2010 Fantasy Baseball: Major Slump Report Week 9
These guys were making fantasy owners scream in pain as they were tortured for seven days straight. Their names are usually associated with outstanding performances, but last week was a different story.
The dugout might be the new home for these players on some fantasy teams if they can’t provide better production.
June hasn’t been very sweet for the following ballplayers.
Dishonorable Mention: OF Carl Crawford, TB
The Tampa Bay outfielder was only 4-for-28 with a .143 AVG last week.
Hitting a grand slam in the ninth inning on Wednesday overshadowed the fact that he only had four hits last week.
It appears that last week is just a minor hiccup and shouldn’t become an issue.
Crawford is doing well for the season, as he is sporting a .299 AVG with five home runs.
10) 1B Mark Teixeira, NYY
It must have felt like April for the Yankees first baseman. He went 4-for-28 with a .143 AVG last week.
He recently injured his foot but will continue to play. The injury will only add to his struggles.
Fantasy owners still love the popular Yankees stud, as his ownership has not been affected. But if he continues with his poor production, he might find himself on the same ship as Carlos Lee.
Teixeira is hitting .211 with eight home runs for the season.
9) OF Nick Markakis, BAL
The Orioles outfielder was only 3-for-28 with a .130 AVG last week.
Markakis welcomed a new baby recently. Understandably he might have his mind on family instead of baseball.
He has seen only a slight drop in his fantasy ownership.
Markakis is hitting .288 with three home runs for the season.
8) OF Jason Heyward, ATL
Atlanta’s golden boy was only 3-for-28 with a .107 AVG last week.
Heyward has gigantic hype behind him. But if he continues with his current production, he might be riding the pine.
He has been dealing with a sore thumb, which may be a factor in his recent lack of production.
The Braves’ big hope is hitting .266 with 10 home runs.
7) DH David Ortiz, BOS
“Big Papi” didn’t do well last week, as he went 2-for-19 with a .105 AVG.
After an awesome hot streak, Ortiz fell into a slump this week, dragging his batting average down. He finished the week with a sore left hand after being hit by a pitch on June 6.
The Red Sox designated hitter has been sharing time with World Series MVP Mike Lowell lately.
Ortiz, on the bright side, hit .302 with eight home runs in the last month.
Ortiz is hitting .245 with 12 home runs for the season.
6) OF Raul Ibanez, PHI
The Phillies outfielder went 2-for-20 with a .100 AVG last week.
It was a terrible week for Ibanez. His manager, Charlie Manuel, is giving him the opportunity to hit his way out of the slump.
Fantasy owners have no love for Ibanez after a lackluster week of production. His ownership has dropped significantly and could be attributed to his most recent slump.
Ibanez is hitting .230 with three home runs for the season.
5) SS Jose Reyes, NYM
New York’s second favorite shortstop went 2-for-22 with an .091 AVG last week. His only bright spot was the four RBI he managed with his two hits.
Reyes is only batting .241 with only one home run for the season.
It looks like the Mets shortstop’s name is keeping him in the hearts of fantasy owners. His fantasy ownership has not seen a lack of faith, as it remains steady.
4) OF Adam Lind, TOR
After starting the season on a blazing hot streak, it’s freezing cold in Toronto right now.
There has only been a slight decline in Lind’s ownership despite his performance since May.
Lind is sitting on a horrific .210 AVG for the season.
3) 3B Mark Reynolds, ARI
The Arizona third baseman was only 1-for-13 with an .077 AVG last week.
Reynolds ended his week with two strikeouts, going 0-for-4 in last Saturday’s game against the Rockies.
Everyone and their grandmother know that Reynolds misses the baseball like Shaq misses free throws.
Reynolds' fantasy ownership was steady and saw no adverse reaction from owners.
I have to wonder why anyone would still believe in a turnaround for Reynolds, as he is hitting .215 for the season. I would guess that fantasy owners are putting a lot of stock in his 13 home runs.
2) C Matt Wieters, BAL
The Orioles catcher was only 1-for-14 with an .071 AVG last week.
Wieters' lack of production may have been due to a sore shoulder.
The hype machine may have sputtered a little with a terrible week at the plate.
Baltimore’s headline grabber has seen a slight decline in ownership recently.
1) OF Denard Span, MIN
The Twins outfielder was only 2-for-30 with an .067 AVG last week. June has started out quite right for Span.
His week of horror started with a collision with his teammate Orlando Hudson.
Span might need to borrow Mauer’s bat and hope it brings him the same magic.
It appears that the fantasy world is giving Span time to fight out of his slump before cutting ties.
He is currently hitting .264 with only one home run for the season. Span, however, does have 13 steals to his credit.