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Pitchers overowned due to name value

7/8/2013

Name value can be a dangerous thing in fantasy baseball; it often drives owners to trust a player longer than they should. Washington Nationals right-hander Dan Haren, for example, used to be a top-10 fantasy pitcher, an excellent innings-eater who delivered wins, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP on a consistent basis, regardless of which league he pitched in. Then came 2012, things fell apart and he hasn’t been able to fix them since. Haren has been on the disabled list for a sore pitching shoulder and is scheduled to come off the DL for Monday’s outing in Philadelphia on ESPN, but by no means should fantasy owners trust him.