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Diamond market: Fukudome going through slump


Diamond market: Fukudome going through slump

KEY

Discard - Drop player (in most circumstances)
Stash - Hold player if roster space is available; consider dropping if trend continues
Hold - Do not drop player (in most circumstances)

First Basemen

Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox

Owners keep waiting for the guy who accounted for 147 home runs and 420 RBI the last four years to show up, but instead they're left with a miserable .204 average and a homerless May. Konerko's just 14-for-76 (.184) this month and hasn't gone yard since April 27. Further evidence of his disturbing loss of power is a lack of any extra-base hits since May 9 - a span of 51 at-bats. Don't cut him quite yet if you can avoid it, but by all means keep him reserved until he starts hitting.

Shallow mixed: Stash
Deep mixed: Hold
AL-only: Hold

Scott Hatteberg, Cincinnati

Batting just .173 on the season and an ill fit as a pinch-hitter because of his patient approach at the plate, Hatteberg was designated for assignment by the Reds with the promotion of outfielder Jay Bruce. He shouldn't have been on any mixed rosters to begin with, but those in NL-only leagues can hold onto him in case he ends up in a better situation.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
NL-only: Stash

Third Basemen

Joe Crede, Chicago White Sox

Konerko isn't the only player in the Windy City struggling to find his power stroke, as Crede's managed just a single home run this month after clubbing seven of them in April. His run production has also taken a nosedive, falling from 22 RBI last month to just six thus far in May. He's gone hitless in four of his past five games, but should still be retained in all formats for the time being.

Shallow mixed: Hold
Deep mixed: Hold
AL-only: Hold

Shortstops

Ryan Theriot, Chicago Cubs

After a red hot April, Theriot's slowed down of late, hitting .214 over his last 10 games and watching his average drop 31 points from his high watermark of .340 on May 1. He was never a source of power (one home run, 13 RBI on the season), so his value rests exclusively on his ability to hit for average, score runs and swipe bases. He has nine steals, but he's also been caught a league-high eight times and is just 2-for-5 this month. Keep him on board, but maintain a wary eye on his average.

Shallow mixed: Hold
Deep mixed: Hold
NL-only: Hold

Clint Barmes, Colorado

In the midst of perhaps the greatest stretch of his career, Barmes (knee) finds himself joining multiple teammates on Colorado's crowded disabled list. The 29-year-old was felled by a sprained right knee, but was batting .391 in May and .343 overall, which gives him considerable value at the middle infield spot. He's probably not worth holding on to in shallow leagues, but all others should find a spot for him.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Hold
NL-only: Hold

Outfielders

Ryan Church, New York Mets

Church (concussion) has been limited to pinch-hitting duty over the team's last four games and hasn't started since May 20. He'd been enjoying a breakout season (.309-9-32), including six home runs in 67 May at-bats. He was scheduled to see a neurologist Tuesday, due to lingering dizziness stemming from a concussion. A trip to the disabled list isn't out of the question, though the team's made such a proposition more difficult by pinch-hitting him, which prevents them from making the move retroactive. Regardless of what they do, keep him on your roster.

Shallow mixed: Hold
Deep mixed: Hold
NL-only: Hold

Kosuke Fukudome, Chicago Cubs

Fukudome's in the midst of his first sustained slump in the majors, having managed just six hits in his last 34 at-bats to drop his average to .294. It's the first time his average has been below .300 this season. He hasn't shown much power on the year (one home run since Opening Day) and his speed hasn't been great, but he's a solid hitter in the heart of a powerful lineup. Wait out the slump and don't let him off your roster.

Shallow mixed: Hold
Deep mixed: Hold
NL-only: Hold

Raul Ibanez, Seattle

During Seattle's current seven-game losing streak, Ibanez has managed just one hit in 25 at-bats, dropping his average all the way down to .268 - the lowest it's been since April 10. His .268-7-32 line is at least respectable, thanks to a .300 average with runners on base, which has yielded 28 RBI. Although he's down now, he hasn't hit worse than .280 in a full season during his career and should rebound to post solid totals across the board. Don't release him.

Shallow mixed: Hold
Deep mixed: Hold
AL-only: Hold

Delmon Young, Minnesota

It's at 189 at-bats and counting ... that's how far along Young is into his Twins career without notching his first home run. The power outage is a major concern for fantasy owners expecting him to build on the 13 home runs and 93 RBI he contributed as a rookie last season. His 28 runs and eight steals are decent, but they aren't enough to offset poor power totals and a pedestrian average. Stash him if you can in shallow leagues, but don't hesitate to move him into a bench spot.

Shallow mixed: Stash
Deep mixed: Hold
AL-only: Hold

Corey Patterson, Cincinnati

Cincinnati's patience with Patterson appears to have officially run out with the summoning of Bruce, the reigning Minor League Player of the Year. Patterson's batting just .201 on the year, including a brutal .183-0-2 line in 60 at-bats this month. He's shown he can still hit for power at times and does have some speed, but those outside of NL-only formats should trim him from their rosters immediately.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
NL-only: Stash

Brad Hawpe, Colorado

Hawpe (hamstring) joins Colorado's seemingly endless parade of walking wounded as a casualty of a hamstring strain. He'd been borderline awful this season after a breakthrough 2007 campaign, batting .231 with only three home runs and watching his slugging percentage fall from .539 a year ago to an abysmal .357 this year. Those in shallow leagues should be able to locate a suitable replacement on the waiver wire, though those in deeper setups should try to find a place to stash him.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Hold
NL-only: Hold

Designated Hitters

Travis Hafner, Cleveland

Hafner (shoulder) has only graced the Tribe's starting lineup six times in their last 10 games, accounting for just four hits in 22 at-bats. He did notch a pinch-hit home run against the Reds on May 16, which amazingly is his only homer in May and his first in nearly a month. He's experienced some discomfort in his shoulder dating back to spring training, though the team's downplayed its significance. No matter the reason, the time's come to part ways with him in shallow formats unless you can spare a bench slot. Those in deeper leagues should retain him indefinitely.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Hold
AL-only: Hold

Starting Pitchers

Scott Olsen, Florida

After allowing no runs in three of his previous five starts, Olsen's been touched up for 14 runs (12 earned) in 15 1/3 innings over his last three outings. The 24-year-old southpaw's also experienced a drop in velocity, though reports indicate he's unconcerned. Fantasy owners should be worried about his lack of production this month since shutting out the Brewers for 8 2/3 innings May 6. With a 1-2 record and three no-decisions in his last six starts, owners in shallow formats should be at least looking for potential replacements if he doesn't turn things around in his next couple of starts.

Shallow mixed: Stash
Deep mixed: Hold
NL-only: Hold

Luke Hochevar, Kansas City

The former No. 1 overall pick hasn't exactly been horrible lately, but given the struggles of Kansas City's offense this season he hasn't been good enough. He's 2-3 in May, allowing just two runs in 12 innings of work in the two wins against 16 runs (12 earned) in 19 innings during the three defeats. The rest of his May numbers have been mediocre - 19 walks, 22 strikeouts, 1.35 WHIP - and he really has value solely in AL-only leagues. However, those in deeper setups can consider stashing him if they have the space.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Stash
AL-only: Hold

Carlos Silva, Seattle

Silva's followed an undefeated April with a winless May, looking absolutely terrible in three of his five starts. For the month, he's 0-4 with an 8.89 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. Opponents are batting .367 against him, and he's allowed eight or more hits four times in May. He was nothing more than a borderline option in deep leagues to begin with, but he should now be found on the waiver wires of most formats.

Shallow mixed: Discard
Deep mixed: Discard
AL-only: Hold


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 29, 2008

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