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2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Designated Hitters

There are some decent AL middle- and late-rounders who are typically DHs

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Updated March 07, 2013

For the fifth season, About.com Baseball is back with its comprehensive fantasy baseball rankings. We've added some tweaks to the formula for 2013 and are confident the rankings are as accurate as ever. They'll be updated weekly in March, looking at trends, injuries and other developments.

Baseball guide Scott Kendrick has been with About.com since 2007, has been playing fantasy baseball for 20 years and has ranked players for the last decade. He's perused just about every preseason magazine, scoured the other baseball websites and taken some of the best expert opinions into account.

Make sure you know the exact format your league is using, because it will affect the way you should prepare. You can learn more about the different formats here.

We're assuming that your league doesn't need a true designated hitter, meaning a player doesn't actually have to be a DH to play in that role. These are the few players who are projected to be DHs who don't fit a spot.

On to the rankings of designated hitters, looking at five players who deserve consideration in the draft, but probably not until the middle rounds or later:

1. David Ortiz, Red Sox

  • Age on opening day: 37
  • 2012 stats: .318, 23 HR, 60 RBI, 1.026 OPS
  • Three-year average: .296, 28 HR, 86 RBI, .950 OPS
  • Potentially eligible at: 1B

2. Victor Martinez, Tigers

  • Age on opening day: 34
  • 2012 stats: Injured
  • Three-year average: .317, 16 HR, 91 RBI, .847 OPS
  • Potentially eligible at: 1B

3. Adam Dunn, White Sox

  • Age on opening day: 33
  • 2012 stats: .204, 41 HR, 96 RBI, .800 OPS
  • Three-year average: .212, 30 HR, 80 RBI, .771 OPS
  • Potentially eligible at: 1B

4. Adam Lind, Blue Jays

  • Age on opening day: 29
  • 2012 stats: .255, 11 HR, 45 RBI, .729 OPS
  • Three-year average: .246, 20 HR, 68 RBI, .724 OPS
  • Potentially eligible at: 1B

5. Luke Scott, Rays

  • Age on opening day: 34
  • 2012 stats: .229, 14 HR, 55 RBI, .724 OPS
  • Three-year average: .253, 16 HR, 49 RBI, .803 OPS
  • Potentially eligible at: 1B

Others: Travis Hafner, Yankees; Wilson Betemit, Orioles; Carlos Pena, Astros

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