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FOMO -- Players I Wanted That I Didn't Get
Usually toward the eve of the baseball season, I’d schedule one last NFBC RotoWire Online Championship draft to get as many of the players in this category as I could. It was my FOMO draft, and I’d reach for the guys I was annoyed at myself for missing. I don’t rule it out this year, but hopefully this article scratches the itch because those teams almost never cashed.
I detailed the players I did get here, and also the players I purposely avoided. But here are the guys I wanted but didn’t get:
Juan Soto — it’s funny because now he has an oblique injury, so I’m glad I avoided him, but I was hoping to get him in the late first in three of my four drafts.
Max Scherzer — I love old pitchers, and Scherzer is good every year. I took Justin Verlander over him in two leagues, and that was almost a coin flip
Jazz Chisholm — Second base is thin, especially after the Jose Altuve injury, and Chisholm has first-round upside. The issue is his park and lineup, but there’s 30/30 upside.
Yu Darvish — Another old and reliable pitcher, on a good team and in a good park. He could easily go in the third or fourth round, but he’s available in the fifth and sixth.
Clayton Kershaw — I always get Kershaw, but I just missed him in my Main Event this year. If he pitches 175 innings, he’ll do yeoman’s work for your ERA and WHIP.
Reid Detmers — He was already a good prospect, and now he’s gained velocity. It’s so easy to see a breakout here, and I just missed him in a couple leagues.
Giancarlo Stanton — I had him queued up and was snaked by one pick in BCL3. He could easily hit 50 homers in 150 games — the power is still there, and he’s in the right park and lineup.
Cal Raleigh — He was good last year, still reasonably priced, and there’s some hype about him coming out of camp. I just played ADP chicken a round too long a couple times.
Clarke Schmidt — A former top prospect on a good team, having a great spring. He was cheap too early on.
Jorge Mateo — He had 13 HR and 35 steals last year, still has a starting job and is going at pick 233.
Matthew Boyd — He’s been dominant this spring, and he’s back in Detroit where he once struck out 238 batters in 185 innings. His ADP is 300.