Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fantasy Baseball 2nd Half Slumps

Since the MLB All-Star Break, a bunch of important fantasy baseball players, have seen their seasons go downhill.  Prior to the All-Star Game, guys like Jean Segura, Gerardo Parra, Starling Marte and Manny Machado were leading fantasy owners to the top of their leagues.  But since the break, Segura just .247, Parra is hitting just .186, Marte just .194 and Machado just .228.  Let's break this down position by position to get a better look at the reason your fantasy team has struggled as of late.

Catcher


NameTeamGABH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBSOSBCSAVG
Brian McCannBraves20741810305913617000.243
Buster PoseyGiants217013930165611010.186
Carlos SantanaIndians2385181060287720100.212


People continue to draft catchers early, and I can not figure out why. 


First Base


NameTeamGABH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBSOSBCSAVG
Adam LaRocheNationals207012531398620000.171
Anthony RizzoCubs2596211150510111422020.219
Chris DavisOrioles22842086061417932000.238
Justin MorneauTwins2410123115071215722000.228
Mike NapoliRed Sox21741575031291232000.203
Mitch MorelandRangers2469118003108815000.159
Nick SwisherIndians2494221441386822000.234
Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacks228017920615141825420.213
Paul KonerkoWhite Sox2076171320231069000.224
Prince FielderTigers2393221560110121019000.237


Some on this list aren't even owned in many leagues, but Davis, Goldschmidt and Fielder most definitely are!  Prince has hit just a single home run in 23 games since the break.  LaRoche is a career .289 hitter in the 2nd half and a guy I usually always target around the All-Star Break.  This season however, .171.

Second Base


NameTeamGABH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBSOSBCSAVG
Brandon PhillipsReds228520125031015314110.235
Dan UgglaBraves248311620310111230200.133
Dustin PedroiaRed Sox239217132029121110110.185
Ian KinslerRangers249521127111412712310.221
Jason KipnisIndians23882216402711919010.250
Robinson CanoYankees22801813401681015100.225


We are talking about 4 of the top 5 2B here and all 6 of them are in the top 15!  Again a position of weakness that should not be overvalued next season!

Third Base


NameTeamGABH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBSOSBCSAVG
Anthony RendonNationals197012910248416000.171
Evan LongoriaRays20831785041310731000.205
Josh DonaldsonAthletics227818143011031319000.231
Manny MachadoOrioles22922115303149514010.228
Michael YoungPhillies2070138302881017000.186
Pablo SandovalGiants23821812600610913000.220
Pedro AlvarezPirates239017102141013729000.189
Todd FrazierReds217214770096916000.194


Outside of Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Beltre, this position has been a huge disappointment.  Considering how poorly Frazier has played all season, I guess you could argue he isn't "slumping." 

Shortstop


NameTeamGABH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBSOSBCSAVG
Alcides EscobarRoyals2494222011079211200.234
Andrelton SimmonsBraves24942213513101075000.234
Asdrubal CabreraIndians2391179602910218200.187
Jean SeguraBrewers2285211460187317630.247
Jimmy RollinsPhillies2183201441164415600.241
Troy TulowitzkiRockies2478171120411111019100.218


Considering we played most of the season without Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and Troy Tulowitzki, this position is also wasted on draft day by many owners.

Outfield


NameTeamGABH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBSOSBCSAVG
Adam LindBlue Jays24801492031241321000.175
Alex GordonRoyals229221113341412514300.228
Alfonso Soriano- - -20761482041210526120.184
Austin JacksonTigers231032512724175728010.243
Carlos GomezBrewers2276191140413101129930.250
Coco CrispAthletics21881814211105914200.205
Desmond JenningsRays1459121020062620210.203
Dexter FowlerRockies2379161121213111814430.203
Eric YoungMets23921815111931014710.196
Gerardo ParraDiamondbacks2170131120081712300.186
Giancarlo StantonMarlins23811777031581726000.210
Josh HamiltonAngels2182189603717621000.220
Mark TrumboAngels249619114041016631100.198
Michael BournIndians2289201440213171015420.225
Norichika AokiBrewers2388201530214938600.227
Shin-Soo ChooReds21751695021141019220.213
Starling MartePirates248621163111621028510.244
Yoenis CespedesAthletics1871168413811620110.225


Cespedes has hit .225 all season long but if he provides 30 home runs on the season, it's not a total waste.  Would love to see Marte get on base a bit more to add to his 28 1st half stolen bases.

How many of these guys are on your rosters? Did you draft them? Trade for them? Pick them up as a FA?

Fantasy Baseball 2nd Half Studs
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