Fantasy Baseball: Studs to Duds

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Welcome to our new fantasy spotlight, Studs to Duds.  Where we will highlight players that are clearly studs that are in the midst of big time struggles.  And we will cover if you should move on from them or hold tight.  We will also occasionally flip the script with a Duds to Studs article which can help you possibly grab some real fantasy talent for cheap.

So without further ado, let's kick it off with the biggest name in Fantasy Baseball...

Mike Trout

Mike Trout entered May still hitting over .400, which speaks volumes to his talent.  But since the calendar flipped to May, Trout has looked like a fish out of water.  In his last 10 games Trout is 4-31.  That adds up to a measly .129 average, and he has only one single RBI in that span.  However, because of his blazing hot start, Trout is still batting .336 on the year, and we know his track record.  He will be fine.  He will be the best player in baseball for the foreseeable future still.  All his slump goes to show you is baseball is a game of streaks and its a long season.  Even the best, literally the best, hit cold periods.  

Verdict: Hold.


Manny Machado 

The frustrating thing about Manny Machado is how good he was last year - a year in which a lot of people sat out fantasy baseball because of the oddity that was the 2020 season.  Last season Machado hit at a blistering .304 average that was the best of his entire career.  He also blasted 16 home runs and batted in 47 RBIs.  Across a full 162 game season that would have been a pace for 43 home runs and roughly 110 runs batted in.  This year Machado is hitting a measly .236 with only five home runs so far.  However, he has shown subtle signs of life over his last six games as he five hits, one being a home run.  Again, subtle, but something.  One thing to keep in mind too is what's going on around Machado.  Tatis missed a large portion of the season with the shoulder injury, now he has landed on the COVID list with a slew of other Padres.  I think once Machado has full protection in the lineup, he will pick up the pace to a more Manny like level.  

Verdict: Hold. 


Francisco Lindor

This isn't a recent Stud to a Dud.  This has been a year long dud from Lindor since arriving in the Big Apple.  The highest his average has been this season was .250, and that was back on Opening Day for the Mets when he went 1-4.  Back on May 11th, he finally cracked the .200 mark for the first time since late April and was showing signs of being the player we know he can be.  But since then he fell right back down and now sits at a putrid .190 with only three home runs and 8RBI's.  With all that said, Francisco Lindor is still in the heart of his career and you could simply argue he is still settling into his new home in New York.  Instead of giving you a hold or move on, I will give you a try and buy for cheap. Send out some feelers on Lindor, and if his owner's have gotten tired of waiting for him to come around, pounce. 

Verdict: Buy Low


Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler has never been on your fantasy team because of his average, but .199 is completely unacceptable.  But as long as you are getting the power you would deal with it.  EXCEPT, he has hit three home runs all season.  There is not much else to say here.  Soler exploded back in 2019 with 48 bombs and was on pace for the same last year in the 60 game sprint.  But before 2019, Soler totaled 38 home runs in five seasons.  There is more of a sample size of bad play, than there is good. 

Verdict: Sell.

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Patrick Corbin

Corbin's first three out of four starts of the season were nothing short of a disaster.  In those three games Corbin gave up 20 runs, 19 of which were earned.  Woof.  Since we entered May however, Corbin has flipped the script.  Corbin has tossed three straight quality starts giving up 6 earned runs in 20 innings.  Because his April numbers were so horrific though, his ERA still sits at disgusting 6.19.  That ballooned number may allow his owners to sell cheap.  If so, pounce.  Corbin still has plenty of good baseball left in him. 

Verdict: Hold and Buy.


Kenta Maeda

If you are still rostering Kenta Maeda, you are a braver man than me.  There is nothing good happening here at all.  Maeda hard hit rate is through the roof and he is just repeatedly leaving sliders and fastballs right over the middle of the plate.  There have been no signs of improvement either, as he continues to get roughed up.  The only outlier coming in his May 3rd start against a bad Texas team.  Since then? Two more starts, six more earned runs.  And now for the cherry on top, a groin injury.  He is also 33, so major improvements and changes to his approach are not likely. 

Verdict: Drop him. 

 

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