Fantasy owners know there will always be players at each position who can make or break a season by performing much better — or much worse — than expected. Here are the players whose skills have slipped to the point we’ll let someone else draft them in 2017.
C Evan Gattis, Houston Astros: He set career highs with 32 homers and an .826 OPS in 2016, but is going to lose at-bats after the additions of Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers: He batted .285 last season, but posted lowest career OPS and tied his career-low in home runs.
2B Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates: Statistics have dropped dramatically since All-Star 2014 season and he only qualifies at one position now, not three.
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays: He will still hit some home runs — and he topped 130 games for the first time since 2011 — but you can easily find better value than the 32-year-old.
3B Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals: As the .247 career hitter returns from a torn ACL, you have to wonder if his .284 average, 22 homers and 82 RBI in 2015 were flukes.
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates: Not to pile on McCutchen, but don’t let the name distract you from his rapidly declining numbers (.256/.336/.430).
SP Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks: Was his poor 2016 due to injury, a new home park or just the natural aging curve? No longer in the tier of aces.
RP David Robertson, Chicago White Sox: Walk rate skyrocketed last season, leading to an uncloser-like 1.36 WHIP. Will still get save chances, but blow more than most.
(Pitchers by Steve Gardner)