10 MLB Players Who Are No Longer Reliable Fantasy Options
Every fantasy baseball season is filled with disappointments.
Generally, they're sleepers or rookies that you take a flier on, and they don't pan out. The ones that hurt are those that you never see coming. Solid veterans, that for some reason are no longer producing in fantasy.
Here's a list of some of those players who have not only been fantasy disappointments, but have run thin on owner trust in 2012.
Kurt Suzuki had a breakout campaign in 2009, and it seemed like he was on the hot track to fantasy catcher super studism.
Since then, Suzuki's been a huge disappointment. His average has consistently dropped, while suffering from waning power.
Things have taken on a new form of stink for Suzuki this season, as he's hitting just .211 with no home runs.
He officially lost his starting role before July, and with that, there's no more fantasy hope for the A's backstop.
Justin Morneau used to be one of the most lethal fantasy first basemen.
Then, 2010 came.
At just 29 years old, Morneau's season was cut short by a concussion. He attempted a comeback in 2011, but a new string of injuries kept the big man from finding his timing at the plate.
Morneau's had flashes of his old self this season, hitting 11 home runs through the break. His slash line is well below his career average, and he's not the RBI machine he once was.
Though he's had his blips of brilliance, Morneau is still far from "normal" by fantasy standards.
It's hard to believe Rickie Weeks could have fallen this far, but that's the truth.
The slugging second baseman is suffering from a horrific season, hitting below the Mendoza line and striking out at a mountainous 28.6 percent rate. Weeks has also been a disappointment in the power and speed departments.
This isn't just the product of a slow start. The entire season has been a bust for Weeks, and there's obviously something off with his swing.
Over the last few years, Alexei Ramirez has been one of the most underrated options at shortstop. Seems like those who skipped over him in 2012 were on the right track.
So far in 2012, Ramirez has seen a rise in strikeouts and a decline in walks—already a bad sign. While his average and steals are on par for his career, his power has seen a huge drop.
Ramirez has just two home runs through 83 games. His slugging percentage sits at a mere .341, 70 points below his career average.
Until Ramirez rediscovers his power swing, there are better options at baseball's shallowest position.
At one point, Kyle Seager looked like one of the best breakout players in 2012.
He was leading the Mariners in all triple-crown categories, flashing sturdy power numbers while piling up RBI.
Then, June hit, and the true Seager began to show.
On the road, it's hard to find a better corner man than Seager. However, at Safeco, Seager is a total bust, posting a mere .526 OPS.
Until his splits normalize, Seager can't be trusted in fantasy.
From day one, Ichiro Suzuki was a fantasy stud.
Twelve seasons later, Ichiro is 38 and suffering from his worst season to date.
Though his average saw a steep decline last year, at least he was still providing steals—40, to be exact. This year, not only is Suzuki hitting a career-low .261, he also has just 12 swipes through the first half.
At his age, Ichiro seems to have finally run out of juice—that means no fantasy relevance.
At first glance, it looks like Carlos Lee is having a solid rebound to his career. He's currently riding two-year highs in average and on-base percentage.
The true story is that Lee is no longer fantasy relevant. He has just five home runs and a mere 29 RBI on the season. His slugging percentage is a career-low .402.
Hitting just .280 with one stolen base, if Lee isn't hitting for power, there's no reason to keep him on your fantasy roster.
At the beginning of the season, J.D. Martinez seemed poised for a fantasy breakout.
Through April, he was hitting .282 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 17 walks compared to 18 strikeouts.
Since then, Martinez has seen his average drop to .240 with twice as many strikeouts as walks.
The potential is still there, but until Martinez breaks out of his prolonged slump, you should shy away.
It's unbelievable, but Tim Lincecum has been one of the worst starters of 2012.
He's already accumulated 10 losses with a 6.42 ERA and a 1.583 WHIP.
A drop in velocity seems the culprit, but advanced metrics say the numbers are a result of horrid luck.
Just a month ago, I was saying Lincecum was a prime candidate for a strong second half. Since then, he's posted some of the worst starts of his career, and I can no longer stand by him.
Until Lincecum has a month-long string of good starts, no way would I put my trust in this once ace.
No Boston pitcher has been reliable in fantasy, and that can certainly be said for Josh Beckett.
The once ace is having a pedestrian season, going 4-7 with a 4.43 ERA. His K/9 is at a career-low 6.55.
As ridiculous as it sounds, it seems Beckett truly does follow the "good in odd years, bad in even years" model.
Seeing that it's 2012, that means it's a good time to distrust Beckett.
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