Whether it's due to our preconceived notions of a player, the other names available at the position on the free-agent market or regular-season performances that don't jump off the page and demand attention, there are a handful of players who, every year, fall into the underrated category on the open market.
These are the players who become afterthoughts, the fallback option for teams when they swing and miss in their attempts to acquire their first, second and third choices to upgrade a specific position. They're the equivalent of the "safe school" that we apply to when trying to pick what college we're going to attend.
We don't really want to go there, but if all else fails, we will—and more often than not, the school exceeds our expectations.
While the start of free agency is still a few weeks away, it's never too early to begin to take stock of the market. Here's the player at each position who could contribute to a team's success—but whom nobody's really going to be beating down the door to sign out of the gate.