For five months, I was pretty sure outfielder Carlos Gomez, now with the Texas Rangers, was going to end up being named my least valuable player for fantasy purposes this season. After all, Gomez was a fourth-round pick in ESPN average live drafts despite a terrible 2015 season in which he stopped providing the five-category statistical magic that had made him a top-10 option in 2013 and 2014. Fantasy owners dumped Gomez long before the Houston Astros did -- probably when he hit .136 in May. In fairness, Gomez has had one of the most productive Septembers of any outfielder for his new team. He cracked a three-run homer Wednesday and is hitting .329 with six home runs and four steals this month.
However, it turns out there’s a guy ranked right next to him on the season-long Player Rater, and still well after the top-50 outfielders, who was chosen early in round two.