Leading up to any fantasy baseball draft, the term "sleeper" looms large as a buzzword that will unlock the door to a championship.
Many of these unheralded gems (how's it going, Jean Segura?) turn out to do just that. Drafters who took the plunge on Segura, Carlos Gomez, Manny Machado or Matt Harvey probably possess an unrelenting smirk on their face right about now.
If only every sleeper turned into a beauty. Instead, we also have to deal with the duds—the letdowns who keep slapping the snooze button and will perhaps never wake up before the season ends.
The name may imply otherwise, but fantasy baseball is not always a happy-go-lucky fairy tale. Sometimes it features more of the gruesome Game of Thrones aspects of fantasy storytelling.
If you own any of these following players, you might be tempted to launch a Red Wedding of your own and send these betrayers to the waiver wire for dishonoring their word to hit 30 home runs or lower your ERA.
Before making such a rash call, let's break down what has gone wrong for these disappointments. Maybe there's hope for some of them to rise from their slumber before the clock strikes midnight on the 2013 season.
Note: All statistics, unless otherwise noted, courtesy of FanGraphs.com.