This article is part of our Rounding Third series.
As someone who has already finished 12 drafts, you'd think by now I'd have nearly every player I want. Surprisingly, you'd be wrong. Maybe I like too many players, but it's a vast baseball universe. As a result, I have some Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) of these players going off and being big difference-makers, with me not having any pieces of them. Fred Zinkie and I had a podcast this week focusing on our FOMO players — I highly recommend you check that out. We covered Fred's primary guys, and a handful of mine. I'll go a little more in-depth on my list now.
Even here, this list isn't exhaustive, but it's a good overview of some of the highlighted players I've missed out on. I've also left out obvious first-round players — we all want players who are obviously that good, and getting them is either a function of paying top dollar in an auction or drawing the right spot in a snake draft. Also, this list doesn't include the Best Ball, Mock Draft, Scoresheet or Strat-o-Matic leagues I've drafted.
Finally, this should be obvious but in case it isn't, this is not a fade list. Quite the opposite, in fact — these are players I really want, but haven't gotten. They're good players! But for whatever reason I haven't gotten them — whether it's draft structure, one particular shortcoming or even a misreading of the market, they just haven't landed on my roster. Here's that non-exhaustive list,