Bobby Abreu tops 'oldies but goodies' list 

February, 17, 2011
Bobby Abreu is not a young man, at least in terms of major league baseball years. He'll turn 37 during spring training, his defense has become even more of a liability than in past seasons, and he's coming off a year in which he posted his worst OPS since becoming a full-time regular in 1998. Yep, go ahead and pass on this guy ... and I'll gladly draft him in the 10th round. His numbers warrant that.

Many fantasy baseball owners want nothing to do with an "old guy," even if he remains productive, and this discrimination shows in draft rankings and results. Yes, older players are more at risk of suddenly hitting a statistical wall or seeing their production decline, but Abreu finished the 2010 season as fantasy's No. 87 player overall, according to the ESPN Player Rater, and No. 32 among outfielders. I wouldn't say Abreu's run of being fantasy-relevant is over yet.

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Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesBobby Abreu was one of only seven players to hit 20-plus homers and steal 20-plus bases in 2010.
Abreu hit .255 with 20 home runs, 78 RBIs, 24 stolen bases and 88 runs scored in 2010. While those numbers represented a drop in production from the previous season, it was still the ninth time that Abreu registered 20 or more home runs and stolen bases the same year. For perspective, only six other players accomplished this feat in 2010. For 2011, we at ESPN Fantasy project a better batting average (.268), similar power numbers (17 home runs, 85 RBIs), fewer stolen bases (18) and more runs scored (90), which would get Abreu similarly ranked on our Player Rater. However, he's ranked in the 13th round, behind numerous outfielders he outperformed in the worst season of his career. They happen to be younger, but not necessarily better.