Fantasy Baseball

JB’s Fantasy Advice: Slumping Stars to cut or ride out

Some usually consistent players are off to unusually bad starts this season. Who should you keep and who should you move on from?

Through a little over a month of the season there are some underperforming players, as there are every year. Let’s take a look at some of them and see who might be the next Adam Duvall or a guy who might bounce back.

American League

Jose Ramirez, Cleveland — The consensus No. 3 pick in mixed league formats, Ramirez has gotten off to a very slow start this year (.270 BA, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 9 SB) in everything but stolen bases. That said, he did the same thing last year. He ended up with a career-high 39 HR, 105 RBI and 34 SB.My advice: Keep him. He’s due to break out of his season-long slump in a major way.

Marwin Gonzalez, Minnesota — Gonzalez is hitting a paltry .173, 5 HR and 16 RBI. He has shown regression each of the past two seasons after his break out in 2017 (.303, 23 HR, 90 RBI). My advice: Cut bait, he is 30 years old and Miguel Sano is coming back soon to play 3B on a regular basis for an upstart Twin team.

Yonder Alonso, Chicago White Sox — While no one has ever referred to him as Babe Alonso, Yonder has actually hit a combine 51 HR the past 2 seasons. While he does have 5 HR this season, his .173 average and a increasing strike out rate leave a lot to be desired. As the Chicago White Sox season goes, they will become sellers at the deadline, meaning Alonso will most likely be traded to a team which needs a left headed bat off the bench. My advice: Keep Alonso around for a little while as he could give you a cheap course of power. Once he gets traded into a timeshare situation, that will be the time to cut him.

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