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3/11/2008 01:05:00 PM
Heartbreakers of Fantasy Sports
Rocco Baldelli's combination of power and speed always tempts fantasy owners.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
Even though I work in sports, and my basic job description requires me to have a fairly deep knowledge of sports, I am terrible at fantasy sports. It's not for a lack of trying, as I check my lineups every day and do my best to shuffle active guys in and out of my active roster. I prefer to think that I just have bad luck. Every season I end up with the same guys, hoping this will be the year they finally turn it around, but every year they end up breaking my heart. Here are my top five consistent heartbreakers in fantasy sports.
1. Andruw Jones: Actually, not me so much but for my friend Tony. During his fantasy baseball draft last year, Tony called and asked how Andruw would do. I assured him that he'd have about 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, which he nearly did. I did not mention, however, that Andruw would bat around 230 and have more than 100 strikeouts. One of these days he'll learn to hit the curveball. Maybe.
2. Bobby Engram: Sure, he's a possession receiver at best. But somehow I end up with Engram on my fantasy football team every season, usually through a midseason pick-up following an injury, and every year he teases me but doesn't really do enough to warrant drafting him. I wouldn't know him if I saw him, but I feel like we should be business partners by this point.
3. Stephen Jackson: At some point I will accept that S-Jack is an offensive specialist, able to post multitudes of points in a five-minute flurry. But I still watch every game expecting him to finish with seven or eight assists and boards per night. I've been waiting for about five years...not happening.
4. Rocco Baldelli: I just asked my friend Sam for a recommendation, and "Rocco Baldelli" was the first name he blurted. Understood. I had Baldelli on my team in 2004, so I understand Sam's venom.
5. Michael Vick: OK, it's a little tougher to justify using a second-round pick on Vick these days, but I used to draft him every year, hoping it would finally be the year everything clicked and he'd post 250 passing yards, 75 rushing yards and a couple of TDs every Sunday. Now I know why my team kept going to the dogs.
Who is your fantasy sports heartbreaker? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
blaming marty turco is a little out of line if you consider his last playoff performance. 3 shutouts in 7 games versus vancouver. Dallas would have won the series if the had any sort of scoring ability. With Richards they may have it now. On the Topic of Hockey under achievers. Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovochuck jump right out at you. Marians little brother had more points then him last year
it's seems as if every i end up with lee evans and chris chambers on my fantasy football squad....every year they have their one or two bigs games the only week i put them on the bench for more consistant players