Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/16/14
I’m not trying to start any fires here, but there certainly are people who were way over-drafted in most leagues. I’m not one to shy away from making my opinions known either. The following are players I wouldn’t have drafted anyways, but many did. Some are loved by many, others are not. Without any further ado, here are 10 players that are owned in over 75% of leagues (both ESPN and Yahoo!) that I am worried about.Note: Players must be owned in at least 75% of leagues.10. Danny Espinosa, 2B/SS, WAS (Yahoo: 81%, ESPN: 100%)If 18 HR, 65 RBI and 18 SB are sufficient stats for your starting 2B/SS then, by all means, draft Espinsoa. You’d be wasting a pick, however. Of all the hitters on the Nationals, Espinosa is one of the worst; he’s never hit over .250 and he strikes out way too much (182 last year). As of this post, he’s hitting a robust .182 with three runs scored.  Nothing else though.9. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (Yahoo: 96%, ESPN: 100%)In eight seasons, “Fraudwin” Encarnacion as I’ve come to call him has played 140 or more games twice. This guy is just not durable. He’s also a fraud — he never hit more than 27 HR or drove in more than 80 runs once before last year. Maybe he’s hitting his stride at age 30, but he’s one of the guys I didn’t consider touching on draft day for the reasons mentioned. Oh yeah, he’s also hitting .087 with 1 HR and 3 RBI, and his main protection, Jose Bautista, has been out to start the year.8. Nick Swisher, 1B/OF, CLE (Yahoo: 96%, ESPN: 100%)Swisher isn’t terrible, he’s just not that effective right now. He will be later in the season, but now isn’t the time for Swish-A-Lish to grace your squad. He’s got four hits and an RBI. AN RBI. One RBI. This from a guy who’s basically only useful in two categories: HR and RBI. Drop and don’t look back.7. Greg Holland, RP, KC (Yahoo: 87%, ESPN: 99.6%)Holland’s tenuous hold on the Royals’ closing spot isn’t as tenuous as it should be. Manager Ned Yost says it’s still Holland’s job but it should be lost already. In a whopping two innings, he has given up 4 ER and 4 BB with just 3 K. And if that isn’t bad enough for you, his WHIP is 4.00 and his ERA 18.00. If you own Holland (not the country) and haven’t grabbed Kelvin Herrara already, do so, because it’s only a matter of time.6. Lance Lynn, SP, STL (Yahoo: 85%, ESPN: 97.3%)Lynn was a guy who burst onto the scene in the first half of 2012, but he faded greatly down the stretch. Well, the fade has continued into 2013 as he gave up 4 ER and 3 BB in four innings of work in his first start this year. In August of last year alone, his ERA was 6.66. If that isn’t an omen, than I don’t know what is.5. Jesus Montero, C, SEA (Yahoo: 75%, ESPN: 93.5%)I never really saw the appeal with this guy when he got traded to the Mariners for Michael Pineda. ESPN ranked him in the pre-season as the 11th-best catcher, but that’s like being the 11th most famous Osmond sibling — there were only two really famous ones. He has already sat a few times and has only hit .182 when he’s been in the lineup. If he is playing a position where his at-bats are already limited, then why would you keep him any longer, especially after already sitting out in favor of Kelly Shoppach?4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT (Yahoo: 75%, ESPN: 98.8%)If you reserve a spot on your team for a guy who has fanned more times than all of the Geishas in the history of Earth, then by all means, keep Alvarez. He’s already struck out 10 times in 22 at-bats and is batting .091 in 2013. He is destined for 200+ strikeouts already if he lasts that long. He’s only useful in homers and RBI and he’s only got one between the two categories. My advice is drop for now and keep an eye on him when/if he begins to heat up.3. John Axford, RP, MIL (Yahoo: 76%, ESPN: 96.6%)The Annual Axford Implosion of 2013 has begun!! I stupidly drafted him last year and waded through the b***s**t, but I’m not a glutton for punishment. He’s already tanked this year and as we know, closer jobs are the fastest-changing gigs in the MLB. He has already been replaced by Jim Henderson and despite him laboring through a 30-pitch save I find it hard to believe Axford is close to getting his job back.2. Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (Yahoo: 95%, ESPN: 98.4%)Let the fan-boys prattle on anew! I didn’t see anything special about Lawrie last year other than he was another guy with way too many tattoos. I don’t have a problem with tattoos, it’s just when you have more of them then homers, than you’ve outlived your usefulness. See: Jerry Sands, Ryan Roberts, Chris Andersen, etc. He started this season hurt and was over-drafted. Kyle Seager is more useful in the long run and has proven to do so with less fanfare.1. Roy Halladay, SP, PHI (Yahoo: 96%, ESPN: 100%)He’s unfortunately done. One of the greatest pitchers is on the downswing of his career and I didn’t want to believe it. He ended last season with his highest ERA (4.49) in 12 years.  He sucked in the spring and it has carried over into his two starts this season — he’s given up 12 ER in just seven innings. You might want to give him one more start to truly decide if it’s time to put up Ol’ Doc out to pasture.
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