Billy Butler frustrating fantasy owners 

June, 6, 2013

Kansas City Royals first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler remains 100 percent owned in ESPN standard leagues, but, judging by my Twitter feed, patience is apparently running thin. Butler might have quieted the critics with Wednesday’s three-hit performance, but alas, each was a single. Fantasy owners expect home runs and RBIs, not singles and walks. Butler is not on ESPN’s undroppable list, but the case could be made for inclusion.

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Billy Butler
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast Billy Butler's .384 OBP is nearly a career best but his .401 slugging nearly a career worst.

Yes, with a mere five home runs through more than a third of the season, the Butler who seemed to break through with 29 blasts in 2012 appears back to his ol’ disappointing tricks. It’s a shame, too, if that’s the case (although two months is too early to render a decision); Butler was a coveted fourth-round pick in ESPN average live drafts, as the significant power -- you know, the Domonic Brown power -- mercifully arrived, and now he has fewer home runs than Rick Ankiel, James Loney and more than 120 other players. What gives?