For better, for worse
As February has slipped into March, exhibition games are underway in Florida and Arizona. It's a fun time of year, preparing for the start of the baseball season and the fantasy season. All serious fantasy owners should do their own preseason calisthenics by mock drafting. Do at least a couple of mock drafts between now and when you start drafting for real. Any biases you have will become apparent after a two or three mock drafts. If you always end up with
I admit I have my own biases. I have tended to avoid alleged steroid and HGH abusers,
It's about time I face reality and temper my views a bit. The Alex Rodriguez revelation is the latest steroid bombshell, and undoubtedly not the last. A-Roid was one of 104 players that tested positive in 2003. You would expect some additional big names among the remaining 103 players on that list. I bet my fantasy squads from last year were chock full of steroid cheats, but I just didn't know it.
A scan of the Most Valuable Player Award winners confirms the problem. Players linked to performance-enhancing drugs won eight of the last 16 National League MVPs. Before you blame that all on Bonds, he accounted for only four of the eight. The American League also had 50 percent with eight of the last 16 MVPs. Keep in mind that this ratio could very well increase if some of the assumed "clean" winners turn out to have been using as well. What a mess.
From a fantasy perspective, you can't compete if you refuse to include an
As you prepare for your fantasy draft, you can't help wonder if some of the users suddenly play clean in '09 and consequently suffer performance reductions. So let's see if some of these players have room to improve this season (for better) or are at risk of a substantial drop-off (for worse).