Slumping players? I have a bunch of them on my team now:
C Lieberthal, Mike (C-Phi)
1B Bagwell, Jeff (1B-Hou)
2B Biggio, Craig (2B, CF-Hou)
3B Relaford, Desi (SS, 3B, LF, 2B-KC)
SS Vizquel, Omar (SS-Cle)
OF Jones, Andruw (CF-Atl)
OF Jones, Chipper (LF-Atl)
OF Sheffield, Gary (RF-Atl
Util Giles, Brian (LF-Pit)
Bench Hinske, Eric (3B-Tor)
Bench Olerud, John (1B-Sea)
These guys have a combined batting average of .169 on the week. That's 11/65!
Anonymous wrote:Someone should retitle this the "Woe Is Me" Thread....
Yup, seems like that's what it's become.
But the original intent of the thread was to deal with the question - do you bench studs for extended periods because they're slumping.
In my case, people like Edmonds & Giles (career 1.000 OPS players who have OPSs less than 700) are hurting me in those two categories.... I was looking for opinions on if I should keep those types of players in my linup or bench them until they break out of the slump.
...then there's the eventual question of what constitutes "breaking out of the slump"....
I think jdh answered the question best saying that 3/5 categories (or 4/5 if you use HRs instead of SLG) gain a positive result even if the other two take a hit, although he was one of few that answered the question.
a general rule with slumping players is that the better they were supposed to be, the more lenient you are with them. For example, if you pick some guy up off the waiver wire and he gives you crap stats for the week, he's gone. At the other end of the spectrum, if you drafted a fantasy stud, you pretty much give him the entire season to break out of his slump. And that makes sense... there's a reason you drafted whoever it is in the first round or whenever. You know they can perform, and you can be reasonably certain they won't keep playing like crap. At the same time, their value goes down down down as they continue to slump, making it rarely worthwhile to trade them, since you know the moment you do they'll break out of the slump and then you got screwed. So play it like that... if you're 4th/5th OF hasn't shown any signs of life yet, dump him, where your first should be given more of a chance.
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I still plasy Giambi, Tejada, Chavez, and Green everyday just because there is no reason to bench struggiling "star" infielders. Green I should have benched a while ago but Im afraid I will miss a 4 homer day.
i too have burrell and at times i have gotten fed up with him and benched him for a night. And somehow every time i bench him he gets a home run. I missed his 2homer night the other day because i decided to bench him. Out of his 9 home runs so far this year, i only have 3. So i'm not benching him ever again.