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Where is Marty McFly's DeLorean when I need it? Or H.G. Well's time machine? Or Jean-Claude Van Damme's rocket sled in "Timecop"?
I desperately need to go back in time to fix a couple of my fantasy teams. And if I could, here are the changes I'd make:
Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers - We all knew he had offseason shoulder surgery yet many believed he would be healthy for Opening Day (Yahoo ADP 5). Obviously, his numbers show a different story. He's batting .251 with just two home runs and an ugly .640 OPS. Mark Teixeira already has three home runs and he's only played in 11 games this season. And Milwaukee pitcher Yovani Gallardo has just as many homers and a better OPS.
Albert Pujols, 1B, Los Angeles Angels - Pujols is another fantasy stud who came into the season at less than 100 percent, but fantasy owners ignored all the signs and still selected him in the first round (ADP 9). Pujols is behind last year's pace which ended up being his worst ever. Expect to see Pujols on the disabled list any day now.
Josh Hamilton, OF, Los Angeles Angels - Hamilton didn't change leagues, or even divisions, so there was no reason that fantasy owners could have expected he'd be hitting .216 with 20 RBI on June 12.
David Price, SP, Tampa Bay - Price was coming off an AL Cy Young Award-winning season in which he went 20-6 with a 2.56 ERA, 1.100 WHIP and 205 strikeouts. He was healthy and his spring training statistics were excellent. Then Price went out and gave up three-or-more earned runs in seven of nine outings. As a third- round selection and the fourth pitcher off the board (ADP 25), he was a fantasy disaster even before the triceps injury that put him on the disabled list.
Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco - Cain finished sixth in last year's NL Cy Young Award voting after posting a 16-5 record with a 2.79 ERA. 1.040 WHIP and a 14- strikeout, no-hitter against Houston. He's had absolutely no clue in 2013 and finds himself with a 4-3 record and an inflated 5.09 ERA.
R.A. Dickey, SP, Toronto - Here is a third reason not to pick a pitcher too early in your fantasy draft. The 2012 NL Cy Young winner was traded to the Blue Jays and apparently has his "stuff" confiscated by the Canadian Border Patrol. He's 5-8 with a bloated 5.11 ERA and 1.364 WHIP, and has given up the most runs of any pitcher in the American League.
Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets - While staff aces Price, Cain and Dickey have been fantasy disasters, who could have figured that youngsters Harvey (5-0, 2.10 ERA, 0.911 WHIP, 95 strikeouts), Shelby Miller and Patrick Corbin would put up the statistics to anchor a pitching staff. OK, maybe you could have predicted Harvey, who has electric stuff. But Corbin was a pedestrian 6-8 last season with a 4.54 ERA and Shelby Miller barely made the Cardinals' rotation as the fifth starter. Harvey and Miller are still undefeated in mid-June and Miller owns a 1.91 ERA, 0.982 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings pitched.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, Seattle - The No. 1 pitcher in Yahoo fantasy leagues is Iwakuma, who could have been scooped up with a late-round selection (Yahoo ADP 283). He's 7-1 with a 1.79 ERA, league-leading 0.818 WHIP and 87 strikeouts. Just think, you could have had a staff of Harvey, Corbin, Iwakuma and Miller and not drafted any of them before the 13th round.
Jason Grilli, RP, Pittsburgh - Before this season, Grilli had a grand total of five saves in 10 seasons. He only inherited the Pirates' closer role after the team traded Joel Hanrahan to Boston. Grilli is 23-for-23 in save opportunities. Not bad for a 19th-round selection.
Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee - The current No. 2 fantasy shortstop was an afterthought on draft day and quite possibly a free agent in many leagues based on his 264 ADP. A key player in the deal that sent Zack Greinke to the Angels last season, Segura has been a huge factor for fantasy owners who took a flier on him. He's batting .340 with a league-leading 86 hits, 38 runs scored, 19 stolen bases and a .911 OPS.
Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia - Unless you live in or around the Philly area,, it's not likely you had a clue that Brown possessed the potential be a fantasy star. In three part-time seasons, he'd never hit more than five home runs or posted an OPS above .725. So the only way you could have known he was about to explode for 19 home runs by mid-June is if you really did own a DeLorean powered by a flux capacitor.
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