Fantasy Baseball All-Bust Team: One Star To Avoid from Each Position

Joey HnathCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2011

Fantasy Baseball All-Bust Team: One Star To Avoid from Each Position

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    SURPISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers bats during a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
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    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

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    VIERA, FL - MARCH 02: John Buck #14 of the Florida Marlins looks on during a Spring Training game against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium on March 2, 2011 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    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

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    FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Infielder Justin Morneau #33 of the Minnesota Twins fields some balls during a spring training workout session at Hammond Stadium on February 23, 2011 in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    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

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    SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26:  Kelly Johnson #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks swings his bat against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields on February 26, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona..  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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    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

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    DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Infielder Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Detroit Tigers February 26, 2011 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    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

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    CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 06:  Shortstop Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at Bright House Field on March 6, 2011 in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by J. Me
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    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

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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 11:  Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers hits a RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Ge
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    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

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 06:  Starting pitcher Mat Latos #38 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 6, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    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

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Brad Lidge #54 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after defeating the San Francisco Giants 4-2 in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ha
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    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.