Fantasy Baseball: Where have they gone
So we have looked at all of the players who had great unexpected season but what about those players you leaned so heavily on during draft day. Only for you to drop them later in the year, an early pick wasted. Mind you this says nothing about the player but simply just the year they are having. Bare in mind injuries to have a big impact on these choices. These are the top or better yet worst 5 of this year based on draft position vs productivity. For this article im going to try to stay away from the injured and only look at poor play.
#5: Chone Figgins, Seattle.
Brought it from the Angels has somebody who was expected to be a catalyst Chone Figgins has failed for the most part this season. Hitting a measly .238 the speedster has had an off year. There is an old saying that speed cannot go into slumps but sadly Figgins has proved the saying wrong. You can really utilize your speed if you cant get on base. The 27 steals are pretty good but he simply not hitting the ball well enough. Nothing about his play this year is reminiscent of the man he was last year in L.A
#4: Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs
Oh the trusty 3rd baseman of Chicago is finally having a bad year, and this is not good news for cub’s fans. Hitting .221 with 15 homers the production of Armais Ramirez has just not been good enough for the cubs and for fantasy owners. Listed as a rank of 33 in this years Fantasy baseball he has fallen well short. His play doesn’t even render as a starting fantasy 3rd baseman at this point. He is a great player and he has all the tools, but he simply hasn’t shown it at this point.
#3: The Dynamic Duo North Of The Boarder: Adam Lind and Aaron Hill
It seems there is always a problem in Toronto, some players hit and some players don’t. And last year Aaron Hill and Adam Lind were putting up superstar, thats right superstar numbers to carry the Toronto line up. This year is quite the opposite, they both have down years hitting for low averages and not having nearly the same production as last year. Its disappointing to see when the rest of the Toronto Line up has to carry the slack of their 2 young promising all stars. Adam Lind Is hitting .219 while Aaron Hill is hitting .206 those numbers are just not good enough for a teams all-star
#2: Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay Rays
Just a few years removed from all-star status a world series appearance and so much more. People were regarding Jason Bartlett as one of the premium shortstops of the game. If Players such as Hanley, Rollins (which has been horrible as well), Derek Jeter, or Tulo were off the table Bartlett seemed like a great choice. But hitting .239 with virtually no speed he’s looking more like the Bartlett people expected him to be when being dealt in part of the Delmon Young Deal. With Delmon and Garza both having solid years the only thing we can compare is Jason Bartlett and Brendan Harris. Okay, so he’s not as bad as Brendan Harris but that’s not saying much at all
Drum Role Please…
#1: Nate Mclouth, Atlanta Braves
Who are you? And what have you done with Nate Mclouth. This kid was a fantasy stud in every way. Hitting for power and even packaging some steals along the way. True he did not have the best season last year but 20 homeruns and 19 steals is still decent. With his age being 28 many people thought he would be a steal and this would be his breakout year. Sadly with his poor play complimented with a 6-63 slump McLouth isn’t even in the Major Leagues anymore.