Jason Heyward has had a terrible 2013. For the just-turned-24 year old, a .247/.347/.397 triple slash line is disappointing — Especially when the Braves have had such a successful season on the whole. As for fantasy owners? Heyward has been a dream crusher. For me, the combination of Heyward and Matt Kemp has crippled my chances of repeating as Experts League Champion.
At $31, I’m resigned to cutting Heyward a couple of days before the season ends for a prospect to stash. This was an easy call until July 28th when the left-handed hitter reeled off seven hits in three games. This success has carried into August. After a four hits today, Heyward’s triple slash line this month is .382/.475/.559. Way to make an easy decision much harder.
Maybe Heyward was hurt early in the season? He played through pain through much of 2011 — The last time Heyward played this poorly.
Even if Heyward crushes through the end of the season, it will be hard to change my mind for two reasons.
Reason one, the stolen bases have dried up. Two steals in six attempts is a far cry from the player expected to push 30-20 this season.
The second is a belief high salaried players should have the bat to start in a fantasy lineup everyday. And while his .740 OPS against lefties is an improvement, Heyward is a 450-500 plate appearance guy for me until proven otherwise.
If I can buy back into Heyward at $20 or so in 2014, I will, but $33 after Ottoneu arbitration is just too much.
Have a Hart? I was able to scoop injured Brewers first baseman Corey Hart for just 1% of my budget in an Ottoneu league. In keeper leagues, he’s a great guy to grab and stash now as attention has turned to trade deadlines and prospect for rental swaps.
Speaking of prospects, now is the WORST time to be shopping for them in most formats. With bottom feeders looking to sell, they’ll be looking to add prospects as a piece of every package, not to mention the waiver wire. Top teams will be looking to trade prospects and reload. Either way, prospects will be at a premium through the end of the season.
2 Feb 2014 / Mike Newman /
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