Should mixed leaguers cut Derek Jeter? 

June, 14, 2011
If Yunel Escobar, Ian Desmond and Darwin Barney were placed on the disabled list Tuesday, you would probably cut them in ESPN standard (10-team) mixed leagues and look for another shortstop. Perhaps Desmond and his lofty stolen base totals are a bit different, but still, in general, you would probably move on, since none of them are big names, and they're not exactly performing at an awesome level. These fellows are just outside the top 10 among shortstops on the ESPN Player Rater.

Guess who is directly behind them, sputtering along at No. 14? Yep, it's Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees. Well, Jeter, approaching his 3,000th hit, suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right calf Monday night. As of this writing, we don't have an update on how many games he'll potentially miss, if he'll need a DL stint, etc.

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounAs of this writing, Derek Jeter was still owned in 100 percent of ESPN standard leagues.
In a way, it's not relevant. Look, if you took out the Hall of Fame name and just looked at the statistics, Jeter is no longer a must-own fantasy player in a shallow league, and if I knew that said player was going to miss at least a few weeks, when about 14 weeks remain for the season, I would have to consider cutting him depending on what else is available and how much bench space I had. Jeter is contributing in a truly valuable way in one fantasy statistic: runs scored. The seven stolen bases are nice, but can we really count on that pace continuing, especially with a leg injury added to the equation? I'm not saying you should cut Jeter right now, because he might be back in the lineup in a few days, and as it stands, he's a league-average shortstop and useful. But you shouldn't feel dirty about considering it. He's performing even worse than last year, at barely replacement level, with no reason to believe it's a fluke.