Whoever is into fantasy baseball can probably name this year’s positional MVPs without having to think very hard.
It’s relatively obvious that Brian McCann, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp are the best players fantasy-wise at their respective positions. They were the no-brainers on draft day.
But what fantasy owners like just as much as a "sure thing" is pleasant surprises. After all, who doesn’t like surprises? Owners become overjoyed when they find value where they thought they might have little or none.
Conversely, disappointing players can cost owners dearly. Owners may take a player earlier than expected due to a lack of position depth, only to have them get injured or post career-low numbers. I’m talking to you Geovany Soto and Shin-Soo Choo. If an owner is unlucky enough to have two or three of these players on their team, they probably aren’t going to see any winnings.
Below are my good and bad surprises of the 2011 Fantasy Baseball season. These players have either made their owners feel smart for getting them when they did… or really, really dumb for the same exact reason.
*** All rankings/stats are taken from Yahoo Fantasy Sports as of August 2. ***
*** The "slash" line refers to a player’s average and on base percentage as of August 2. Usually fantasy experts use slugging percentage as well, but I have yet to run into a league that plays with it. ***