Fantasy Baseball 2013: Players Who Have Shown They Aren't Worth Retaining

Zachary Krueger@@ZacharyKruegerCorrespondent IIMay 15, 2013

Mets' first baseman Ike Davis has struggled so far this season.
Mets' first baseman Ike Davis has struggled so far this season.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

With the 2013 baseball season well underway, fantasy baseball has also taken off.  Already, owners are praising the heroes of their teams and looking for ways to relieve themselves of the few players who have been a bust so far.  Who are some of the players in fantasy baseball this year who have already shown to not be worth the trouble this season?


Rickie Weeks:  Second baseman (Milwaukee Brewers)

Rickie Weeks has struggled so far this season for the Brewers, hitting just .183 on the year in the team's first 37 games.  He has only 24 total hits on the season and eight extra base hits.  

In ESPN fantasy baseball, owners seem to have already given up on the veteran second baseman. While he is still owned in 63.4 percent of all leagues, in the last week he has been dropped by 19.7 percent, which is a fast decline for an everyday starter..

Weeks has never been a great option offensively in the first place, so it's a bit shocking to see him ranked as high as he is.  He's a lifetime .249 hitter and has never hit above .272, which he did in an injury-shortened 2009 season.  With a poor batting average so far this year, Weeks may not be worth keeping around if your league has other solid players available to put in at second base.


Yunel Escobar:  Shortstop (Tampa Bay Rays)

Yunel Escobar has not been everything the Rays hoped for when acquiring him this offseason from the Marlins back in December. 

Escobar is hitting just .204 on the season and has a .262 on-base percentage.  He is currently the 40th-ranked shortstop on ESPN's player rater page, putting him out of the top starters in the league.  

Escobar has been on a decline since last season, when he hit just .253 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He has posted only eight extra base hits so far this year, and the fact that he hasn't been getting on base makes him an expendable player.   With guys like Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist both hitting better than Escobar, he has even become replaceable within his own team.  

If Escobar continues his poor production, he could find himself riding the bench as the season continues, making him a good player to drop from any fantasy roster.


Ike Davis:  First baseman (New York Mets)

Chances are if you were looking for a solid first baseman late in the draft, you may have scooped up a guy like Ike Davis.  Davis appeared to be a nice option at the start of the 2013 fantasy season, especially because of his power numbers and RBI output from late last season.

Unfortunately, Davis has struggled mightily this year.  After hitting 32 home runs and driving in 90 RBI in 2012, he is hitting .169 with four home runs and nine RBI through his first 32 games.  At the pace he is going at right now, Davis looks to hit about 20 homers and 46 RBI, a major drop-off in fantasy production.

He is currently ranked 54th on ESPN among first baseman in the league, and was owned in just over 50 percent of ESPN leagues a week ago.  Should Davis continue at his current production rate, any owner who drops him will likely be satisfied with their decision to create an open roster spot.