Byron Buxton is fantasy baseball’s gold due to his injury history

The game of fantasy baseball is full of clichés. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Nobody wins the league on draft day. It’s better to be down early than late.

They’re rolled out year after year as analysts hope to allay fears of overreacting fantasy managers while teaching them that history often repeats itself, even in the game of baseball.

Yet no matter how many times we witness the same things happening year after year, there are some who simply refuse to learn. Years of data could be staring them straight in the face and waving a multitude of red flags, and yet, like a fish that keeps falling for the same hook and worm, they continue to ignore the obvious. If you want to know who the fish in your league is, find the team that is hiring Byron Buxton and if that fish is you, trade them now.

Byron Buxton injured.
Byron Buxton walks off the field after injuring himself and sliding into second base.
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In seven major league seasons, Buxton has appeared in as many as 140 games just once. His talent may be off the charts and as a real player his dedication is second to none, but this guy spends more time on the injured list than on the field.

Last year it was a broken tooth, a broken hand and a strained hamstring. The year before it was a concussion, a sprained foot and a shoulder injury. The year before it was the shoulder, knee and wrist injury. It goes on and on. He may be one of the most dynamic players in the world with all the potential, but if he’s not playing, he’s not helping your fantasy team.

As every year, Buxton came out with a big racquet this season. His batting average may have been prosaic, but in the first two weeks of the season he had two doubles, three home runs, four RBIs and a stolen base. His 1.067 slugging percentage placed second in the majors. People once again raved about his advantage and potential, but what happened then? The same thing that happens every year. Buxton was injured.

The injury kept the Twins superstar out for just a week, and as you read this he’s probably going 2-on-3 with a home run. But no matter how tempted you may be, it should be avoided and if you’ve already added it to the list, you should trade it now. His value will only decrease as each hit brings him closer and closer to his next trip on the injured list.

Howard Bender is the Head of Content at Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on fantasy sports channel SiriusXM weekdays from 6pm to 8pm. Go to for all your fantasy baseball advice. Byron Buxton is fantasy baseball’s gold due to his injury history


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