- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Relying on rookies in fantasy -- in any sport -- is often dangerous. Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar was the hotshot rookie entering spring training a year ago. He was labeled a can't-miss option, and then, despite all the skills and some opportunity, he finished 49th among second basemen on the ESPN Player Rater, worse than Mark DeRosa, Ryan Flaherty and Nick Punto. Of course, some rookie-eligible options did thrive, such as Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers, but Profar was certainly not one of them.
While Profar is surely high on my list of sleepers for this season, let's focus on the latest crop of rookies in position to either aid us fantasy owners • or make us cry. Hey, I'm just being honest. Most rookies will disappoint, and many of the ones that don't will be surprises. Before we commence with this annual blog entry listing one man's opinion of the top 10 fantasy rookies for this season, here are a few notes to keep in mind: