by Ryan Butler
Fantasy baseball is the ultimate “What have you done for me lately?” business. To cut bait, or to keep fishing? That, is the question all fantasy team managers must answer where under-performing players are concerned. We are like women in that we are always on the lookout for the bigger, better deal. Even if you already have a productive player manning a position on your team, you, the ever-diligent fantasy skipper, are scanning the horizon for someone better. Casey McGehee is sweet, cute, responsible, and treats you well, but you would breakup with him in a heartbeat if that dreamboat Evan Longoria would only dump his stupid girlfriend.
For the players discussed here, the answer to “What have you done for me lately?” is “Oh, not much, besides let down you and everybody else who owned me last season.” It’s OK. One bad season does not necessarily spell the end of a player’s viability as a good fantasy option. What it does mean is lower expectations and ranking in the proceeding year’s draft. Either because of injury, erosion of skills, or bad luck, these guys all were down last season. I think that this year they’ll be back to their old productive, fantasy-owner-delighting ways.