Fantasy Baseball Five Players To Avoid Early

by Matt Jenkins

One player is not going to make or break a fantasy baseball team. With that being said, people are always looking to avoid potential busts in the early rounds. Here is a look at five guys who are going just a bit too high to take a chance on.

Five Players To Avoid Early

Credit: Roy Luck

Credit: Roy Luck

Jose Altuve (2B – HOU) It is always enjoyable to root for a player who is not only one of the smallest guys in the league, but stuck on a rebuilding squad. Jose Altuve had a pretty special season in fantasy baseball in 2014. With that being said, he probably can't keep that up in 2015. That means taking him as a 1st or 2nd round pick just seems crazy. Hitting .341 and stealing 56 bases just won't happen again.

Chris Sale (SP - CWS) The left-handed pitcher is pretty special, but he is also a bit of a liability because he always seems to get banged up. Before the season even gets going, he is dealing with a foot injury. Advance scouts do not really like his delivery, and that could cause some serious health issues down the road as well. There are just too many question marks surrounding a guy who is being talked about in the top 20 overall picks in fantasy baseball.

Madison Bumgarner (SP - SF) Should you really stay away from a pitcher who is coming off one of the best postseason performances ever? Yes, simply because, someone in your fantasy baseball league will be a little to in love with him. He is one of the best pitchers in the game right now, but he is not a 1st or 2nd round pick in fantasy. If he slips by the 3rd round, pounce on him. Otherwise, go after a consistent position player.

Aroldis Chapman (RP - CIN) It is very easy to get caught up with the speed of Chapman as a pitcher. However, you really do not want to go after someone too early in the draft when they are likely going to throw around 70 innings all year long. Even if the 27-year-old ends up being the best closer in the game, a draft pick in the 1st 5 rounds would be better used on someone else.

Freddie Freeman (1B - ATL) Freeman has to look around the locker room in Atlanta and wonder where everyone went. The 1st baseman for the Atlanta Braves is in store for a new situation with this franchise. The team is not as good as they have been in the past, and that could hurt his RBI opportunities. Playing at a loaded first-base position, it just does not make much sense to draft him within the 1st 35 picks.

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