Why Ryan Braun is my No. 1 player 

February, 27, 2012
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I believe I was sitting on the beach when I heard the shocking news that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was not going to be suspended for 50 games. He had won his appeal for a positive steroid test. Well, let's just say bedlam ensued in the fantasy baseball world. I've seen leagues in which Braun slipped to the fifth round under the assumption he'd miss 50 games. A friend of mine traded Braun in a keeper league for a closer (I advised against this). And now?

Braun vaults to the very top of my first round, Numero Uno, and of course, the feedback was interesting (and always welcome). My take is simple: This 30/30 guy was a fantasy monster last season (third on the Player Rater) and I don't see any reason why that will change in 2012. In fact, he should be mighty motivated to ensure another splendid statistical year.

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