Injured stars could be fantasy bargains 

March, 26, 2013

When it comes to dealing with injured players in fantasy drafts, it's safe to assume no two situations are exactly the same. Even with New York Yankees sluggers Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson expected to miss roughly the same amount of time (into May), there will be differing degrees of performance expectations after they return.

[+] EnlargeHanley Ramirez
Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesHanley Ramirez's average draft position has plummeted after getting hurt at the World Baseball Classic.
In ESPN standard drafts, owners should be willing to select the longer-term injury cases such as Teixeira, Granderson, Chase Headley and now, unfortunately, Hanley Ramirez, but know that it needs to come with patience. Don't draft them in March and then find in mid-April you need the bench spots and are willing to deal them for little -- or worse yet, simply send them to the waiver wire. Better to use your 11th-rounder on something you can use, even if it brings less upside.