Oakland Athletics OF Seth Smith started the 2013 fantasy baseball season off by going 2-for-3 against the Seattle Mariners. Smith was quickly added by thousands of fantasy owners and many instantly plugged him in as a third starter in deeper leagues.
At the end of April, Smith still had a robust .321 batting average. He hit three homers and drove in 16 runs through 23 games that month. Smith was bright spot while Coco Crisp was on the disabled list and left-fielder looked like he was finally figuring things out at the major league level. He earned a roster spot in deeper leagues and was one of the most added bats over the first part of the season.
Two months later, however, Smith has become utterly useless from a fantasy standpoint. He is 3-for-25 in his last ten games and honestly can’t buy a hit right now. Smith has even lost his everyday starting spot in Oakland, as the team has too many reliable bats ahead of him.
Smith is not worth a roster spot anymore in deeper fantasy leagues. He was once one of the hottest bats around, but he has cooled off so much that he simply isn’t worth it anymore. If you still have him on your roster, it is time to look for a fresher face.