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  1. I’m trying to figure who else is on your list. Let’s see, I came up with a list of 7, I’m sure I’m forgetting one or two…Todd Helton, Chase Utley, David Wright, Rickie Weeks, Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, and Alex Rodriguez. I’m going to say Wright is too mid-risk, mid-reward to make the list and Helton seems more like Chipper than Beltran in terms of risk/reward.

    I’ll say:
    5 – Weeks
    4 – Cruz
    3 – Utley
    2 – A-Rod
    1 – Hamilton

    Is this restricted to position players? Seems like pitchers are by nature more high risk/high reward.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — January 4, 2012 @ 11:54 am

  2. Geezzz Brad….. Why don’t you just date his ex? Let him get his article out there.

    Comment by jb2010 — January 4, 2012 @ 11:57 am

  3. I’d assume Hanley is on there.

    Comment by tdotsports1 — January 4, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

  4. Is this a list of 10 riskiest veterans that are fantasy relevant in increasing order of riskiness? I’m confused a little by what this list is supposed to be measuring….

    Morneau seems like a good candidate too

    Comment by Scott — January 4, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  5. Yes, I sort of envisioned this list to be in increasing order of riskiness — the likelihood of more time lost due to injury coupled with how high they will go in drafts.

    Morneau did not make the list as he is not someone I would recommend to anyone. I do not believe he will make any kind of legitimate comeback and the depth at first base gives you little reason to take the chance on him.

    Comment by Howard Bender — January 4, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

  6. If there is one thing I have noticed, it is that a) Brad can’t help but pat himself on the back and b) doesn’t mind making sure everyone knows how damn awesome he is. He is someone who certainly turns me off. I agree with the later poster. Do try to keep your arrogance from interfering with OPs, eh Brad?

    But hey, if it makes you feel better, here’s a gold star for your otherworldly fantasy abilities.

    Comment by Brad — January 4, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  7. Hey that’s funny – I swear you copied this straight of my DO NOT DRAFT list for 2012.

    Comment by Super Shredder — January 4, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  8. Great list so far. I’m going to say…
    5. Freddy Sanchez
    4. Ryan Zimmerman
    3. Dustin Pedroia
    2. Josh Hamilton
    1. Nelson Cruz
    Sanchez won’t go too high, but his injury history is awful. I left A-Rod off because I think he might actually be okay this year. Honorable mentions go to Hanley and Josh Johnson.

    Comment by Sandlot Scrub — January 4, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

  9. What’s wrong with speculating about the other 5 guys on the list? It’s in keeping with the grand tradition of multi-article top X lists.

    If you don’t like that I share my successes when they are relevant to an article, I’m not sure what I can say. Isn’t that the point of the comments section in a fantasy forum? To discuss how the article relates to your fantasy experience? A fantasy article is only helpful if you can take the lesson and apply it to yourself.

    But since you complained, I’ll completely cut the “I have for ” posts from my repertoire. You are right about those posts, sharing that information doesn’t help me conceptualize how I got to that position. Instead, I will focus on how I was able to identify that player’s value in the first place.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — January 5, 2012 @ 9:16 am

  10. The quote in paragraph 3 should read “I have ‘player highlighted in article’ at ‘cost.’”

    Didn’t realize that using < around a word without HTML code would still make it disappear.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — January 5, 2012 @ 9:20 am

  11. As long as the player produces when healthy and gets DL’d when injured (like Reyes last season) then it doesn’t really matter. You can almost always find good value for a short period of time on the waiver wire for these guys, and in the end you will have above-average production from that roster position.

    Comment by Big Jgke — January 5, 2012 @ 11:15 am

  12. You were damn close.

    Comment by Congo Hammer — February 4, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

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