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2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Struggling Hitters to Drop

2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Struggling Hitters to Drop

Allen Craig
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With only a couple of months left of the fantasy baseball season, owners are firing at all cylinders to get roster the best team possible. It's not worth it to hold onto struggling hitters, especially if you added them off the waiver wire. These players aren't your highest priority. There are batters returning from injury or heating up that should be added. Here are five players that are worth dropping for the hot bat.

Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce
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Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce
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Pearce is slowly losing playing time. He exploded off the Baltimore Orioles bench, hitting six home runs from June 17 to July 1. He has just one home run since then. As of this article, Pearce has lost over 50 percent of his ownership in ESPN.com leagues. Unless Pearce changes his approach, he is not worth owning.

Scooter Gennett

Scooter Gennett
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Scooter Gennett

Scooter Gennett
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Gennett missed five games with quad tightness, but returned on Monday. He has made the most of his playing time, but as a part-time player, the numbers aren't sufficient enough. Gennett is in a platoon with Rickie Weeks, but does play a little more. Gennett gets the at-bats against right-handed pitchers. He should be owned in deeper leagues, but no 10-team leagues.

Omar Infante

Omar Infante
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Omar Infante

Omar Infante
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Infante isn't hitting the way he was earlier in the season. Despite having a .262 average, Infante has nine hits since July 12, including an 0-for-11 stretch over his last three games. He did miss a stretch of games for health reasons, which could be the reason for the low average. He is playing every day now, but could still be dealing with some injuries. There are better second basemen to own, like Josh Harrison.

Andrelton Simmons

Andrelton Simmons
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Andrelton Simmons

Andrelton Simmons
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While the sample size is small, Simmons didn't start the second half strong. Since the All-Star Break, he is hitting .162 and has just 12 RBI in all of July. He is 5-for-25 in the last week. Manager Fredi Gonzalez replaced him with Ramiro Pena on Thursday because of the struggles. Simmons has been supplanted by Tommy La Stella for the No. 2 spot in the batting lineup.

Allen Craig

Allen Craig
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Allen Craig

Allen Craig
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Craig was drafted in most leagues as a OF3 in standard leagues. His value continues to drop every time Oscar Taveras plays. Craig is hitting .133/.204/.222 in July, which isn't helping his case much. Craig has started just 12 of 21 games in July. Craig does start against lefties, but If he continues to struggle like this for another week or two, Craig should be dropped in all leagues.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.