Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox
Rios has been one of the most frustrating fantasy players in recent memory. Throughout his career he has both tantalized and tormented us with up-and-down seasons, and 2012 is no different. Rios batted .311 in April, but he contributed just one homer, one steal, six runs and eight RBI. Given how he stumbled through 2011 to a .227 average, at least he was giving us something, but you can’t roster a player on pace for six homers, six steals, 36 runs and 48 RBI just because he’s hitting over .300.
Since then Rios has been a completely different player. He’s flashing some power of late, hitting four homers in his last 10 games, and though his batting average has dropped it’s not because he’s striking out more. To the contrary, he’s actually striking out a tad less. So, is Rios worth owning? It’s hard to tell, and judging by his 54 percent ownership rate in Yahoo! leagues right now, most people are confused as well.
My advice: Take a chance on him if you...