It's easy to get incredibly frustrated when playing fantasy baseball. You take a guy in the first round of your draft last April and he starts out the season with the worst month imaginable (Albert Pujols). You reach for an All-Star pitcher only for him to land on the DL (Roy Halladay). Then when you do find a bargain in the outfield, he gets busted for PEDs (Melky Cabrera). But below is a list of guys that have never produced this season. Forget drugs, injury or one bad month; these are the guys that have royally mutilated your team in 2012.
Carlos Santana, C (Cle)
Ranked as the top catcher in Yahoo during preseason, Santana only has 12 homers and a .236 average; not what you need with a 4th round pick.
Brian McCann, C (Atl)
The potential future Hall of Famer is most certainly in a down year. The career .281 hitter is only hitting .230 this season, good for #332 on our player rater.
Eric Hosmer, 1B (KC)
The sophomore stud had an amazing rookie season, which is why he was being taken in the 4th to 5th rounds of drafts last spring. That draft status didn't hold up too well with a line of .229/10/47 in '12 — he's ranked #316 in my league overall.
Ike Davis, 1B (NYM)
Not sure if it's Valley Fever, or if he simply forgot to hit, but a .213 average can't make up for 20 home runs. #307 on player rater.
Gabby Sanchez, 1B (Mia)
He was an All-Star in '11, got sent to the minors in '12; a brutal 180 degrees. The draft-day sleeper pick is #1087 in the ranks this year.
Dan Uggla, 2B (ATL)
Sure, he's always been known for his hot and cold streaks, but 15 home runs won't balance out his awful .215 average. Currently #210 overall.
Rickie Weeks, 2B (Mil)
If you drafted him you should have known better. Weeks has always been Mr. Inconsistent. After having a great 2011, his 2012 has only produced a .221 average and 7 steals. #358 on the player rater.
Jemile Weeks, 2B (Oak)
The rookie stud has hit a tremendous sophomore slump, only hitting .220/2/18 this season — good for #852 in the player ranks.
Michael Young, 3B, 2B, 1B (Tex)
He proved to all of us last year that he wasn't done yet, mashing a line of .338/11/106. Now the utility man has hit a wall, only hitting .269/3/45 in 2012. The 6th round pick has returned a 36th round value.
Mark Reynolds, 3B, 1B (Bal)
Baltimore gave up on him awhile ago, you should have too. #694 on our player rater after a .216/11/41 line.
Tim Lincecum, SP (SF)
By far the most colossal disappointment in all of baseball this year; hopefully you dumped him from your team early. Ranked as the 5th best pitcher in pre-season, he's been probably the worst on the mound with a 5.45 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP — good for #972 overall.
Dan Haren, SP (LAA)
This 2nd tier stud and perennial All-Star has sported an ERA of 4.68 and still doesn't have 100 Ks this season. Currently sitting at #499 overall.
Jon Lester, SP (Bos)
Some thought he might be the best pitcher in the league at the beginning of last season, since then he's gradually been going down hill. He's #890 on the player rater — almost as bad as Lincecum — after tossing a 5.20 ERA on the season.
Ricky Romero, SP (Tor)
He sprouted into a young stud over the past couple of years, becoming Toronto's ace, but he's been anything but in 2012. Taken around rounds 10-12 last spring, he's now sitting around #1061 on our player rater after throwing for an ERA 5.47 and a WHIP of 1.52. Plain awful.