It’s easy to forget that there are 162 games in a season. Even the best players in the game will do absolutely nothing over a two-to-three week period during a season, and then eventually end up among the league leaders in several categories.
So what happens when that two-to-three week period comes in April? Everybody panics! They see the sub-.200 batting average and lack of extra-base power and wonder if that particular player is done.
Sure, some of the less-established players never come out of it and end up in the minors or on the waiver wire. For the most part, though, these guys with strong track records will snap out of it and their end-of-season numbers look pretty familiar by September.
Here are a few examples of some veteran players, with a history of success, who started off 2012 so slow that many fantasy players were at least considering dumping them while their value was at its lowest…
NOTE: Team name listed for each player corresponds with their 2012 team.