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Fantasy preview: DHs

By February 26, 2013

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Fantasy baseball leagues have different rules as far as designated hitters go (in mixed leagues, of course), and the majority these days seem to favor the DH as a sort of utility position rather than a true DH. After all, there are only 14 of them starting on a given night, and perhaps a 15th playing an interleague game now that the leagues are balanced with the Houston Astros moving to the American League.

And most teams are treating the DH in a similar way these days. David Ortiz is still a full-time DH, but most other teams seem to be going with a hybrid approach, a way to give an aging player a "day off" from a day in the field or a young catcher some more at-bats as managers try to reduce the wear and tear of the long season.

These are the top five designated hitters, and it's not a given that all five will even be drafted in your league. You'd probably be better off with an extra first baseman or outfielder -- just pick the best hitter available.  It might be one of these guys, and it might not. And these players might have an eligible position, too -- it varies by league.

(Note: Billy Butler, Edwin Encarnacion and Kendrys Morales are listed as a first basemen in the About.com rankings. Jesus Montero is listed at catcher. Check your league for eligibility rules.)

  1. David Ortiz, Red Sox
  2. Victor Martinez, Tigers (perhaps eligible at C)
  3. Adam Dunn, White Sox (likely eligible at 1B)
  4. Adam Lind, Blue Jays (likely eligible at 1B)
  5. Luke Scott, Rays (perhaps eligible at 1B)

2013 position rankings

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