I feel that this year a lot of the skill in picking your own team prior to the start of the year was completely useless.
There have been so many picks from early rounds that ended up being complete busts. Guys with high expectations that have been busts.
Roy Halladay - Was absolutely terrible in beginning of year and then lands on the DL for 6 weeks.
Ian Kennedy - Has been absolutely awful.
Ricky Romero - Atrocious.
Yu Darvish - Terribly inconsistent and awful.
Adam Wainwright - Pretty awful. Coming off injury but expected better.
Josh Johnson - Complete bust so far this year. Expected much more.
Heath Bell - Absolutely awful. Total bust.
Mariano Rivera - Was great until he tore his ACL early in the year.
Jered Weaver - Has been great but even he missed about 2 months with a back injury.
Tim Lincecum - Absolutely awful and complete bust. Might have a good 2nd half now, after enough fantasy owners have suffered from his stank.
Derek Holland - After all those CG's last year and a pretty solid year then you thought he could be good. Instead he had a bad 1st half and ended up going to the DL.
Doug Fister - After a solid year last year. There were some decent expectations for him pitching in Detroit behind Verlander.
There's been so many guys that usually aren't in the class of the above guys but this year have been so much better than them.
Kyle Lohse, Chris Sale, RA Dickey, AJ Burnett - these guys have been some of the studs this year.
Matt Cain, Yovani Gallardo, Justin Verlander, Madison Bumgarner have all done what has been expected. Gio Gonzalez has been even better. Cole Hamels has been solid. David Price has been solid. I'm a bit surprised since I picked him last year and he was a bust last year. Skipped him this year and now he's beast like I thought he'd be. I guess that happens though...
Pablo Sandoval was awesome and then had to miss 6 weeks with injury.
Mark Trumbo - He was drafted in many leagues but then "the greatest baseball manager" Mike Sciosia wasn't even putting him in the lineup. People drop him and then some newbs pick him up after they seen his name and saw that he was doing good and getting some games in the lineup. I had him on just about every team, in my lineup, my friend was laughing at me that I had him. He wasn't even playing though. I eventually dropped him off every team I had him and then some fools have him now.
Curtis Granderson - Has not been a top OF like expected, especially with Ellsbury out.
Matt Kemp - Was great to begin with and then he's on the DL for most the year.
Eric Hosmer - He's been horrible.
Alex Gordon - Big step back.\
Pujols has not been too great.
Adrian Gonzalez- big bust
Jacoby Ellsbury - bust
Dustin Pedroia - Bust
Evan Longoria - Didn't have a great year last year but was doing good this year until he suffered injury.
There just seems to be an overwhelming amount of busts this year. These guys are complete busts.
David Wright was a real risky pick but it' wasn't a newb pick.
Josh Willingham? Where the heck did that come from? Playing in Minnesota. I knew this guy had talent but not sure how he became a top fantasy OF. Not even a good 3rd OF or DH spot but he can be any teams top OF...SMH
Josh Reddick - WOW...
Jake Peavy, Lance Lynn, etc, etc... Even Bronson Arroyo would've been better to have on your team then some of those bust pitchers I named. He would've been a good pick for any team in the 5th round instead of Ian Kennedy.
What do you all think? The year of the newb? I feel like A LOT of people have gotten really lucky this year in fantasy. The competition is much closer because of all these waiver wire guys that have been so great.