Should fantasy owners drop Matt Wieters?
Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters celebrated his 27th birthday Tuesday with another hitless performance in four at-bats, dropping his season batting average to .223, but it’s hard to tell if fantasy owners have noticed. Wieters was supposed to be one of the top fantasy catchers this season, and perhaps he will get there, but it’s not going to happen with that batting average.
Wieters seems to have earned plenty of trust, as he remains one of seven catchers owned in 100 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues, but all the others are hitting considerably better. Wieters was, after all, the fourth catcher chosen in ESPN live drafts and in the same sixth round as Nos. 2 and 3 Yadier Molina and Joe Mauer, but those guys are contending for batting titles, not hitting below their weight. Wieters has more consistent power potential than those fellows, but he also hit .249 two of the past three seasons, so it is reasonable to wonder if this start is the new, real thing.
Joy R. Absalon/USA TODAY Sports Matt Wieters enters Wednesday's action 11th among catchers on the Player Rater.