With quite a few fantasy baseball drafts completed, we can now see a pattern of players who have fallen out of favor with managers. So let’s take a look at three of these and see if you might have a spot for them on your team.
Garrett Jones of the Pittsburgh Pirates is at the top of this list. Last year he had 27 HR, 86 RBI and batted .274. You would think his dual eligibility at 1B and OF would have gotten him a bench spot in most leagues. But neither of these positions are lacking in talent and there might be concern that Jones would find himself in a platoon with Gaby Sanchez at 1B. In that case he would just be moved to the outfield in those games. I can’t see Jones staying on the waiver wire for much of the season. As soon as injured players are officially put on the DL and roster spots open, I would expect him to be picked up pretty quickly.
Ryan Ludwick of the Cincinnati Reds had numbers similar to Jones last year: 26 HR, 80 RBI and .275 AVG. He should again bat in the middle of the Reds’ lineup. Perhaps the issue here is his age since he will turn 35 this season.
Juan Pierre stole 37 bases and batted .307 for the Philadelphia Phillies last year. With the depleted Miami Marlins roster, he should see as much action as he can handle this year. But that might be the issue. At age 36, maybe he could be limited to 100 games this year and his speed might be declining.
Sometimes in the hunt for the next hot prospect or the turn-around special, quality veterans get overlooked. Keep your eye on these three players. At some point in the season, you might need them to help your team.
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