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Friday, February 2, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL OUTFIELDERS I WILL AVOID

Having already shared the outfielders I will target this spring in fantasy baseball drafts, here are those I will look to avoid.

Bryce Harper:  Again it is not that I don't respect the insane talent and production Harper has when on the field but the key term is "on the field" as he has dealt with numerous injury issues that have undermined all but one of his MLB campaigns.  The price will never drop here given the brand name and so you have to decide if Harper's risk is worth the sticker cost.

Aaron Judge:  The hype is immense here and rightfully so as Judge comes off arguably the best rookie debut in MLB history but for all the tape-measure home runs the Yankees outfielder cracks, there are a slew of strikeouts as well to drag down the average.  Also, opposing pitchers will have a better handle on how to attack Judge this spring and so a .260 average and a slight drop in homers is likely.

Khris Davis:  With power exploding to unprecedented levels, Davis' 40 home runs are not as valuable as they would have been just two years ago.

Billy Hamilton:  Sorry I have been a huge critic of the one-trick pony that is Billy Hamilton for years and that won't change now.

Adam Duvall:  See Davis, Khris above.

Jay Bruce:  Not liking Bruce going back to the New York Mets and Citi Field in terms of power output.  Yes Bruce is so naturally strong that he should get his 30 homers anyways but he is another batting average-challenged slugger who you can find all over the waiver wire.

Avisail Garcia:  Not paying for the career-year and BABIP-infused average from last season as Garcia's overall power is nothing to write home about.

Matt Kemp:  Another year older and Kemp is taped together like a mummy.

Nick Williams:  Yes Williams had a nice debut for the Philadelphia Phillies a year ago but there are a lot of ground balls here and a possible sketchy average to undermine the sleeper hype some.


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