Players I like less: B.J. Upton is overrated

Updated: May 20, 2010, 2:31 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Way back in March, when all was possible in fantasy baseball, all the ERAs looked good and everyone could be a .300 hitter, Matthew Berry, Stephania Bell and I appeared on a special "Baseball Tonight" fantasy preview. At the end of the show we were asked for bold predictions. I'm never shy about being wrong about something, but at the time I just blurted out that I expected both Upton brothers to be top-10 fantasy hitters.

Well, that's just not going to happen. In our mid-May rankings, I thought about dropping Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton out of my overall top 20, but I decided to leave him at 19 in part because I couldn't find anyone else deserving of that high of a rank. I admit that. I thought about moving Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia there, since he's showing the same power, but we all know who has more fantasy upside. I thought about Colorado Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, but I already have two starting pitchers in my top 20 in Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay. Ultimately, I decided to leave Justin Upton there.