2014 Fantasy Baseball: Avoid Crossover Football Players
Throughout the history of fantasy sports, there have been only a handful of multi-sport athletes, but the two names most synonymous with the crossover was Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders. Since that point, though, there haven’t been any other athletes willing to put in the effort to play two professional sports. That is until the recent rumors started flying around regarding Jameis Winston and Russell Wilson. Both quarterbacks are at the top of their respective field and seem to be ready to take the next step.
Jameis Winston, MLB (QB – Florida State Seminoles) – Fresh off a National Championship, the freshman phenom has been making headlines all month long about his ability on the diamond. The quarterback even played in a FSU scrimmage against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, and despite going 0-2 with one strikeout, the left fielder still managed to turn some heads.
Russell Wilson, Texas Rangers (QB – Seattle Seahawks) – I don’t think many people predicted Wilson would head over to the MLB after winning Super Bowl XLVIII, but there are several reports flying around that the quarterback is serious about baseball. He will join the Rangers for a workout on March 3rd and it has only added to the hype about Wilson’s potential to play in the majors someday.
The bottom line is that if both players transition into their rival sport it is nothing more than a publicity stunt. There are better, more established options to take a shot on during drafts, so don’t get carried away with all the media attention surrounding these two signal callers. If either Wilson or Winston decide to play baseball in the coming seasons, as well as football, fantasy fans should avoid them at all costs.