With most teams having roughly 18 to 20 games left on their schedules, I think it's safe to say we know by now which players were surprises and which players were busts in 2009.
Tomorrow, we will take a look at the All-Fantasy Breakout Team. As for today, I think we will take a look at who were the fantasy busts in 2009.
These are the players who owners drafted very high in hopes that these players would lead their teams to fantasy supremacy in 2009.
Instead, these players fell flat on their faces because of various reasons and cost owners hundreds of dollars.
Without any further ado, here is the 2009 All-Fantasy Bust Team sponsored by the Julio Lugo Co.—“Nobody Knows Sucking Like a Lugo.”
Honorable Mentions: Chris Iannetta, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, J.J. Hardy, Rick Ankiel, Kevin Gregg, Garrett Atkins, Lance Berkman, Alfonso Soriano, Manny Ramirez, Jake Peavy
Catcher: Geovany Soto, .222/10/40
After winning the 2008 National League Rookie of the Year award with a .285/23/86 hitting line, many owners expected a repeat performance from Soto in 2009. Not so much.
First Base: Chris Davis, .216/19/49
This was a close call between Lance Berkman and Chris Davis, but because Davis was so ridiculously over-hyped, Davis wins it. Everyone’s preseason man-crush has fallen flat on his face in 2009.
Things got so bad for Davis that he was sent to the minors in the middle of the season. That, my friends, is a bust.
Second Base: Mike Fontenot, .232/9/40
Second base was the hardest position to pick a fantasy bust, because so many two-baggers are either having breakout years or their typical years. Fontenot, on the other hand, is having neither.
At this point in the season, Fontenot has roughly 100 more ABs than last year and has the same number of HRs (nine) and RBI (40), six fewer runs scored, and an average 72 points lower than last year's.
Not what the Cubs or fantasy owners were expecting this year.
Shortstop: Jose Reyes, .279/2/15
I had a dilemma with this pick: Do I pick the guy who has just sucked all year in J.J. Hardy? Or do I pick the guy who has missed the majority of the year with an injury in Jose Reyes?
I will go with Reyes, because he was taken in the first two rounds in most leagues and crippled a lot of fantasy teams this year. Reyes went on the DL on May 26 and was never heard from again.
Third Base: Alex Gordon, .202/4/12
This was supposed to be the breakout year for Alex Gordon. That’s what I was telling myself when I drafted Gordon in my league. Instead, 2009 has been a disaster for the Royals' young third baseman.
Gordon got off to an awful start in April and then had hip surgery, came back, got sent to the minors, and now is back up again. I am not even sure if Gordon is worth keeping in my Keeper League at this point.
Outfield: Milton Bradley, .260/12/39
It seemed like everyone knew this was going to happen except Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry.
Bradley is like the movie G.I. Joe—sure, we all knew it was going to suck, but we kind of wanted to see it anyway, just to see how bad it was going to be.
I mean, 39 RBI in 121 games? Pathetic.
Outfield: Josh Hamilton, .270/10/49
Hamilton was the feel-good story of the 2008 season. His performance in the HR Derby was the stuff of legend, and he put up a .304/32/130 hitting line.
2009 has been a lost season for Hamilton. He has been hurt the majority of the year and really never found his groove at the plate.
Outfield: Magglio Ordonez, .296/7/40
From 2006-2008, Ordonez averaged 24 HRs and 115 RBI. In 2009, Ordonez’s power has vanished faster than the story lines on Entourage.
Very puzzling how Ordonez has kept his average up but has lost all his power.
Starting Pitcher: Francisco Liriano, 5-12 with a 5.71 ERA
Like Alex Gordon previously, this was supposed to be the year for Liriano. He was two years removed from Tommy John surgery, the Minnesota Twins were expected to compete in the AL Central, and at 25, Liriano was going to mature into an ace.
None of the above happened. Liriano is one of the main reasons the Twins are not in first place, and he is now pitching out of the bullpen.
Starting Pitcher: Daisuke Matsuzaka, 1-5 with a 8.23 ERA
Matsuzaka won 18 games in 2008. Going into last night’s action, Matsuzaka has won a grand total of one game in 2009.
Fantasy owners can thank Bud Selig’s marketing ploy, otherwise known as the World Baseball Classic, for this.
Starting Pitcher: Brandon Webb, 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA
Last year, Webb was 22-7 with a 3.30 ERA and finished second in Cy Young voting for the second year in a row. All fantasy owners got out of Webb this year was one lousy start.
Webb was the third overall pick in my league and in most leagues went in the first two rounds. If your first or second pitcher taken doesn’t win a game during the season, it usually spells doom for your team.
Closer: Brad Lidge, 0-7 with a 7.18 ERA and 10 blown saves
Despite having 29 saves this year, Lidge has been a fantasy disaster all season. He doesn’t have a win, he leads the majors in blown saves, and he has killed fantasy owners all year long in the ERA category. His WHIP is 1.823, which is not helping the situation either.