Fantasy Baseball's Top 10 Underachieving Hitters of 2010
We have nearly a month of baseball in the books, and many hairs have turned gray (if they haven't been pulled out) on fantasy owners of these 10.
These 10 are causing you to bite the bullet because they are undroppable, currently untradeable for the value they deserve, yet simply incredibly bad at the moment.
The list does not include players who are hurting your team because of injury. Although I'm sure Ian Kinsler, Jimmy Rollins, Curtis Granderson, and Jacoby Ellsbury are hurting you on the DL, they weren't bad when playing.
That is just plain bad luck. These players would be far less annoying if they were hurt. At least that would give you a reason to bench them.
I can only imagine how many times these names have been said before the phrase "you're killing me."
Here's hoping for a turnaround...unless these players are playing me.
10. Ryan Zimmerman
Oh, Ryan Zimmerman. Why must you play with my heart ever so much?
Why must you hit pinch-hit home runs, not play for the next three games, then hit another couple of home runs, and proceed to not play the next three games?
Zimmerman is at .370 with four home runs, 13 RBI, and eight runs...in 54 at-bats.
Zimmerman doesn't fall into the DL category simply because he hasn't been DL'ed. When he plays, he has been fantastic, but it's a double-edged sword.
Zimmerman has played enough to make you keep him in your starting lineup but has sat enough due to a hamstring pull to make you want to bench him.
I can only imagine how many people benched him when he hit a pinch-hit home run.
9. Chone Figgins
Leaving the deep lineup of the Angels for the dead lineup of the Mariners has clearly hurt Figgins. Then again, he really isn't helping himself.
Figgins is batting .209 with no home runs, seven RBI, and 14 runs to go along with seven stolen bases.
Fantasy owners aren't going to get the same run totals they did with Figgins with the Angels, so one would have hoped you could at least get a lot of stolen bases. Figgins isn't helping his cause for steal opportunities with his .209 batting average.
8. Aaron Hill
Personally, I did not touch Aaron Hill in fantasy drafts, but I'm sure many people did based on his 36-homer, 108-RBI outburst from last season.
Hill is batting .205 with two home runs, six RBI, and six runs.
What decade is this? The '90s? Where players go from 36 home runs to 12?
Hill did hit the 15-day disabled list after two games, but his at-bats since have not been too promising going 10-for-41.
7. Aramis Ramirez
Fantasy owners were hoping for a comeback year for Ramirez after hurting his shoulder last season.
It seemed to be just a fool's hope, as Ramirez simply doesn't look the same.
Ramirez is sitting at .155 with three home runs, 14 RBI, and seven runs.
It's hard be angry with Ramirez, since he was a risky fantasy pick, but after watching him stare down a deep fly ball to left last week that did not leave Wrigley only to get thrown out at second (he later would have scored, as the Cubs rallied) makes me feel no remorse for him.
6. Carlos Lee
Berkman-less for most of the year, the Astros lineup simply did not exist for the first month, and neither did Lee.
Lee is hitting .191 with zero home runs, five RBI, nine runs, and one stolen base.
That is simply not going to cut it from a guy who was preseason top-50 for fantasy baseball.
5. Victor Martinez
Martinez was easily one of the top three catchers in fantasy drafts. One thought playing in Fenway along with a talented Red Sox lineup all season would bring back Martinez's coveted fantasy numbers.
Not the case.
With Martinez batting .233 with one home run, seven RBI, and nine runs, owners are simply getting a whole bunch of nothing from the catcher, who posted 23 homers, 108 RBI, and a .303 batting average last year.
4. Jason Bay
Welcome to Citi Field, Jason.
Bay sits at .270 with one home run, eight RBI, and 16 runs, along with two stolen bases.
Citi Field simply sucks the power out of anyone who enters it. See David Wright from last year.
3. Grady Sizemore
After Sizemore's dreadful season last year, fantasy owners were licking their lips at the possibility of the outfielder dropping to the late second or third rounds.
Well, he did, and perhaps you should have waited even longer to draft him.
Sizemore sits at .207 with no home runs, 11 RBI, 11 runs, and two stolen bases.
Not particularly what you were hoping for from a guy who has the ability to go 30/30...or at least one who used to.
He does currently have a three-game hitting streak...yay?
2. Mark Teixeira
Teixeira was projected as a late first-round pick even though he had a terrible start to last season. The thought process was once Alex Rodriguez came back to the Yankees, Teixeira exploded.
One would think with no missed time to start the season this year for Rodriguez, Teixeira would be fine.
That has not been the case.
Currently batting .189 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 13 runs, Teixeira is imploding rather than exploding.
Perhaps the hunger for a ring has gone away, and all that is left is to collect a ginormous paycheck.
The positive is that Teixera had an enjoyable vacation this weekend facing the White Sox' awful starting pitching, going 6-for-11 with three runs and three RBI.
1. Prince Fielder
Fielder was projected easily as a top-10 pick in fantasy drafts and, in most cases, second to only Albert Pujols at the incredibly deep first base position.
Fielder currently sits at .234 with two home runs, nine RBI, and 13 runs.
The positive is Fielder is 4-for-7 with three runs and an RBI in his last two games.
The negative would be his entire season so far.
Stop eating salad and start hitting meaty pitches, Prince.
Justin Upton: .224 BA, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 19 R, 4 SB
Upton was the hardest to leave off the top-10 list. He was projected to go top 20, but people had to be skeptical of his 26-homer, 86-RBI season while batting .300 because he was only 21.
I left him off because the average is the only thing killing you, and you can't fault a guy if you overdrafted him based on little evidence.
Brian McCann: .242 BA, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 10 runs, 1 SB
I left McCann off the top 10 because he's a catcher, and the catcher position is pretty much Joe Mauer or bust. If you selected McCann too early, that is your fault. I'm sure there were outfielders far better to have chosen at the time.
Brandon Phillips: .240 BA, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 13 runs, 2 SB
Phillips doesn't have any help around him in the Reds' lineup minus Joey Votto.
Ben Zobrist: .253 BA, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R, 5 SB
Another case of overrating a possible non-young one-year wonder.
Adam Dunn: .233 BA, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 15 R
Walks don't do anything in fantasy baseball, Adam. Start hitting home runs.
Adam Jones: .241 BA, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 12 R, 1 SB
Looked like a possible 20/20 guy with a breakout year last year at the age of 23, but not so far in 2010.