Everyone wants to know who the best and worst fantasy baseball players will be in 2014. Hell, I want to know, but since my crystal ball was lost in my last move I'm totally clueless. Well maybe not. You know The Oracle has your back, at least when he's not been drinking leading to others having to save his life at three in the morning. Here is a list of guys that will disappoint in 2014 as well as a list of fellas that seem to be in good spots to offer a significant return on your investment if you're willing to take that leap of faith.
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C: Yan Gomes
I like the bat, but at this point we just aren't certain how much time Carlos Santana will spend at the hot corner. That leaves Gomes potential at-bat mark in the 250-450 range. Don't know about you but that's a risky position to be in if you're looking at Gomes as a top-15 backstop option as many seem to be.
1B: Matt Adams
For now his at-bats are secure but what happens if Allen Craig's body breaks down again forcing him back to first? Also, look a the STL outfield: Craig, Peter Bourjos, Jon Jay and Matt Holliday. That's already crowded and what happens when Oscar Taveras is called up? Too much faith is being put in Adams.
2B: Jose Altuve
He's sometimes taken in the top 6-8 second sackers. I don't know if that is the best idea or not. See the Who To Draft Fantasy Baseball 2014: Second Base article for more on my thoughts.
3B/SS: Xander Bogaerts
It's not that he is going to fail but so much is being expected. If he goes .290 with 12 homers and 12 steals will you be happy?
OF: Billy Hamilton, Michael Cuddyer, Khris Davis
Hamilton. Come on now- he's insanely expensive. Repeat to yourself - .256 batting average, .308 OBP at Triple-A. Cuddyer was fantastic last year, but that was last year. Check out his Player Profile for the reasons you should be a bit worried about 2014. Davis has 20 homer, 70 RBI written all over him. I get the feeling though that numbers like that would disappoint many.
SP: Jose Fernandez, Yordano Ventura, Michael Pineda
Fernandez was great last year, but questions about walks, workload and wins should lead to some pause. Ventura throws 100 and everyone things he's the next Justin Verlander. I just hope the inexperienced rookie who often lacks control doesn't turn out to be Daniel Cabrera. Pineda is a great story but... he last threw a big league pitch in 2011. Can you say with a straight face that you think 160 innings is a lock? You have a terrible poker face.
RP: Joakim Soria, Tommy Hunter
The Rangers want Neftali Feliz to be their closer. He's not ready so he was sent to the minors, but he'll likely be back soon. In steps the formerly elite Soria. Note that Soria has only thrown 23.2 innings the past two seasons. In six seasons of big league pitching Hunter has four saves and four blown saves. He's also had only one season with an ERA under 3.70 an a WHIP under 1.24. Add in that 5.36 K/9 mark and it's time to hide the women and children.