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Welcome to the initial unveiling of our top 100 hitters for the 2023 fantasy baseball season.  As spring training kicks off, we will learn more about the young prospects that might make an impact like Jordan Walker or an injury to an everyday regular like Gavin Lux that toss our rankings out the door.  However, that is the reality of our fantasy baseball drafts as values will inevitably change.  As with any rankings, I always recommend balancing the rankings you like with your own league settings to make adjustments.  At the end of the day, I hope these give you some insight and stoke a great conversation.  With that preamble complete, welcome to the first edition of 2023’s Top 100 Hitter rankings starting with the top 25!

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The rules, they are a changing. This 2023 season brings with it a whole new set of changes for players to navigate and fantasy managers to predict. Maybe it is pickoff limits and larger bases leading to more stolen bases. Maybe the pitch clock will reward pitchers that like to play mind games. However, this week we will spend some time looking at players that have the most to gain front the elimination of the shift. Teams will adapt and find ways to flex the rules (looking at you Tampa Bay) and gain a slight advantage. Will you?

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This week in our hitter profiles we are talking breakouts. So what is the difference between a breakout and what we have already covered in our sleeper posts (v1.0 here and v2.0 here)? Well, a breakout is like putting bacon on pizza. We already know that pizza is good, but that additional topping just made it one of the best. Whereas a sleeper is like realizing your nerdy classmate is now the CEO at a tech company. It makes so much sense now, but we missed the signs before it happened. Now that we have our painfully mandatory analogies out of the way, let us jump into a few of my favorite breakouts for the 2023 fantasy baseball season.

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There is something about buying used.  Whether it is that pleather couch or your 90’s hatchback, you cannot go wrong.  In our fantasy baseball world, this simply means passing up the young shiny objects and buying those old rusty veterans.  Sure, we sometimes are fighting Father Time, but at least we know our lineup can drive stick shift.  This week we dig into those draft day values that might sneak through the cracks and be waiting around for the savy owner.  Let us dig into this week’s 2023 fantasy baseball hitter profiles!

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The last few weeks our hitter profiles have focused on some deep sleepers to add to your late round draft board.  This week we are going to buck that trend and take a peak at some big names that come with an even bigger price tag.  Too often factors like youth, upside, discovery bias and more come together and deceive our draft capital.  Yes, this is the article where we say Lars Nootbar is going to bust, Michael Harris II is too expensive and Bobby Witt Jr. will see the sophomore slump.  Some may say this is blasphemy, but it might just be the perspective you need. 

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Welcome back to our 2023 hitter profiles focusing on sleepers that might just be the late round lottery tickets you need.  This is where you find your Tayor Ward and Rowdy Tellez wannabes.  Last week (drop in here if you missed it) we focused on a number outfielders that can be found late in the draft.  This week we shift our focus to the infield to see what gems might be available.  Jump on in to our second week of hitters profiles with Sleepers 2.0 for the 2023 fantasy baseball season!

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Welcome back to the first Hitter Profiles of the 2023 fantasy baseball season!  This offseason has included a lot of big contracts, changing landscapes and dreams of what next season will bring.  Here at Razzball, we have all passed our physicals thanks to a routine of finger curls and rigorous stretching.  Unfortunately, I did hear that Grey had to attend his physical a few times due to a paper cut from 2013.  With those formalities behind us, it is time to look ahead to what draft season will bring.  This week we kick off with a look at some of my favorite sleepers for the 2023 fantasy baseball season and what they could bring for pennies on the dollar at the draft table.  Welcome back folks and let us dig into the outfield class during our Sleepers 1.0.

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We have arrived at the end of the 2022 fantasy baseball season and what an exciting season this has been!  Whether it is Aaron Judge chasing the AL Home Run record or Albert Pujols shocking us all with a resurgence to fantasy relevance, there have been countless headlines to chase.  For our last hitter profiles of this season, we are going to take a look at who your favorite Razzball writers predicted as MVPs at the beginning of the season and compare them to the real MVPs of 2022.  We will also assess where the MVPs of this year should be going off the draft board next year.  Join us for one more lap around the warning track in our hitter profiles.

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The season is winding down and that gives us an opportunity to look at one of the most important times of the year for a keeper league owner.  As the playoffs and final standings push come to a close, those in contention will inevitably feel the roster crunch.  Casting off talent to make the all too critical move may win the league, but also be our ticket to a useful building block going into next year’s draft.  This week, we will focus on some of those casualties to see if there is any value to be found.  While these names might not be sexy, they just might be the right price for a keeper or dynasty piece.  Join us as we jump into the trash heap with our hitter profiles as we search for some 2023 keeper values.

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The regular season is coming to a close and if you are reading this it means you are a true fantasy baseball owner that is deep in the playoffs or finishing the last rotisserie push!  None of that fantasy football goofiness, you want 162 games of pure glory.  Knowing your dedication, this week we dedicate our hitter profiles to your last push and a few hitters that may have been cast off due to poor early season performance.  In the spirit of Mario Mendoza and disappointing stat lines, we are shopping at the Mendoza bargain bins for players who have had rough seasons and seeing if there is any gold to be found for the late season push.

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Like fine wine, some Rookies are simply better with age.  Now I am not talking Rooke of the Year winners such as Jose Abreu or Ichiro Suzuki, who dominated upon their arrival to the MLB at a more advanced age.  Those guys had a leg up as stars in the native leagues prior to taking the MLB by storm.  No, we are talking about the guys like Jose Martinez, Shane Spencer or Ryan Shimpf who took the league by storm after, sometimes well after, their 25th birthday.  Sometimes they come out of nowhere as their MLB team can simply no longer deny their production or they find their way into a lineup due to injury or trade.  Either way, these guys can be jolts to our fantasy lineup as the season comes to a close.  This week, we dive into two different rookies to see if they are aging like a fine wine or more of a moldy cheese.

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As we turn the calendar into the last full month of the season, there are still hopes alive for many fantasy managers. Whether that is due to strong ownership or the fact that you have switched over to the far inferior game of fantasy football, we are closing in on the finish line. September is for the true baseball manager who weathered the season to reach the playoffs or make the final rotisserie push. This week, we try to find a hot hand that might make a difference as we look at two outfielders that are making noise in the NL Central. This week’s hitter profiles are ready to begin!

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