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Ten Fantasy Season Killers: Hitters

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Buster Olney of ESPN media has a list of 10 good performances that have flew under the radar in the first 6th of the 2009 season. These are the types of efforts fantasy players typically ignore/take for granted. What we focus more closely on are the 10 awful efforts to date because they are typically the root cause of our team's awful starts.

Here are Top 10 hitting performances that are doing nothing but hurting fantasy players. The ones topping the list are generally those players who have hurt fantasy players regardless of league format, mixed or single.

The ones towards the bottom of the list have hurt mixed leaguers by severely under-performing what had been projected to be good substitutes for higher drafted players. Mariners' 3B Adrian Beltre was a trendy late mid-round pick for those willing to pass on Chipper Jones in the 5th round. The same can be said of OF Cameron Maybinf or those looking for speed on the cheap.

Fantasy players in AL- and/or NL-Only leagues can just hope their teams have just a single season killer. Multiple entries on the same team typically explain a poor start. The worry is the lack of replacements to right the ship if these bad starts are harbingers of bad seasons. Mixed leaguers always have substitutes.

1. SS Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Jimmy Rollins 24 104 13 22 5 0 1 7 5 14 1 2 .212 .252 .288


2. OF B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay Rays:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - B.J. Upton 22 88 14 14 4 0 0 3 14 31 7 1 .159 .272 .205


3. DH Dave Ortiz, Boston Red Sox:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - David Ortiz 28 105 11 24 9 1 0 14 17 24 0 1 .229 .336 .333


4. 2B/SS Alexei Ramirez, Chicago Ramirez:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Alexei Ramirez 25 90 7 19 3 0 1 11 6 13 6 1 .211 .255 .278


5. SS Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles Dodgers:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Rafael Furcal 26 110 21 29 4 0 1 7 12 18 3 1 .264 .336 .327


6. SS Jhonny Peralta, Cleveland Indians:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Jhonny Peralta 24 101 11 21 6 0 1 10 9 32 0 0 .208 .279 .297


7. 3B Adrian Beltre, Seattle Mariners:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Adrian Beltre 28 113 11 23 8 0 0 12 5 18 4 1 .204 .233 .274


8. OF/DH Pat Burrell, Philadelphia Phillies:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Pat Burrell 26 91 8 21 4 0 1 12 15 23 0 0 .231 .343 .308


9. OF Cameron Maybin, Florida Marlins:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Cameron Maybin 24 81 11 17 4 1 1 3 8 30 1 1 .210 .289 .321


10. 1B Casey Kotchman, Atlanta Braves:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Casey Kotchman 27 92 8 27 10 0 0 4 9 10 0 0 .293 .363 .402