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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers

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You might want to let someone else draft or buy these closers in your leagues this spring.

At long last, our journey has come to an end.

Over the past two months, we've worked tirelessly (read: written two blurbs a week) to bring you a player to target and to avoid for each fantasy position. We hope our collective experience has helped you recoup some value and avoid some mistakes in your drafts this year, and we've enjoyed the debates that many of the names we've listed have spurred.

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February 28, 2014 8:50 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Starting Pitchers

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You might want to let someone else draft or buy these pitchers in your leagues this spring.

There are so many pitchers to choose from. It's not that hard to not choose one of the following.

Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
I’ve never been shy about my feelings for Buchholz and of course he burned me to a crisp last year with a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. I’ve never been a fan and I think the reasons are sound:


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February 21, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Outfielders

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You might want to let someone else draft or buy these players in your leagues this spring.

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February 14, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Basemen

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You might want to let someone else draft or buy these players in your leagues this spring.

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February 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops

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You might want to let someone else pick or buy these players at your drafts and auctions this spring.

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January 31, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Second Basemen

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You might want to let someone else draft or buy these keystoners this spring.

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January 24, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: First Basemen

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You might want to let someone else gamble on these players in your fantasy drafts and auctions this spring.

First base is a very deep position, which affords fantasy owners plenty of opportunities to pad every offensive stat save for steals through their use. It also means that plays who whiff on their first base picks are automatically in a hole, an must make up for that lost ground elsewhere. Making up ground stinks, so be wary of these eight players.

Jose Abreu White Sox
This comes with a caveat, I’m not saying Jose Abreu will be a bust, but at a position like 1B, you have to get the production levels right. We don’t know what Jose Abreu will be in 2014; all we have are some reports and memories of his performance in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. In deeper leagues he’s worth a shot, but in a standard 5x5 league, there’s too much risk here to pursue him aggressively. Sure, sometimes a gamble like this can pay off like Yoenis Cespedes did, but I would strongly advise against taking a huge gamble at a position that produces at the level 1B does. —Mauricio Rubio


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January 17, 2014 6:29 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers

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You might not want to buy or draft these backstops in your leagues this spring.

On Monday, the BP Fantasy staff brought you a collection of catchers you’d be wise to target in your drafts this season. Because every internet column has an equal and opposite column, we shall now bring you the names of many backstops you should avoid.

Travis d’Arnaud, Mets
Dissing d’Arnaud, while certainly a catchy name for a cover band, isn’t something I jumped at. In long-term leagues, by all means, go crazy. But for the upcoming season, I’m not going out of my way for any Met not named David Wright (pitchers not included). The 24-year-old will be buried at the bottom of a New York lineup that finished 29th in terms of wOBA (.297) in 2013, and while the team might be marginally better with Curtis Granderson onboard, I’m not seeing an offensive revival of great significance. We have only 31 games of major-league data to go by, and that small sample size produced a lowly line of .202/.286/.263 and one home run. A full-time job doesn’t guarantee anything—even for a former no. 1 organizational prospect—and I’m afraid the name might outweigh d’Arnaud’s actual value on draft day. —Alex Kantecki


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