This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.
Every year, there are several discounted players that carry fantasy owners to league championships. Just as connecting on huge sources of profit is important to a successful season, avoiding significant losses with draft-day investments due to missed time and sharp declines in production due to injury is imperative.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF
The former All-Star and member of the 30-30 club has seen his productivity slowly dip since signing his seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees. Injuries, especially those to his lower extremities, have been a major contributing factor to his decline. The 33-year-old has suffered a multitude of lower body issues in his three seasons in pinstripes, including a bone contusion and sprain to his right knee, strains to his right hip, hamstring and calf, and a left ankle sprain. These ailments, especially the muscle injuries, are particularly limiting for a player reliant on speed and acceleration. Furthermore, multiple injuries along one specific kinetic chain can elevate an individual's inherent injury risk.
The body is an interconnected arrangement of segments working in unison to carry out desired actions. If an injury occurs somewhere along the sequence, the other components are affected. Much like the links in an iron chain, if one of the joints along a kinetic chain becomes weakened or is improperly functioning, the strength and ability of the entire extremity is compromised as the other links undergo a compensational shift to withstand the change. Even if the shift is subtle, it can be enough to increase