Fantasy Baseball: Bounceback or Bust?

7/16/13 in MLB   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

June 25, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton (32) sits in dugout against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsNobody’s been crowned yet!  Well other than that Cespedes guy last night, but in the Fantasy world, there’s still plenty of baseball to be played and plenty of moves out there that can take your team to the next level for the rest of the year.
Here’s a list of 5 players that haven’t had the seasons many of us projected them to.  But whether they are on your team or another team in your league, they can be used skillfully to put your team in the best shape possible going forward.  The main question is whether you should target them in potential trades or be the one to trade them away before their disappointing season continues…..
Josh Hamilton
2013 Statistics: .224 batting average, 14 home runs, 39 RBIs, 48 runs
Hitting in a lineup with Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, there was a lot of pressure on Hamilton going into the season, and boy has he ever disappointed up to this point.  Lately, he’s started to turn things around, but fantasy owners are yet to be rewarded their due diligence after drafting him in one of the first two rounds this year. 
What’s to come in the second half of the season?  Provided Hamilton can stay healthy - which is a big question in itself - I think he’s in for a big finish.  I could see him finishing with around 30 to 32 homers and just shy of 100 RBIs while getting his average up to the .270 area.  Again, not what we expected from the slugger, but I’d advise trading for him at this point rather than trading him away.
Jason Heyward
2013 Statistics: .227 batting average, 7 home runs, 21 RBIs, 35 runs
He’s had a bit of injury trouble so far this year and that has affected his play to some extent, but you’d like to see more than 7 homers and 21 RBIs in 67 games with such a strong lineup behind him in Atlanta.  And the .227 average just needs to go up.
Heyward hit 27 home runs in 2012 along with 93 RBIs and a .269 average.  He’s got little to no chance of touching any of those numbers this year but I see him eclipsing the .250 mark on the year and once that number goes up, all the others will go with it.  Buy him low if he’s available to you.
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