Some of the best fantasy baseball players are still available on waiver wires.
Why? Because fantasy baseball managers are victims of the media.
Everyone knows fantasy baseball is played by numbers, not names. Yet all too often it proves far too hard for us to part ways with an underperforming player we drafted for a no-name stud dominating as a free agent.
Different players receive different levels of attention based on what team they play for (see New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox). Others are just ignored for that same reason. Admit it. We've all passed on Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs players simply because of the jersey they put on before each game.
"Small sample size" becomes a crutch phrase for owners making the disastrous decision to stick with a familiar struggling player over an unknown surging player.
Whatever the reason may be, fantasy studs go unnoticed every year.
We would all be better off if we removed the names from every stat line we see. Since that is not a realistic option, let's instead highlight some under-appreciated names you need to know.
In the spirit of All-Star voting season, here is the All-Star lineup of unsung fantasy studs.