Fantasy baseball owners were always a panicky bunch. It was always tempting to jump ship when your first-round pick was batting .220 in mid-May and someone was willing to buy.
Then 2011 happened and many owners "bought low" on Adam Dunn, the safest 40-HR bet in baseball. And then he just got worse. I wasn't the only fantasy analyst saying he HAD to get better and people should "get on board for pennies on the dollar while you still can."
This year, no one wants to be the 2011 Adam Dunn owner who held out hope (though you wouldn't mind owning 2012 Adam Dunn). The market is ripe with owners trying to avoid that fate. In fact, it's not a bad negotiating point with slow-starting stars to say "Hey! I'm taking some real risk here. We think so-and-so MUST turn it around, but Adam Dunn never did."
Just planting the seed of that fear may earn a bargain.