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Welcome to the latest edition of the Do Not Draft list, which aims to take into account proper value in comparison with expectations in order to provide a list of players I will be avoiding. Ohtani, 23, dominated in Japan on the mound, at the plate and obviously in the hearts of so many, and it is not the least bit surprising that so many fantasy managers are eager to secure someone with so much promise to their rosters. However, a 3.41 ERA is not what many deem ultimate promise, and that goes for eight home runs as well. There is major upside for Ohtani to be a transcendent star in the United States … but we are probably not at that point yet in 2018, and that is really the point of his inclusion on this list.
Dec. 16: A deal driven by cash — it solved both teams’ long-term financial goals — Kazmir and McCarthy could be useful rotation stopgaps for the Braves. Kemp might not even remain in L.A., while Gonzalez was immediately designated for assignment.
The common issue with the Clippers all season has been injuries. Beverley (knee, done for year) and Gallinari (hand) are still out, and recently acquired Avery Bradley is down with a sports hernia.
The fantasy takeaway here is, whether the Clippers’ new talent is brought in by free agency or by a lucky-pick/No. 15-caliber home run, the rest of the Clips’ main guys shouldn’t have to greatly adjust their games to fit around that talent. Because of this, each of Harris, Williams and Jordan should reasonably be expected to produce next season on the level of what they are currently producing for the team. Rivers is more questionable, because a strong perimeter performer could push him to the bench, so his dynasty value is more at the mercy of their offseason moves.