Ender wrote:Picking up prospects loses teams their seasons as well sometimes, it does go both ways. Usually you have a few dead roster spots for either hot guys who weren't good in the past, setup guys who might become closers or young guys who aren't proven. A lot of times people will dump a player who should be playing to pick up the next big thing and some of those times that next big thing doesn't do much.
You always have to be careful when dropping a player. Literally any player can outproduce expectations. If we're discussing the perils of picking up top prospects in this regard, we may as well discuss the perils of making any add/drop transaction. I suppose in 10 or even 12 team mixed leagues with limited bench space, any given drop is likely to be a player with some potential to break out (except guys who just suffered a serious injury of course), but in leagues larger than 12 teams, or with deeper rosters, a lot of the players carried on any given roster are replacement level stopgaps that are only being used because there is literally nothing better available at a given time.
Let's just say your last bench player in your 12 team deep bench mixed league is Johnny Damon... In this situation, if I had read that Hosmer had just been called up to the majors and he was available in my league, I'm jumping on that all day long. Sure Damon has been a reasonably productive power/speed guy and a decent enough Monday/Thursday/DNP fill in, but at 37 years old, he isn't likely to be the difference between winning or losing a league in anything like the way that Hosmer might be. And suppose someone else adds Damon and Hosmer flames out to the point where he is sent back down to AAA. No sweat. I'll just add Cody Ross and have somebody who will approximate Damon's production.
Moral of the story, you have to be careful who you drop, but that doesn't mean you should scoff at top prospects.