Fantasy Spin: Big Unit in the Bronx

Originally Published: January 12, 2005
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
You know that guy in your fantasy baseball draft who always hoards superstars? He'll get into the bidding early, throwing most of his budget at the guys he saw in the headlines the past several years: He goes for last year's Cy Young award winner; an MVP from two or three years back; maybe even that former hotshot rookie he met at a card show a decade ago. It sometimes doesn't even matter what the player has done recently; as long as he's a household name and costs a big chunk of change, he's a perfect fit.

Sadly, we all know what happens to "that" guy. After busting his budget on pricey, aging stars and former stars, he's stuck with a maxed-out roster that doesn't have any room to improve upon its investment, and one with precious few fantasy commodities anyone would want in a trade. About the only way he'll improve is to pull a fast one on an unsuspecting owner.

Doesn't this sound eerily familiar? Suffice to say that Major League Baseball has its own version of "that guy," and his name is George Steinbrenner.