Fantasy Baseball 2012: 20 Early-Round Picks from 2011 You Should Not Draft

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Fantasy Baseball 2012: 20 Early-Round Picks from 2011 You Should Not Draft
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Fantasy baseball veterans know full well that a season, heck not even a good draft, is made in the first five rounds, but it surely can be broken if you miss on one of your top five players.

It’s easy to look back at mock drafts from the previous season and conclude that many of the so-called fantasy experts know little more than the rest of us when it comes to projecting future success. What it really tells us, however, is how fickle and cruel the game of baseball can be, as even some of the game’s elite players fail to consistently justify their draft positions. 

Be it injury, age, change of scenery, commitment issues or any combination of the four, the following is a list of players that come with gigantic “Buyer Beware” signs attached to their names.

I’m not suggesting that you pass on these players entirely, only that you should proceed with extreme caution when investing an early pick (snake draft) or substantial draft dollars (auction draft) in their 2012 performance.

Based on a standard 12-team, 5x5, head-to-head league format, the list is provided in descending order from the highest projected 2011 position to the lowest (projections provided by this 2011 ESPN.com Mock Draft 2.0).

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