Earlier this week we looked at
hitters who surprised fantasy owners this season
. Now we will look at the other side and break down the hitters who let down fantasy owners. I'm basing this off of where they were drafted according to FantasyPros.com
Hitters Who Disappointed:
1. Milwaukee Brewers Second Baseman Jonathan Villar -- In Villar's first three seasons (2013-2015), the infielder never played 100 games and never hit three home runs. However, he had a breakout season in 2016 and was the No. 1 waiver-wire addition as he finished the year with a .285 batting average to go along with 19 home runs, 92 runs scored and an eye-popping 62 stolen bases. Coming into this season, a regression was a significant possibility, and that is exactly what happened, as Villar, 26, is batting .241 with 11 home runs, 48 runs scored and 23 stolen bases. Villar has also been reduced to a part-time player due to his struggles. He was drafted as a consensus top 40 player in March and clearly deserves to top this dubious list.
2. Colorado Rockies Shortstop Trevor Story -- The shortstop was the talk of fantasy baseball in April 2016 when he hit 10 home runs in the first month of his big league career. Due to injury, Story was only able to play 97 games last year, but he hit 27 home runs. The hype train was real for Story heading into his sophomore season, as evidenced by his top 40 draft selection. Like Villar, it was a dud of the season for Story, as he has managed to hit 23 home runs in 142 games. It will be interesting to see where Story gets drafted next season, as he has shown signs of life in the second half. I still believe in his power and, as always, owners love targeting hitters who play half their games in Colorado. I'm not sure Story will qualify as a bounce-back candidate, but I can already see myself targeting him in the middle-to-later rounds in 2018.
3. Colorado Rockies Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez -- Credit the Rockies for contending for a playoff position in a season in which two hitters they were relying on heavily had down seasons. Gonzalez has been a model of consistency for much of his career, and his average draft position of the top 40 reflected that. However, the power has not been there for Gonzalez this season, as he has hit 13 home runs, a career low when he has played at least 90 games. The good news is his batting average rebounded in the second half of the season and he started to perform like the player many fantasy owners thought they were getting in March. I may hesitate with Story when it comes to being a bounce-back candidate, but I'm pretty confident Gonzalez will crack my list next March.
4. Chicago Cubs Outfielder Kyle Schwarber -- The slugger could still hit 30 home runs this season, which is amazing to think about when reflecting on his year. Schwarber is batting .208, which is unacceptable for the talent he possesses. Schwarber struggled so bad he was demoted to the minors. This was supposed to be the year he became one of the premier sluggers in baseball, but instead, Schwarber batted .178 in the first half of the season with 13 home runs. The 24-year-old was drafted in the top 70 overall and didn't come close to helping fantasy owners at all this season.