High Fives: Which players are drafted too high?

Brandon Funston
Yahoo! SportsFebruary 10, 2005
Yahoo! Sports' trio of fantasy experts will each offer up, on a regular basis, their top five lists covering a variety of topics.

This week's topics: Players that will be drafted too high or low in fantasy drafts, players that our experts have taken out "restraining orders" against, as well as predictions for the leaders in HR's and Wins.

Top 5 players you're willing to overreach for in '05 baseball drafts
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Miguel Cabrera
  2. Josh Beckett
  3. Joe Mauer
  4. Jeremy Bonderman
  5. Jason Lane

    His first full-time gig will remind us how good a hitter he was supposed to be

  1. Lance Berkman
  2. Sammy Sosa

    He'll enjoy hitting in between Tejada and Palmeiro.

  3. Mike Lowell
  4. Richie Sexson
  5. Joe Mauer
  1. David Wright
  2. Oliver Perez

    Got a loss or no decision 13 times when allowing three or fewer earned runs.

  3. Victor Martinez
  4. Dallas McPherson
  5. Jake Peavy
Top 5 players who will be drafted too high in '05 drafts
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Edgar Renteria
  2. Kerry Wood

    Great talent, but averages 11 wins, 3.63 ERA in six full seasons

  3. Mike Piazza
  4. Torii Hunter
  5. Richard Hidalgo
  1. Edgar Renteria

    Will score runs in Boston, but Sox are notorious for taking away the running game.

  2. Francisco Cordero
  3. Mike Piazza
  4. Zack Greinke
  5. Vernon Wells
  1. Carl Crawford

    Career .315 OBP makes an eventual move from leadoff logical.

  2. Pedro Martinez
  3. Adrian Beltre
  4. Jeff Kent
  5. Barry Bonds
Top 5 players who you refuse to draft for personal reasons
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Barry Bonds

    I have a strict "no recliner in the locker room" policy

  2. Sammy Sosa
  3. Luis Castillo
  4. Mark Buehrle
  5. Danny Graves
  1. Sidney Ponson
  2. J.D. Drew

    I've been bitten on a couple occasions, watching him miss extensive portions of '01 and '03.

  3. Chipper Jones
  4. Mike Mussina
  5. Nomar Garciaparra
  1. Jose Reyes

    I've been on this ride for two years. I'm going to take a year off.

  2. Barry Bonds
  3. Scott Rolen
  4. Jorge Posada
  5. Sammy Sosa
Top 5 home run hitters of '05
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Mark Teixeira

    Started hinting at his power potential with 38 HR in his '04 soph campaign

  2. Adam Dunn
  3. Jim Thome
  4. Alex Rodriguez
  5. Albert Pujols
  1. Alex Rodriguez
  2. Barry Bonds

    Has 33-plus HR's for 13 straight seasons and now has Alou's potent bat behind him.

  3. Albert Pujols
  4. Jim Thome
  5. Mark Teixeira
  1. Albert Pujols

    Three-year averages of 41 HR's and 125 RBIs, and no dropoff in batting average.

  2. Jim Thome
  3. Adam Dunn
  4. Mark Teixeira
  5. Manny Ramirez
Top 5 Wins leaders of '05
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Randy Johnson
  2. Mark Mulder
  3. Johan Santana
  4. Mark Prior

    I'm expecting him to bounce back in a big way, much like the Big Unit did in '04

  5. Jason Schmidt
  1. Randy Johnson
  2. Jason Schmidt
  3. Mark Mulder

    Should nab second 20-win campaign behind potent lineup and luxury of facing opposing hurlers.

  4. Roger Clemens
  5. Johan Santana
  1. Randy Johnson
  2. Tim Hudson
  3. Roy Oswalt
  4. Johan Santana

    13-0 after All-Star break. Scary thing: his '03 second-half splits were almost as good

  5. Mark Mulder