BJ Upton May Be Owned in 98.6% of Fantasy Leagues, Only Proves Overrated

Bare KnucksAnalyst IJune 8, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 29:  B.J. Upton #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits into a double play in the top of the eight inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during the continuation of game five of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 29, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

What on Earth is wrong with BJ Upton? The Tampa Bay Rays center fielder has struggled miserably at the plate this season.

BJ, or ‘Bossman Junior’ (his original name is Melvin, I might change my name too if it was Melvin, but I don’t think it’d be ‘Bossman Junior’), has only 15 RBI to go along with a measly three homeruns. The former second-overall pick in the 2002 MLB Draft has a dismal batting average of .223 so far this season, and to say he is underachieving would be an understatement. To his credit, Upton is error-less in the field and has stolen 17 bases so far.

The speedy outfielder has been previously criticized for his lack of hustle. Tampa Bay’s manager Joe Maddon has disciplined his apathetic center fielder before, and he should consider sticking Upton on the bench again if his play keeps trend. The guy just doesn’t seem motivated.

Fantasy owners have been waiting for the Bossman to break out of his slump, but it has yet to happen. ESPN reports that BJ is 98.6 percent owned in fantasy leagues, but is he really worthy of a roster spot? I’m starting to think his name should appear on the list of free agents. [Read more...]