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Sometimes a player is just so good in one category that you’re willing to look past his oftentimes large inadequacies in others. Dee Gordon was one such player last year (though that didn’t quite work out) and anyone investing a keeper selection in Billy Hamilton this year feels the same about him.
Here are 10 players who epitomize the label “one-category stud.”
10. Kyle Lohse, SP, FA
Maybe it’s unfair to call Lohse a one-category stud — after all, he’s won 30 games in the last two years while delivering great ERA and WHIP numbers — but Lohse’s value is tied completely to his ERA. If he gets a little unlucky and his ERA balloons up to 4.00 or higher, he doesn’t have the strikeouts to compensate and his fantasy value will plummet.
9. Joe Mauer, C, MIN
OK, so Mauer does score a good number of runs for a catcher and should tally 80+ RBI batting at the heart of the Twins lineup, but Mauer’s ascended to the ranks of the elite at catcher because he’s the only player at the position who’s g
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