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Fantasy baseball 2013 preview: Expert mock draft

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Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun could be the first player selected in many fantasy baseball drafts.

Not content with one-stop shopping come fantasy draft time? Eager to see what the wider fantasy baseball community has to say? You've come to the right place. Before pitchers and catchers reported, 15 of the nation's top fantasy baseball analysts got together for a draft that began via e-mail in mid-January and lasted three weeks.

The results of the 23-round, 15-team, standard-Rotisserie draft are listed below and can serve as a rough guideline for how drafts will unfold this spring. Spring training will surely bring changes -- already, St. Louis' Chris Carpenter (shoulder) has gone from a 10th-round pick to a bust.

We selected 14 hitters (five outfielders, two catchers and one each at first base, second base, third base, shortstop, corner man [1B/3B], middle man [2B/SS] and DH [any hitter]) and nine pitchers (any number of starters versus relievers). We assumed the standard categories for hitting (average, homers, RBI, runs and stolen bases) and pitching (wins, ERA, strikeouts, WHIP and saves).

The participants and draft order:

1. Jeff Erickson, Rotowire 2. Will Carroll, Bleacher Report 3. Derek Van Riper, Rotowire 4. Eric Mack, SI.com 5. Derek Carty, DerekCarty.com 6. Todd Zola, Mastersball.com 7. Steve Gardner, USAToday.com 8. Lawr Michaels, Mastersball.com 9. David Gonos, DavidGonos.com 10. Joe Sheehan, JoeSheehan.com 11. Jason Collette, BaseballProspectus.com 12. Zach Steinhorn, Mastersball.com 13. Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com 14. Nando DiFino, CBSSports.com 15. Cory Schwartz, MLB.com

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