Risk Ratings: Risky Rehabs and Returns for MLB 2014

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Risk Ratings: Risky Rehabs and Returns for MLB 2014
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One of the best ways to get a quick advantage in any fantasy draft is to understand the comebacks. Whether it's Tommy John or knee surgery, the idea that any player can be predicted is false. It's only some injuries and some players that can be accurately predicted. Anything outside of that adds to the risk portfolio of any team and/or fantasy team.

In this slideshow, I've selected 10 players that have a rehab that could alter the fortunes of themselves and their teams. Albert Pujols might be a value if he slides in your fantasy draft, but he could also alter the values of the pitchers on the team and the players hitting around him in the lineup. If Derek Holland can come back, some of the pressure on the Rangers bullpen will be relieved.

There's always context, so it's important to understand where these players are, what a reasonable expectation is and how to value them. I checked with team officials, medical staff and scouts before writing these up to give you the best view. Of course, throughout the season I'll be following these and the rest of the injuries in my Under The Knife column. For now, let's take a look at 10 of the most impactful injury rehabs as we head into the 2014 season.

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