Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Fantasy Profile: Andres Torres
Before the 2010 season, Andres Torres was an unknown aging fifth outfielder. An afterthought.
Then he made a miraculous comeback with the Giants, playing in 139 games (64 more games than any other season in his career) becoming one of the most dangerous lead-off hitters in the league.
Last year, in Yahoo! Sports fantasy league, Torres was ranked the 99th best fantasy player in baseball, yet owned in only 28% of the leagues.
Why he wasn't owned in more leagues? He had never started for a team before, and he was at the old age of 32. Two uncertainties that fantasy owners tend to stay away from.
Despite being under the radar, Torres continued to hit, run and field like nobody knew he could.
He had an average of .268 with 16 home runs and 63 RBIs (alright, pretty average), along with a team-leading 26 steals and only one error.
He also had 67 extra-base hits with 43 doubles (4th in N.L.) and eight triples (7th in N.L.).
This year, however, Torres began the season slowly as he hit .286 with seven strikeouts, three walks and no RBIs in the eight games he played in April before going on the disabled list.
He continued playing on May 10th and has yet to reach the caliber of play he showed us last season.
Since his return, Torres has hit two home runs, 12 RBIs and has an average of .224. What is more disappointing is his amount of steals; just seven in the 44 games he has played in this season.
For those 26% of you who still own Torres, it doesn't look like you're getting his production from last season. His power is way down, he doesn't steal as often as he should and he just doesn't get on base with such a low average.
This season, Yahoo! has ranked him 672nd in their fantasy leagues, much worse than his rank from last season.
If you have him, I'm sorry to say it, but you must drop him. Where his main threat in fantasy leagues last season was speed, this year it appears that he has slowed down.
If you do drop him, make sure to keep an eye on his production. If his average raises along with the number of steals, than he may be worth picking up again.