Phil Hughes, John Lackey testing patience 

April, 8, 2011
A lot can happen in a baseball weekend, especially in a world -- both real and fantasy -- in which patience is a lost virtue and panic sets in early. Consider the plight of the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, who both entered their Friday games winless. Sound the alarm!

It's not much different in fantasy baseball. I still think Rays reliever Jake McGee will lead the team in saves, but without the Rays scoring runs and with nary a save chance after a week, it's of little surprise that fantasy owners made McGee fantasy's most dropped player a few days ago. He since has been replaced at the top by Red Sox right-hander John Lackey, a pounding victim in his first two outings, including Friday afternoon's mess. From bounce-back candidate a week ago to clear-cut bust, right? It changes quickly.

As I type this, I've just watched Lackey and New York Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes serve up one meatball after another in Friday's afternoon tilt at Fenway Park. It was ugly. Hughes is not on the most-dropped list yet, but I bet that changes Saturday. Fantasy owners don't want to hear about him winning 18 games a year ago. They only care about lost velocity and way too many runs in the first week. From 16th-round pick in ESPN average live drafts to discarded, one week into the season.