By Lawrence Barreca.
Every year, fantasy owners grab big-name stars early on in their drafts, only to find that the once heralded player failed to meet expectations. Below are five names that could very well fall into this category, as we hope to prepare you to avoid any such instance.
Let's see who we have in store.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (SP) (BOS)
Sorry, Boston fans, but I think someone had to finally stand up and say it. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s short major league career seemed promising during his rookie campaign; however, one cannot say the same since. Last season, he went 4-6 with a 5.76 ERA and 54 Ks. After missing a chunk of last season with a shoulder injury and having his short injury-free stint resulting in a massive number of walks, Matsuzaka’s year went from bad to worse.
So coming into 2010, one can expect Daisuke to be healthy and prepared to rebound, right? Wrong.
According to ESPN, Matsuzaka experienced soreness in both sides of his upper back while working out at the Athletes’ Performance Institute in Arizona this offseason. That’s always the best thing to hear in the morning. For fantasy owners, this is a red flag. With all of the injuries sustained last season, how can an owner be confident drafting him this season with this issue? You can’t.
For any potential Matsuzaka owners, I suggest ignoring him in your next fantasy draft. Let’s face facts here. Do you really want to take a chance on an injury-risk, erratic starter in the middle rounds of your draft? It doesn’t make much sense when you sit down and think about it. Avoid him until the later rounds, but I wouldn’t doubt that someone would have grabbed him by then anyway...