This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.
As we know, player evaluation is just one part of the process in our preparations for the fantasy baseball season.
Almost equally important is knowing the market and spotting market inefficiencies. Knowing how players are perceived among the majority of the fantasy baseball community is critical, as we can pinpoint values at various price points. Weighing realistic possibility against market cost is one key to success. Probability is irrelevant for this exercise because probability will always be priced up by the market.
Finding slivers of profit margin can be difficult, but it's imperative in all leagues, and especially important in keeper leagues, where the player pool has been thinned out considerably and auction costs are inflated. In this article, I will highlight some potentially overlooked and undervalued players who could end up returning profit in 2018 – and possibly make for cheap, viable holdovers into 2019.
There are warts with all of these players, but that's precisely what makes them profit candidates. If they did not have obvious flaws or baggage, they would be more highly (and perhaps more properly) valued by the market.
Jose Martinez, 1B/OF, Cardinals
A 29-year-old first baseman who has bounced around to a handful of organizations and has never hit even 15 homers in a season? I get it. But he has always made consistent contact and his batting eye has seen steady improvement in recent years. As far as the power goes, all past indicators from the farm are out of the window