Papi tops oldie-but-goodie hitters list

Updated: March 13, 2014, 1:40 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

One of the myriad players whose inclusion in my top 100 overall rankings this week generated buzz was Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. I used to argue that "clogging" a DH/utility spot in the first half of a normal fantasy draft was poor roster construction, but with offensive production declining a bit more each and every year, I just want the offense. Selecting Big Papi beats having Cody Ransom in your utility spot just because you can draft him later.

However, position eligibility is hardly the lone reason Ortiz will slip way too far in drafts, as he tends to every year. The guy is old, at least for an athlete, and let's be honest: Fantasy owners in all sports tend to be biased toward younger options with upside. The argument can be made that it's considerably tougher for an older player to recover from injury and regain prior form, and it's a valid one. But that hardly means an accomplished player, be it a hitter like Ortiz or a pitcher like Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay, can't return to previous glory.