Yes, it’s still early in the season, but fantasy owners are starting to panic over some of their players. The list of players below is just some of the players who are in deep slumps.
John Mayberry, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Mayberry had some very high praise coming into the season as an everyday player for a depleted Phillies team, but he’s yet to flash that potential in the first couple weeks of the season. He hasn’t recorded a hit in his last seven games, and is hitting just .175 on the season. This guy will need to pick up the pace for a struggling Phillies club.
Jose Tabata, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Tabata was a hot commodity to fantasy owners in their drafts because he has many tools, but he’s struggling along with the rest of the Pirates hitters. Pittsburgh has the lowest team batting average in the National League which definitely isn’t going to help Tabata to get out of his slump. He’s hitting just .170 with no homeruns or runs batted in on the season. Don’t be afraid to drop this guy if these woes continue.
Jeff Keppinger, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays
Kepp isn’t going to knock balls out of the park on a consistent basis, but I’m sure Joe Maddon expects a high batting average out of the veteran second basemen. He’s hitting just .136 over his last seven games, and has only driven in two runs on the season.
Nyjer Morgan, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Morgan has really been struggling to this point in the season. He hit an atrocious .056 in week two bringing his total average down to .119. At this point I really don’t think Morgan will be getting consistent at bats for the Brewers.
Ryan Roberts, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Roberts has power that puts a slight fear through pitchers when pitching to him, but that fear is slowly disappearing. He’s hitting just .173 with only one homerun and six runs batted in on the season. It’s also worth noting that the Diamondbacks are dealing with a bunch of injuries, and this would be a perfect time for Roberts to step up.
Jason Bartlett, SS, San Diego Padres
Bartlett is another guy who isn’t going to hit for power, but is expected to make contact as a top of the order hitter. Bartlett is hitting just .170 on the year and .100 over his past seven games. The season is still young and the Padres don’t have much else, so stick with him for now.
Mark Reynolds, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
Usually Reynolds is good for at least 30 homeruns, especially in that ballpark, but he’s in the midst of a power outage. The former Diamondback has yet to hit a long ball through 15 games, and he’s hitting just .087 over his past seven games. He can be streaky, but this isn’t a good sign for a power hitter like Reynolds.