Keep in mind this advice is intended for 1 year formats, not for keeper leagues. Obviously if you are in a keeper situation your young guys get a bit of a pass in 2012.
There are a number of fantasy disappointments in the early going here in 2012, you should try to see if there is any trade value at all, and if not, then drop them and cut your losses.
Paul Goldschmidt – 1B – Arizona DiamondbacksHeading into the season, Goldschmidt was one of our top ranked sleepers. He has consistently shown the ability to hit for power in the minor leagues, and even with a high strikeout rate it looked like he should hit right around .240-.260 at the major league level. On opening day he launched a HR off Tim Lincecum and all was right in the world. Well here we are two weeks in, the Diamondbacks are sitting comfortably at 7-5 after 12 games, but Goldy has only started 9 games for the Diamondbacks. Kirk Gibson apparently doesn’t have as much confidence in the young Goldschmidt as we did, and he has formed a bit of a platoon between Goldschmidt and Lyle Overbay. Even though Paul will probably still hit 20-25 HR’s this year, first base is deep enough that you can cut him from your roster as he basically amounts to a catcher with power, he will be missing about a game a week.Jose Tabata – OF – Pittsburgh PiratesThere are some fantasy team owners that still cling to Tabata hoping desperately that he is going to turn it around. He looks just as bad this season as he did last year, and OF is the deepest position in fantasy baseball, so it is time to let Jose go. He is hitting just .111/.158/.269 this season. If you are looking for a replacement, one of the young outfielders in Houston is probably available off waivers, either Jordan Schafer or J.D. Martinez offer more upside than Tabata in 2012.
J.P. Arencibia – C – Toronto Blue JaysI’m not sure why owners are still waiting for Arencibia to turn it around, but 2012 has been nothing short of a disaster for the catcher of the Blue Jays. He is just 2 for 32 this season which amounts to a whopping .063/.118/.274. For some reason he is still owned in 63% of Yahoo leagues, so clearly someone out there thinks this is just a cold stretch. He was always supposed to be a power hitting, swing and miss type of catcher, but so far we are seeing just the swing and miss this season. Cut your losses if there is a better option available off waivers, and the way he is hitting, there almost certainly is someone better out there.
Adam Dunn – 1B – Chicago White SoxOn opening day, Adam Dunn launched a HR, and fantasy owners that had drafted him seized the moment to claim that he was back! Well in the weeks that have followed, Dunn is back to his old tricks posting a line of .195/.313/.679. The slugging percentage looks great, until you see the 19 K’s in 41 AB’s, if you play in a format that penalizes strikeouts he is doing way more damage than good. That one HR remains his only longball of the season so far, and I am officially announcing that Dunn is done, he should probably try to make money in other areas. Stick a fork in him, try to trade and see if anyone bites, otherwise drop him (even in keeper formats), I would rather have Adam LaRoche at this point than waste a spot on the struggling slugger.Mitch Moreland – 1B, OF – Texas RangersI can’t seem to wrap my head around the idea that people want to own this guy in fantasy leagues, yet he is still owned in 27% of Yahoo leagues, even with a line of .130/.231/.492. He has just 3 hits in 23 at-bats, and while all the other infielders of the Texas Rangers receive regular at-bats, Moreland only starts about half the time. There is no reason for this guy to be rostered in 2012 at one of the deepest positions in fantasy baseball. You can try to trade him away, but chances are you were the only owner that wanted him at your draft, so just cut him and pick up someone who is out there on a daily basis.
Quick list of other players that should be cut for 2012Michael Brantley – OF – Cleveland Indians
James Loney – 1B – Los Angeles DodgersDayan Viciedo – OF – Chicago White SoxMike Trout – OF – Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimBrandon Belt – 1B – San Francisco GiantsYonder Alonso – 1B – San Diego PadresChris Heisey – OF – Cincinnati RedsSeth Smith – OF – Oakland AthleticsDanny Valencia – 3B – Minnesota TwinsPedro Alvarez – 3B – Pittsburgh PiratesJarrod Saltalamacchia – C – Boston Red SoxGordon Beckham – 2B – Chicago White SoxBrent Morel – 3B – Chicago White SoxKurt Suzuki – C – Oakland AthleticsRussel Martin – C – New York Yankees
So in summary, if you own any Chicago White Sox not named Paul Konerko.. you should probably cut them as the White Sox look like they have one of the worst lineups in baseball this season.
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