by Will Overton
We know that a lot of rash moves are made early in the season based on reactions to early season performances. Sometimes the moves are moves that need to be made and other times owners jump the gun a little and dump someone they shouldn’t be.
What fantasy baseball owners have to decide is who that is being dropped by others owners is someone they should grab. Fantasy owners instincts are to head to the waiver wire and look for the guy who has gotten a bunch of hits or homeruns, or has the lowest ERA. Sometimes the best long term options though are the guys who are struggling and being dropped prematurely.
Not every dropped player is worth grabbing, sometimes guys are dropped and they should be no matter what their past says. So it’s up to you to siphon through the trash to find the treasure. Here in this article I will be looking at some of the potential treasures that have been dropped.
Mark Teixeira – 1B, New York Yankees: A typically slow starter Teixeira was dropped in a lot of leagues this year because of an injury, another recurring pattern with Teixeira. In just his fourth game of the season Teixeira hurt his hamstring and has been on the DL ever since. Unlike most of his injuries though he is recovering quite well and could be back on the field by this time next week.
I’m not going to go out there on a limb and say that Tex at 34 is going to return to the 35 HR, 110 RBI guy he once was. However, I do think there is still something left in the tank. When Teixeira gets healthy he is still going to be hitting in the middle of this Yankees lineup and he’s still an average or above average corner infield option. If you can afford to stash Tex for another week than I would do it.
Jhonny Peralta – SS, St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals signed Peralta to a four year deal this offseason and so they have a lot invested in him. That means despite this slow start he probably isn’t going anywhere anytime too soon. There are factors that can contribute to this early season slump for Peralta. He’s on a new team which does make a difference. He’s also not the fastest starter in the world. In the last three seasons, before this one, combined Peralta has just 3 HR’s. So the fact that he has 2 so far this year is actually a good thing. I think Peralta is going to come around once the weather warms up and he adjusts to his new team.
Alejandro De Aza – OF, Chicago White Sox: Despite the slow start for De Aza he is actually more appealing to me now than he was at the beginning of the season. The reason for that is Avisail Garcia is now out for the year and the White Sox overly crowded outfield is a little more free now. De Aza is just 3 for his last 25 at the dish which is obviously frustrating for owners, but I do think it hurt him to only be out there every other game. I think De Aza is coming back around with regular playing time and as he does turn it around I think you’ll see him move into a more prime spot in the batting order as well. Don’t give up on De Aza just yet.
Colby Rasmus – OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Over the last week Rasmus has been dropped in 25% of leagues and I really can’t figure that out. Rasmus did suffer a hamstring injury yesterday, but it appears to be mild at first glance and isn’t expected to keep him out for long if at all. So as long as the hammy is healthy I like Rasmus as a grab. He’s already starting to come back around as we saw his three hits yesterday. The average isn’t good, but we aren’t owning Rasmus for his average, you really just hope for .250 out of him. His power seems to be fine though and that’s what you’re looking for.