It’s time to start looking ahead to the 2013 fantasy baseball season. Here are a couple players noticeably affected by OPS.

Kevin Youkilis – Sigh no more, fantasy owners. I’m expecting a rebound for Youkilis in 2013. I’ll admit that I was worried about The Greek God of Injures at the beginning of this year after his slow start, especially since he’s past his peak years and has a storied injury history. Youk fact of the day: he has never played more than 147 games in a season. Worse yet, he hasn’t played in over 140 games in a season since 2008. Meanwhile, he only graced us with his mediocre presence in 122 games this past season. Despite it sounding like time to jump ship, I’m going to advocate steering back towards the old man. On a side note, how weird will it be to see him on the Yankees? Although this wouldn’t be the first time a Red Sox player moved to the Bronx…

Please, blog, may I have some more?

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This week I was curious to look at what I call surprisingly high sluggers. No, I’m not talking about Geovany Soto. These are players who have at least a .500 slugging this year and fewer than 20 home runs. In order to try to limit some of the outliers, I only looked at players who had at least 300 plate appearances this year. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

This week I wanted to discuss some players that have unexpectedly carried teams in OPS fantasy leagues. Some of them have simply stayed healthy, while others have become completely different players, at least temporarily. The best example of an incarnation is…

Edwin Encarnacion – Matthew Berry said he would rather have Encarnacion than Prince Fielder in 2013. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Ryan BraunRyan Braun has been making it rain all season long. With 35 homers and nearly a 1.000 OPS to date, he’s definitely put the bomp in the Brewers offense. What’s more is that he’s been incredibly consistent on a monthly basis, as he’s posted no less than a .941 OPS all year. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?