Fortune favors the bold fantasy baseball players looking to seize control of their league.

Drafters can play it safe and fill their squad with dependable veterans, but where’s the fun in that? By taking average players, you’ll finish in the middle of the league’s standings. And when some “sure things” inevitably crumble, you’ll feel all the more crushed.

Based on Las Vegas’ popularity, people are drawn to taking chances. Sure, I just lost $200 playing slots the casino configured to contain odds leaning in its favor, but what if I hit the jackpot on the next spin?

Hopefully your fantasy baseball risks involve more thought and calculation. If you research and pick your spots carefully, a bold maneuver could make the difference between glory and gloom.

On one hand, these guys could leave you downtrodden and wondering what spurred you to make such a stupid selection. As someone who took Matt Kemp in the opening round last year, I can attest to that lonely feeling.

Or bright lights and loud noises can fill the air as you celebrate winning the jackpot.

Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement, nor is it a plea to run for the hills. These guys could help win your league, but they can also cause your demise. Approach with caution, but don’t ignore them if the price is right.


Note: All advanced statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs.

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