Fantasy Baseball Slow Starters – Hitters
Here is a list of guys who typically get off to slow starts. If you draft them, be patient. If you didn’t take them, they may good buy low candidates.
Ryan Howard - Howard is a beast so he probably isn’t going to come available, but don’t be discouraged by a slow start. Last year year he hit .234 with 28 HRs and 84 RBI in 96 games before the All-Star break and .276 with 20 & 62 in the last 66 games. For his career he hits 47 points higher after the break.
Ichiro Suzuki – Ichiro hit .252 in March & April last year and .323 the rest of the way. His April swoon may seem uncharacteristic for Ichiro, but he is a .294 hitter in April and a .337 hitter thereafter. If he struggles early, maybe you can surgically remove him from somebody’s team.
Bobby Abreu - You may assume a slow start is due to relocation, but remember he hit .269 with just 3 HRs in 28 April games last year. Historically, April is his worst month. He has a .282 average and 31 HRs and 154. He has at least 40 HRs & 170 RBI in every other Month but September (35 & 163). Plus, he hits .303 in the other months. He could be primed to take off someone’s hands if he starts slow.
Ryan Zimmerman - Zimmerman started off March/April hitting .233. He hit .301 the rest of the way. Last year wasn’t atypical for Zimmerman. For his career he has hit .237 in March/April and .292 in the other months. Zimmerman is another one that you may actually be able to get if he starts slow again.
Jhonny Peralta - Before June Peralta his .233 with 19 RBI in 48 games (0.40 RBI per game). After June he hit .294 with 70 RBI in 106 games (0.66 RBI per game). In 85 career April games he’s hit .226 compared to .274 in other months.
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