Fantasy Baseball: 10 Stars You Should Get Rid of Right Away
It's the middle of June, and trends have started to develop in Major League Baseball. The players who are going to get hot are getting hot, and the players who haven't produced at the plate or on the mound this year will be stuck in a funk for a while (see Ubaldo Jimenez).
What does that mean for your fantasy team? Click the arrow and find out who you should drop right away to save your season.
Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
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The White Sox DH/first baseman was once a feared power hitter. This year, no one's afraid of him at the plate. He's hitting a paltry .185, though he does have seven home runs and 29 RBI. He has just 38 hits in 205 at-bats.
With just over half the season remaining, Dunn has fewer and fewer at-bats to get hot. Drop him before he takes your entire fantasy team down with him.
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
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He's hurt. He's getting older. He's been constantly failing to produce at the plate for years like he can. The Yankees shortstop was hitting just .260 before he went down with a calf strain early this past week.
With just two home runs and 20 RBI, it's time to jump ship on the Captain before he shipwrecks your entire season.
Andres Torres, San Francisco Giants
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The Giants continue to find ways to win, but Torres continues to find ways to underproduce at the plate. He's hitting a sub-average .248 with two home runs and 12 RBI.
He and the Giants will play against the Athletics this weekend, and Torres could use that series to bump up his average against a subpar team, but if he can't get it going soon, he may be extra weight for your fantasy team.
Maicer Izturis, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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It's true the Angels infielder is hitting .284, but he has only three home runs and 17 RBI. Those numbers aren't bad, but consider just a few weeks ago he was hitting well over .310 and working on a nice All-Star résumé. Now, however, it'll be a stretch to even consider him for the game.
There are no indications that he'll get back to hitting over .300 soon, so it might be smart to drop him before he hurts your team too much.
Jose Lopez, Florida Marlins
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Lopez failed to live up to expectations with the Rockies early on in the season, so they let him go. He's hitting barely over .200 with just two home runs and eight RBI. Unless the humid air of South Beach can help him regain his former All-Star composure, Lopez is about done for 2011. Dump him now before he drags your team down even further.
Matt Stairs, Washington Nationals
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Stairs has just 41 at-bats in 2011 and has just five hits to back that up. Those are terrible numbers for someone as feared at the plate as Stairs once was.
There are no indications that he'll get back on track this year, and the Nationals probably won't hold on to him much longer if he continues to underproduce. Get rid of Stairs now before he costs you any more fantasy points.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies
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What a difference a year makes. Ubaldo Jimenez started the All-Star game with 14 wins last year. This year? He has just one win against seven losses and will throw Friday night against the Detroit Tigers.
He has an ERA that's hovering around Jupiter and can't seem to get anyone out with his fastball. The smart move here would be to dump Jimenez before he costs you your fantasy season.
Joakim Soria, Kansas City Royals
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Soria has an ERA of almost five, shocking numbers for someone who was an All-Star just two years ago. In 30 innings, he's allowed 29 hits and 16 earned runs. He's struck out 25 but has a WHIP of 1.37.
Soria has four wins and 10 saves but has blown five saves in 15 opportunities. That's really unimpressive, so it'd be smart to get rid of Soria now before he hurts your pitching staff even more.
John Lackey, Boston Red Sox
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There isn't any way around it—John Lackey is having a horrible year. He has an ERA of 7.41 and a terrible WHIP of almost two. He has just four wins, and in 51 innings pitched he's allowed 62 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out just 29. Get rid of Lackey now and save yourself a season of hurt because of him.
Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins
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Liriano has a no-hitter this year and almost had a perfect game, but he still has an ERA just south of five and a WHIP of 1.28. In just under 62 innings, he's given up 44 hits and 32 earned runs. He's struck out 50 but can't seem to find the success he's had in years past.