The following are the most notable offensive player drops in ESPN leagues. (Note: I left out Carp, Cain and Quentin as they are injury drops and therefore will not be rosterable (should be a word) in the near future).
Brennan Boesch Tigers OF - 50.3|PERCENT| owned - minus 13.2|PERCENT|
Last year in 478 AB's Bren had a line of 75-16-54-.283-5. Entrenched in the 2 hole and hitting ahead of Miggy and Prince, he could cross the plate this year about, oohhh say, a kajillion times. (Giving him a liberal line of 1kajillion-22-68-.276-8)
Ryan Raburn Tigers 2B/OF - 88.4|PERCENT| owned - minus 9.8|PERCENT|
Guess spring training stats don't matter much after all, do they. The fact that Raburn was rostered in 98.2|PERCENT| of all leagues is laughable. Raburn's a late summer hitter who pounds spring training arms. Pick him up at the All Star break and slot him in accordingly but until then treat him like the moldy cheeze in the far back corner of the fridge that he is.
Colby Rasmus Blue Jay's OF - 90.6|PERCENT| owned - minus 9.4|PERCENT|
Waking up beside Phillis Diller, has got to be more pleasing that looking back on the last year of Rasmus's professional career. Still, this is why you have bench spots. Wasn't it just 2010, at the ripe age of 23, Rasmus went 85-23-66-.276-12?
Damn! That's a David Duval'ish fall from the cliffs of composure.
If you have the bence space I'd grab him. He's a traditionally fast starter though, so if he's not showing a pulse after 4 weeks I'd throw him back to the goats.
Mat Gamel Brewers 3B - 72.2|PERCENT| owned - minus 7.7|PERCENT|
I suspect the 7.7|PERCENT| are chasing closers because really, Gamel is giving owners exactly what they wanted when drafting him. A .273 average and 3rd base eligibility. Wadda's he gotta do, buy ya a sandwich?
Brandon Belt Giants OF/1B - 65.2|PERCENT| owned - minus 6.4|PERCENT|
The saga continues. I love Belt, and I loved the news that he played his way into a starting gig, and he's on most of my rosters, and I'm holding onto him with bloody fingernails, and aren't run on sentences just annoying.
Mark Trumbo Angels 1B - 81.7|PERCENT| owned - minus 6.2
Liked Trumbo as a power hitting, 3rd base sleeper. The question of course is which side of the bed Scosia's waking up on every morning, the obsessive side, or the compulsive?
True, Trumbo's got 3 errors in 3 games. Also true, he's gone 5 for 11 with a homer in the same 3 games. True Part 3 - The Wrath of True, Callaspo's gone 2 for 16 in his place. The fact of the matter is, if Aybar could just improve his range by 35 feet we wouldn't be having this 1 way discussion.
Geovany Soto Cubs C - 73.6|PERCENT| owned - minus 6|PERCENT|
Geovany Soto hit's for a respectable average and moderate power in even years.
That is as enthusiastic as I can be about Geovany Soto.
Jesus Montero Mariners DH - 94.3|PERCENT| owned - minus 5.7|PERCENT|
Montero made his first start of the year at catcher on Wednesday, so he's on pace to get standard league eligibility around the second payday in June. He's been ceding time to John Jaso and Miguel Olivio. He has a ton of potential and hits in a terrible park, within a terrible line up.
In 2 catcher leagues I'd drop him for Geovany Soto.
Jason Kubel Diamondbacks OF - 94.6|PERCENT| owned - minus 5.4|PERCENT|
What can I say, in 2009 I liked Kubel alot! He's a April-May-June hitter (.292 combined average the last 3 years) and is fully capable of manning your OF5 spot while your waiting for Rasmus to stop trembling in the corner.
Or, you can use the roster spot on Lance Lynn, Matt Thornton or Alcides Escobar (no relation to Pablo, who could actually HIT!). And lastly,
Ike Davis Mets 1B - 92.6|PERCENT| owned- minus 5.1|PERCENT|
''Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal disease that resides in the soil of certain parts of the southwestern United States. The disease is usually mild with flu-like symptoms and rashes.'' This is the recent installment of the prime time HBO special, 'Ike Davis - The Year That Luck Stood Still'.
A year ago this month Davis batted .337 with 5 home runs and was on his way to a Gold Glove. Then on May 10th he got tangled with David Wright following a routine pop up, and was handed over to the Met's medical staff to look at his ankle.
Philosophical question: If a Met's doctor scratches his head in the forest, does a key player's injury go automatically undiagnosed?
After taking 2 days off to rest he was given a stretching program, was told he wouldn't need surgery, was told he would need surgery, was told he might not need surgery again, lost his lead off hitter to a division rival, lost his 3rd baseman to a pinky injury, and contracted Valley Fever. At the plate this year he bears a striking resemblance to Mr. Magoo.
The good news is, when he's on his game he's a mean motor scooter and a bad go-getter. I'd grab him to keep your bench warm during the last of these cold, winter evenings. He could end up being anywhere between a poor man's Michael Young and a rich man's Adam Lind.
Generally speaking this is way too early in the season to give up on the results of your draft prep. However, if you have the opportunity to cash in on your league mates mistakes, it's be insulting to the spirit of the game not to.
Happy gambling folks.