Red Sox players to target, avoid in fantasy baseball drafts
By Sean Penney
Fantasy baseball is more exciting when you can draft players from your favorite team. Which Boston Red Sox players should you target and avoid?
With the 2017 season rapidly approaching, it’s time for fantasy baseball junkies to start preparing for their drafts. Boston Red Sox fans will certainly be tempted to target players from their favorite team, but knowing which ones to go after and who to avoid reaching for could make or break your draft.
Anyone planning to participate in a competitive fantasy league needs to enter their draft with a plan, which will partially be dictated on what type of league you’re in. Is it head-to-head or rotisserie? Snake or auction draft? How many teams are in the league, how many roster spots do you need to fill and what categories are used for scoring? It’s essential to know all of this before your draft because player values may vary depending on the rules of your league.
Finding value is the key to fantasy sports. Any dope can draft reigning MVP Mike Trout in the first round, but winning your league will require finding a few diamonds in the rough and avoiding early-round busts.
A Red Sox roster loaded with talent provides fans with plenty of options to draft in their fantasy league. You would be hard pressed to find many players in Boston’s starting lineup or rotation that aren’t worth drafting, but not all of them are good values based on which round you’ll have to take them or how much of your auction budget you’ll need to spend to ensure they land on your squad.
That’s why we’ll be using rankings provided by ESPN and Yahoo to determine our top targets, sleepers and busts.