2013 Fantasy Baseball Struggling Outfielders

By Brian Fischler
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You prayed to God, Allah and Buddha during the first round of your fantasy baseball draft that a certain superstar would fall to you. Or, if you are in auction league, you probably have a certain superstar that you likely overpaid for. And now, we are in the third week of the season, and your superstar is hitting less than his weight with zero homers and no steals. You now curse the Gods, but what are you to do?

Well, first off, don’t panic. The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Matt Kemp isn’t going to go homer less in 2013. Kemp is off to an awful start hitting .185 with 17 strikeouts. While Kemp has always had a very high strikeout rate, now is the time to trade for him if you are in a league with a frustrated Kemp owner. His value will never be lower, and I still project him to hit around 35 homers and steal 20 bags.

The Atlanta Braves are off to a very hot start. The same can’t be said of their outfielder Jason Heyward. Heyward is hitting .116, but has hit two home runs. Like Kemp, don’t expect Heyward to stay this bad for long. He is another player whose value will never be lower. If you don’t own him see if you can weasel him from the guy who does.

Unfortunately, I am not so certain that the Miami Marlins‘ Giancarlo Stanton will produce the numbers worthy of an early second round draft pick. Stanton has made it well known that he is not happy in Miami, and has been out of the lineup for close to a week. Don’t expect Stanton to rush back. Even when Stanton was playing, he wasn’t seeing anything to hit, and was being given the Barry Bonds treatment. If you are a Stanton owner you might want to consider dealing him when he returns unless you are in a keeper league. If you own Stanton in a keeper league you have to pray to the Gods that the Marlins actually trade Stanton.

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