Fantasy Baseballs' April Underachievers
The first month of the fantasy baseball season is just about to come to an end. Annual April superstar Kosuke Fukudome, showed his excellent lefty swing early on. Former Braves' top prospect and current Diamondback Kelly Johnson is leading the leagues in home runs and surpassing all expectations for the year. Then there are the superstar slackers; some players just never seem to get off to good starts. Here are some of the top-ranked fantasy players who have underacheived in April.
Mark Teixiera, 1B, New York Yankees
His .139 average is not hurting the powerful Yankees too much, but his numbers are killing fantasy owners. One of the best in the game, the power swinger has only two home runs and 9 RBIs. Luckily, his taking walks is earning some points for owners. Who would have thought Lyle Overbay and Casey Kotchman would have better numbers than Tex?
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Chicago Cubs
Watching ARam bat has been painful; he looks lost at the plate. The clean-up man is only hitting .159 on the year. Aramis has only one-multi hit game, opening night against the Braves when he singled and hit a long ball. He was hitless in 16 at-bats during a series at Citi Field. On a positive note, Ramirez has hit safely in his last seven games. One hit a game isn't much, but at least it's a start.
Carlos Lee, LF, Houston Astros
The Astros started 0-8, but then amazingly started winning games, no thanks to Carlos Lee though. The veteran outfielder has been nonexistent the entire year. El Caballo is hitting just .177. The worst part, he only has 3 walks, making for a .207 on-base percentage. He has shown no signs of turning his numbers around. And he no longer has the "Lance Berkman is injured" excuse to fall back on.
Grady Sizemore, CF, Cleveland Indians
Another superstar hitting under .200, Sizemore is only hitting .189 on the season with 8 runs and 8 RBIs. Half of those runs, and five of those RBIs came during the first series of the year. Sizemore has just five hits in 37 at-bats since April 18th.
Chone Figgins, 3B, Seattle Mariners
Figgins has struggled early, hitting only .200 on the year. An 0-16 stint during 5 games in mid-April did not help that number much. Prior to that streak, he was hitting .280. Figgins may not be hitting for average, but at least he is getting on base. His 17 walks are among the best in the game so far.
There is nothing more frustrating than under-performing fantasy players. Luckily for fantasy owners, ITS ONLY APRIL! All these stars should be back to their real identifies by the end of May. If you were unfortunate enough to have each of these players on your team, I am deeply sorry. You can always give up on your team and play daily fantasy baseball at Fantazzle.
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