The White Sox were a black hole for two players last season. One of those players was Alex Rios. You know who the other was. Rios finished 13th among all players in 2010, and even though some regression was expected he would certainly still be a good-very good option among fantasy outfielders. After the putrid stink that was the rotting carcass of Rios’ 2011 season we need a new word to describe that kind of regression. In just 7.6 percent fewer plate appearances Rios scored 28.1 percent fewer runs, hit 38.1 percent fewer homers, tallied an astounding 50 percent fewer RBI and stole a whopping 67.6 fewer bases. By any measure imaginable, Rios sucked.
Best case scenario: Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
Similar players: Chris Young (ARI), Jayson Werth (WAS), Adam Jones (BAL) but faster
Worst case scenario: The 2011 version of Alex Rios
Balance. Rios won’t wow in any one category, though he does have 30-steal potential, so his true value comes from his ability to contribute everywhere ...