I've been following Reed for several years now, and was very excited this pre-season about his bat, lineup, etc. I still think he'll eventually be a solid fantasy starter in most leauges, but at the moment, he's just not quite getting the job done. I'm extremely upset that I've had to cut him a few leagues due to injuries and other non-performers (read VMart). If you have the bench room, I'd hold onto him.
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Reed is very droppable. He should turn into a decent #2 hitter in reality, but until he hits for a very high average he'll be a lame fantasy player. Reed won't help you in sb's, in rbi, or in homers - his average needs to get up and decent run totals should follow that. Fantasywise Reed is kind of like Swisher - except Swisher is only going to give you hr and rbi, and only when he plays well. Both these guys were way too hyped up prior to the season and their owners (although I'm assuming there aren't many of those left) are suffering
Unless it's a keeper you shouldnt, I admit I thought hed have a decent year batting around the Mariners big boys, but I was wrong. Get rid of him now unless its a keeper you may want to consider a little
Screw the Peavy and Burnett Watches, I'm probably one of the laziest people in the world
I have him in a couple AL-only leagues, and yes, he's done fine after his 0-12 start. He can steal bases, but he probably won't so much in the 2005 Mariners lineup vs. the pitiful one they had last year. But then again, Beltre isn't exactly mashing and Sexson is hitting for a pretty low average. So they might start sending him a bit more.
The biggest problem is that if he gets on, there's almost always an Ichiro a base ahead of him.
Another 0fer tonight -- add that to some other 0s --- as in 0HRs an 0SBs and you've got to wonder if he has any fantasy value to speak of. I'm going to give him one more week. Then I'll need to cut my losses.
I don't see this as impatience. Impatience is cutting someone with a bankable track record who is playing horribly (see Eric Chavez)