As you know, we are in the process of conducting a 2014 mock draft (which I am winning), and there were several players that I just couldn’t get excited about even though my brain was telling me I should.
I’m not calling anyone out for picking these players, I’m just saying I don’t think their actual value is as high as their name value. The players on this list are all very talented, and are definitely good players, but you should always try to draft the best stats on the board and not necessarily the most famous names or pedigrees.
You wouldn’t give a smelly rose to your girlfriend would you? So why do it to your fantasy team?
With that said, here is Offseason list #6. Boy, do I need to pick up the pace.
Most Overrated Players Heading into 2014
Desmond Jennings — I certainly understand the appeal. He’s all kinds of toolsy, he has a decent power/speed combo, and he posts fairly good run totals. It sounds good (so maybe this isn’t fair) but something about him just makes me feel like the BA will never be good, and there is some B.J. Upton-esque badness in his future. I would rather just wait and draft Norichika Aoki.
Buster Posey –– He had a terrible second half to last season. I know how great he was a year ago, but that’s in the past. He’s still a top catcher, but the separation in value relative to other good catchers just doesn’t justify where he’ll be drafted. I’ll wait on catcher this year, especially given how sneakily deep the position is.
Jason Heyward — In our mock he was not overrated, but we’re all really smart (what, you beg to differ?). The way others talk about him warrants placement on this list. Peanut brittle is more durable than Heyward — I’m just not giving him a pass on his inability to stay healthy.
Matt Kemp — Kemp is like Heyward times 20. Anywhere near the first two rounds is just insane to me.
Ben Zobrist — This one hurts because he’s one of my guys. I always own Zobrist, but this is probably going to be the year I don’t. He’s just fine as a top 10 2B I think, but I am completely over him as a top 5 guy.
Wil Myers — He had a really nice rookie campaign, you can’t deny that. I think pitchers will figure him out next year, and that batting average will drop by 30 points or more. The power is probably legit, but aren’t we really just talking about a sexier version of a healthy Josh Willingham? Maybe Willingham just never got the love he deserved, or maybe Myers is getting too much love. I’m sure one of those will prove to be true.
Manny Machado — I’m not adding him to this list because of his knee injury. He’s a special talent, and one day he will be great, but for now his name value is ahead of his actual value (assuming he stays at 3B).
Evan Longoria — I think people are in love with his “potential” but I have news for you people: By now, he is what he is, and that’s a borderline top 5 3B. He shouldn’t be considered elite.