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Friday, June 2, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: KYLE SCHWARBER A TOTAL JOKE IN 2017

Well I can't say I didn't warn you.  Whether it was calling out Chicago Cubs catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber as a bust candidate in this year's Fantasy Sports Boss Draft Guide or whether it was subjecting him and underrated Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis in an "Overrated/Underrated" feature this past March, there was zero fantasy baseball respect from this corner for today's subject to say the least.  Things have no reached a low of epic proportions as the Cubs and manager Joe Maddon have been forced to drop Schwarber to the seventh spot in the team's order; a full acknowledgment that having him bat leadoff to begin the season was laughable.  Going into Fridays action, you can make the case that Schwarber has been the single worst hitter in fantasy baseball this season when taking into account cost at the draft as he lugs a .165 average with 8 home runs and 19 RBI around.  And again I warned you about this as I said on numerous occasions that Schwarber was grossly overpriced at the draft table due to the fact he carried catcher eligibility which is always a major drawing card and for the fact as a hitter, the guy has giant holes in his swing as we have seen.  Part of the .265 disaster is the fact Schwarber has been a strikeout machine as his nasty 29.1 K/9 rate shows.  Yes a .199 BABIP is insanely unlucky but Schwarber is not getting anything to hit now that opposing pitchers know he will chase and strike out.  Sure 8 home runs is nice from a catcher-eligible player but Gattis and a slew of other catchers have been so much more productive in less playing time and for around 8-10 rounds cheaper.  The bottom line is that Schwarber is looking every bit like the bust I said he would and soon enough there won't be another spot further down in the order for him to hold onto.


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