While it’s more entertaining to talk about the guys who are tearing it up on the mounds or blasting power shots into the stands, it’s extremely important to stay on top of the fantasy players that are digging themselves deeper into the ground. 

Even the big names can get stuck in a rut, and the guys on this list are doing just that. Whether it’s pitching or hitting, the following players compile out initial Major Slump Report for the 2011 Fantasy Baseball season, and deservedly so.

Phil Hughes, SP, New York Yankees

Hughes, who the Yankees were counting on to be a reliable starter, has been awful in his first two starts, having allowed 11 runs through just 6 innings of work.

Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees

Jeter wasn’t exactly expected to carry your team this year, but if you have him starting at your SS position, you have to be discouraged. Jeter is barely batting .200 at this point, with no homers and just two RBI. He’s clearly declining at the plate, so if you can scurry to your waiver wire and find a suitable replacement, we highly recommend doing so.

Vernon Wells, LF, Los Angeles Angels

Wells is off to a rocky start in Anaheim, having just 3 hits in 31 plate appearances.

John Lackey, SP, Boston Red Sox

Lackey is 1-1 but has allowed 15 earned runs in a little under 9 innings of work in what has been a disappointing start for the Red Sox to say the least.

Brian Wilson, RP, San Francisco Giants

Injuries may have a lot to do with it, but Wilson has looked rough in his first two appearances having a blown save and 5 earned runs in just 1 1/3 innings.

Juan Rivera, LF, Toronto Blue Jays

Rivera, one of the pieces from the Vernon Wells trade, is in a major slump hitting just 1.54 through his first 9 games.

Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota Twins

Morneau has yet to truly bounce back from his concussion injury as he has just 8 hits and 2 RBI’s through his first 10 games, though his 3 for 4 performance on Sunday could be a good sign.

Kevin Youkilis, 3B, Boston Red Sox

Youkilis has been a huge disappointment for the Red Sox so far this year, hitting just .125 and has yet to go deep.

Nate McLouth, CF, Atlanta Braves

McLouth, who has many Atlanta fans scratching their heads as he occupies the two-hole in favor of Jason Heyward, is off to another sluggish start, hitting just .219 through the first 10 games.

Magglio Ordonez, RF, Detroit Tigers

Ordonez has just 1 extra base hit through his first six games. Although he is 38 and a decline may be expected, this is still disappointing for what used to be one of the best hitters in the game.

Tommy Hanson, SP, Atlanta Braves

Hanson had a first rough outing against the Nationals and wasn’t particularly improved in his second start against Milwaukee. He has had trouble keeping the ball down in the zone and has already been credited with two losses and 6 earned runs over 9 innings of pitching.

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