Heading into the first week of June, we are at the quarter point of baseball’s fantasy season. Now is as good a time as any to take a long look at your overall roster, and determine what players have been a bright spot and playing exactly how you expected them to play, and at those who have fallen far short of expectations, and whether or not there are viable alternatives out there, which there always are. Today, we are going to look at six player-three hitters and three pitchers who you probably need to move on from. Tomorrow we will look at alternatives readily available to replace the six I suggest you walk away from. So with that, it’s my 1/4 mark roster review here on Pro Sports Extra’s How You Doin’?
1. Mike Moustakas-This season’s version of his teammate, Eric Hosmer, Moose came into 2013 with lofty expectations for both his owners and for the Kansas City Royals. Hitting right at .185 with very little power, he has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments thus far. With the Royals scuffling as a team at the plate, Moustakas has been the poster boy for fantasy disappointment.
2. Ike Davis-The New York Mets and fantasy owners alike were hoping that 2012 was an aberration, and that the Ike of ’11 would come back to the forefront. Davis showed plenty of plate discipline along being a nice source of power, on-base percentage, and runs driven in. He has been a fixture in the middle of the Mets order along with David Wright since his arrival in Queens. These days, Ike has been mentioned along with several of his underperforming teammates as candidates to be demoted back to Triple-A. Hitting .160 with next to no power, warrants consideration for mass dropping if you are one of his owners.
3. Andre Ethier-Probably the most disappointing player on a disappointing team in Los Angeles, the Dodgers‘ right fielder was rewarded for early career results with an $85 million dollar contract. I’m sure there are many in the L.A. front office that wish they hadn’t committed so much money to someone that has become one-half of a platoon. Ethier and manager Don Mattingly are at odds, and the Dodgers’ season is quickly going off the tracks. If you can find someone dumb enough to take him off your hands, by all means do so, and if not, find another option, as he holds very little fantasy value now, or any time in the near future.
4. R.A. Dickey-I predicted this one the day he was traded by the Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays. Dickey had been nothing more than a journeyman knuckleballer prior to his flash in the pan, Cy Young season of 2012. For those of you that drank the Kool-Aid, shame on you. His career numbers suggested a massive drop off in performance was in the cards, and his arrival into the best division in baseball hasn’t been as smooth as Toronto or his owners would’ve liked to have seen.
5. Josh Johnson-Are you seeing a theme here with Blue Jays personnel? Johnson has been an injury problem his entire career and this season has been no different. Prior to his injuries, his earned run average was well above 5 and he was giving up the long ball at a disturbing rate. I will admit, I drafted him late in the hopes that he would be a cheap option for strikeouts and E.R.A., but in the league I play in, I have plenty of DL space, so I can afford to be patient. Most leagues aren’t like that, so he is not worth holding on to if you only have one or two DL slots. There is no guarantee that he returns to form, and the season is quickly becoming a nightmare north of the border.
6. Roy Halladay-Time catches up to all of us, and major league pitchers are no different. Did anyone see the massive drop off coming for the good Doctor so rapidly? No. Injuries, and a ton of wear and tear on his pitching shoulder have finally taken their toll on the 2-time Cy Young winner and unquestioned ace of the Phillies staff. After undergoing surgery, his estimated return date is mid to late September. By that time, the Phils will be double digits out in the NL East, so I foresee the Phillies front office playing it safe, and shutting down Halladay for the remainder of the 2013 season.
As I said before, I will return tomorrow in a rare weekend column to share more nuggets of knowledge, and together, we will start rebuilding your car accident of a roster. If you own or have owned any of the aforementioned players, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to recover, rebuild your roster, and move ahead as a strong competitor in your league rather than being the stepping stone for someone else to achieve fantasy greatness. Enjoy your weekend!
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