Fantasy Baseball All-Bust Team: One Star To Avoid from Each Position
With Opening Day just days away, many fantasy baseball leagues are conducting their drafts. Draft day can either make or break your team’s chances this season.
A trendy approach to the draft is to recognize and draft “sleeper” players, but avoiding players who will be a bust is just as important.
Players like Grady Sizemore, A.J. Burnett and Nate McLouth killed fantasy owners in 2010, and it’s crucial to avoid drafting “bust” players in 2011.
Here is my 2011 All-Bust fantasy team.
C: John Buck
Buck had a solid 2010 campaign, belting 20 homers for the Blue Jays.
His new home in Miami will not do him any favors.
Don’t draft Buck as your starting catcher as his power numbers will decline.
1B: Justin Morneau
Morneau was off to a sensational start in 2010 before sustaining yet another concussion.
It is tough to predict how he will return from this concussion. He could be fine, or he could have long-term problems much like fellow Canadian Corey Koskie, who was forced to retire due to concussions.
The smart move is to play it safe and don’t draft Morneau as your starting first baseman, but rather slot him in your 1B/3B position.
2B: Kelly Johnson
After struggling in Atlanta, Johnson broke out in a big way in 2010 for Arizona.
Although he could keep up his production from 2010, it is far more likely that he will regress and no longer perform like a top-10 second baseman.
Look for other options at second.
3B: Jose Bautista
Bautista and his 54 home runs won fantasy championships for several owners in 2010, but 2011 will be a very different year.
Although his main position will be in the outfield, Bautista still has third-base eligibility and many owners will target him as their third baseman.
Bautista’s numbers skyrocketed in 2010, but his 2011 home run total could be anywhere from 20-40.
He could end up having a decent season, but don’t be the owner to reach for Bautista expecting a repeat of 2010.
SS: Jimmy Rollins
Rollins isn’t as young as he once was, and his numbers reflect his age.
Injuries have also been a hindrance for the Philly shortstop, which adds another question mark for Rollins’ 2011 season.
He won’t steal as many bases anymore, and his average is declining. Let the Phillies fan in your league select Rollins.
OF: Josh Hamilton
When healthy, Hamilton is as good as anyone. Playing a full season is the big question for Hamilton.
Since his comeback, he has battled injuries almost every season, and doctors are unable to predict how his body will hold up due the abuse he put it through in his younger days.
Matt Holliday is a much safer bet than Hamilton in 2011.
SP: Mat Latos
The young San Diego ace performed great in 2010, but racked up a high innings count. This type of workload could take a toll on Latos in 2011.
His arm may get fatigued a little easier, and he may encounter some slumps as hitters adjust to him.
Latos will be a top-10 pitcher one day, but he will not reach this level in 2011.
RP: Brad Lidge
The Philadelphia closer is starting the season on the DL, which is not a good sign for him.
His career has been filled with ups and downs, and he may encounter another valley in his career trajectory in 2011.
Draft closers who are safe bets. In 2011, Lidge is not a safe bet.