Fantasy Fare: Gambling on prospects

Yasiel Puig other-worldly start won't last, but if he cools off even slightly, the Dodgers are...

Yasiel Puig other-worldly start won't last, but if he cools off even slightly, the Dodgers are going to find a way to keep him in their lineup once Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford return from the DL. (Getty Images)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:53 PM ET

Whoever said the value of a top prospect is at its peak before he reaches the majors, may be on to something. It’s been a recurring refrain so far: Can’t-miss prospect makes his major-league debut, looks like the team saviour in his first week or so, struggles once opposing scouts uncover a weakness, then gets sent back to the minors. And even if they do perform well as injury fill-ins, their immediate fantasy value could have only a 15-day lifespan. Yes, Diamondbacks SS Didi Gregorius has shown no sign of letting up. Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig has enjoyed a jaw-dropping first week and, even though he made his debut late last season, Orioles 3B Manny Machado continues to produce. But most top prospects this season have been risky fantasy pickups and, with the Super Two window expected to open later this month, fantasy owners should practise a little restraint when the wave of high-end callups crests. Here is a quick look at some of the whiz kids (with MLB.com prospect ranking in parenth


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