Fallen Stars

A change of scenery is supposed to be what leads players to perform better. However, for three stars, they have done just the opposite. Dan Uggla, Jayson Werth, and Adam Dunn, who even switched leagues, have all struggled with their new teams.  Uggla was traded to Atlanta from Florida, Werth signed a big contract with the Nationals in the offseason, after leaving Philadelphia, and Adam Dunn left Washington to play in the American League, with the White Sox.

When Uggla was traded, he was expected to be the right-handed power bat the Braves have missed for years now. However, with the first weekend post All-Star break ending, Uggla has been far from that. He has hit 15 home runs, but his .189 average is not what Atlanta expected. Uggla has only driven in 35 runs, and his .366 slugging percentage has also been dismal. The Braves will need more from Uggla if they want to take over the Phillies in the East.

Jayson Werth left the Phillies and signed a very large contract with the Nationals in the offseason (7 year, $126 million). His big contract came with criticism, and Werth has yet to silence his critics so far in 2011. His average of .213 and OPS of .673 have been very disappointing, as well as his 10 home runs and 31 RBIs. The Nationals will need him to live up to his big contract now and especially for the future.

Adam Dunn has been a huge disappointment for the White Sox in 2011. He went to the American League to fill the role as designated hitter, but he has not been what the White Sox were hoping for. His line of .160 BA/9 HR/36 RBI/.592 OPS is a very disappointing season, especially for a hitter like Dunn. The White Sox are still in the division race, so Dunn’s bat could give them that extra boost.

 Fantasy Impact

All three of these players have been disappointments this season. Looking towards the second half, all three players are still worth a look. Since second base is a weak position for fantasy, it is a good idea to keep a close eye on Uggla. He found his power stroke near the end of the first half, showing he has some pop in his bat. Dunn is in the same boat, because has the power to put up good numbers, specifically home runs and RBIs. Werth’s struggles have been evident, but he has not shown any signs of being a viable fantasy option. However, keep an eye on him just in case he finds his stroke.


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