2013 Fantasy Baseball: Top 10 Sticks Off To Slow Start
10 Fantasy Sticks Off To Slow Start
If there is one thing that the fantasy baseball community has always been good at, it is panicking too soon when a player starts the season off slow. In the upcoming weeks, there will be tons of owners dumping their high-priced All-Stars because of their lack of production, and most times it is premature.
The fantasy baseball season is over 22 weeks longs, so it can’t be won in the first week, but importantly it can’t be lost over one week either. Fantasy owners must stay patient with their superstars and not jump the gun.
Baseball in general is a sport riddled with hot-streaks and slumps. A player can go on a 26-game hitting streak and than go 0-4 for a week straight. It is simply how the game works, so fantasy owners must learn how to read these patterns in order to build a successful fantasy team.
This year, there are some huge names, though, that have yet to hit a home run. The Los Angeles Angels paid a lot of money to lock up OF Josh Hamilton for the next several years, but the superstar has yet to hit a single home run.
Here are the top 10 fantasy baseball power hitters that have yet to live up to their high draft picks through the 2013 fantasy baseball season.
10. DH Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
DH Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers – With all the attention that V-Mart drew this off-season, it is surprising that he hasn’t already hit 30 home runs. However, here we are in the second week of the season and Martinez is hitting .143 with zero home runs and one RBI.
9. 1B Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
1B Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins – After an amazing 2013 WBC, Morneau has once again blended in with the rest of the field at first base. Everyone thought this would be his comeback season, but he only has two extra base hits in the first seven games.
8. OF Ichiro Suzuki, New York Yankees
OF Ichiro Suzuki, New York Yankees – Ichiro is a career .322 hitter, so the fact that he is hitting just .182 right now is certainly concerning for fantasy owners.
7. C Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
C Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants – The 2012 NL batting champ is hitting a miserable .182 this season with zero home runs and zero RBI. However, Posey will eventually get his average over .300, so don't give up on him yet.
6. OF Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals
OF Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals – Beltran is hitting just .190 this year and has yet to hit a single home run. Not too impressive from a guy that hit 32 homers last year.
5. 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers – Gonzalez was once a guaranteed 30-plus home runs, but so far this season he has yet to hit a single long ball.
4. 1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds – Many people pegged Votto to crush over 40 home runs this season, but through the first seven games the Canadian Clubber has yet to go yard.
3. OF Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels
OF Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels – The prized free agent has had a tough time adjusting in LA. He only has fours hits through his first 25 at-bats and has yet to hit a homer.
2. OF Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins – Stanton has yet to hit a home run for fantasy owners, but the fact that he has hit 93 homers in his first 376 major league at-bats is very promising. It is only a matter of time until he starts to hit some 470-foot home runs.
1. OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels – Trout was looked at as the best fantasy player in the world this off-season, but he currently has one RBI through six games and is hitting just .250.