Fantasy baseball success does not always correlate with MLB players’ actual production.
In leagues that stick to the simple 10 categories, a player’s true merit can be over- or understated in our imaginary game.
Speedsters with an otherwise limited skill set are precious commodities in fantasy leagues. Sluggers who slack defensively get a pass. Relief pitchers without saves attached to their names often get the cold shoulder.
Of course, some leagues have shifted to implementing different statistical measures that help blur the line between fantasy and reality. For the thousands of participants in standard 5x5 formats, the perception of these players’ worth is overrated due to their ability to master those specific categories.