The game of fantasy baseball is riddled with cliches. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Nobody wins the league on draft day. It is better to go to bed early than late.
They are being rolled out, year after year, as analysts hope to allay fears of overreaction from fantasy managers while teaching them that, even in the game of baseball, history often repeats itself.
Yet no matter how many times we see the same things happen year after year, there are some who simply refuse to learn. Years of data could stare them in the eye, waving a variety of red flags and yet, like a fish that keeps falling for the same hook and worm, they continue to ignore the obvious. If you want to know who the fish is in your league, find the team that makes up Byron Buxton, and if that fish is you, trade it now.
Over seven major league seasons, Buxton played as many as 140 games once. His talent may be off the charts and, as a true player, his effort is second to none, but this guy spends more time on the injured list than on the field.
Last year it was a broken tooth, a broken hand and a strained hamstring. The previous year it was a concussion, a sprained foot and a shoulder injury. The year before, it was a shoulder, knee and wrist injury. It goes on and on. He might be one of the most dynamic players with all the potential in the world, but if he’s not playing, he’s not helping your fantasy team.
As he does every year, Buxton came out with a big bat this season. His batting average might have been pedestrian, but in the first two weeks of the season he had two doubles, three homers, four RBIs and one stolen base. His slugging percentage of 1.067 ranked second in the majors. People were, once again, thrilled with its benefits and potential, but what happened next? The same thing that happens every year. Buxton got hurt.
The injury kept the Twins superstar out for just a week, and while you’re reading this, he’s likely going 2-for-3 with a home run. But no matter how tempted you might be, it should be avoided, and if you’ve already listed it, you should redeem it now. His value will only diminish as each time at bat brings him closer and closer to his next trip to the injured list.
Howard Bender is Content Manager at FantasyAlarm.com. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and find him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy baseball tips.