what should you be doing in February to prepare?