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Someone needs to tell New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis and Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks that the MLB season starts in April.
For the second straight season, Davis and Weeks have been two of the worst everyday hitters in all of baseball. Davis is hitting .166 with a .509 OPS in 201 plate appearances, and Weeks has a .195 average and a .607 OPS in 211.
What fantasy owners will have to decide is whether they can repeat their turnarounds from last season or if they can be dropped and added to my 2014 roster of "Never Again All-stars."
In 2012, Davis batted .158 with a .507 OPS in his first 201 plate appearances, but hit .265 with 27 home runs and a .913 OPS in his final 383. Weeks, meanwhile, hit .190 with a .638 OPS over his first 394 plate appearances before batting .282 with 12 home runs and an .849 OPS in his last 283.
While there's no guarantee either player will rebound again, neither guy seems to be worse off than they were last season at this point.
Over the first two months last season, Davis had a 28.7 percent strikeout rate, a 7.0 percent walk rate, a 13.5 percent HR/FB and approximately a 20 percent line-drive rate. This season, his strikeout rate is 31.3 percent, his walk rate is 9.0 percent, his HR/FB is 11.9 percent and his line-drive rate is 19.3 percent.
Weeks had a 29.7 percent strikeout rate, a 13.2 percent walk rate and a 9.0 percent HR/FB from April through June last season. In 2013, his K rate is 28.9 percent, his walk rate is 11.4 percent and his HR/FB is 10.8 percent. Weeks also has posted a 21 percent line-drive rate this season, a career high. In April, May and June last year, his line-drive rate was 10.3 percent, 18.2 percent and 17.5 percent, respectively.
Based on that information, it doesn't seem like either Davis or Weeks is irredeemable. Remember, it didn't seem likely last year that either player would be resurgent after the first few months, but they both found their way.
Fantasy owners are better off taking a chance on Davis or Weeks than adding someone like Atlanta Braves corner infielder Chris Johnson, a career .282 hitter who is batting .333 this season with a ridiculous .423 batting average on balls in play, or Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is a guaranteed .290 bat but doesn't have any useful tools besides that.
It's going to take a major leap of faith to try out either player in fantasy leagues, but that also was true last season and both Davis and Weeks rewarded that faith with impressive numbers over the final few months.
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