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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fantasy focus: The declining values of Chone Figgins and Jose Lopez

Chone Figgins and Jose Lopez switched positions to start the season.

What we didn't know at the time was they wouldn't be any better than Jason Donald and Jhonny Peralta.

Figgins is playing second base after signing with Seattle, and he's been so bad he's been dropped in almost 8 percent of the leagues on

I wouldn't make that move yet, but I certainly wouldn't start him unless I was desperate for stolen bases, since Figgins is doing nothing else.

Entering Thursday night's game against the Red Sox, Figgins had scored only 40 runs in 94 games. He was batting .230 with a .597 OPS, no homers, 22 RBI and 25 steals.

After playing decently in June (.271 average, 13 steals), he's been awful in July (.221, seven runs, three RBI and two steals in 68 at-bats).

Lopez, meanwhile, has been even worse.

Since shifting from second to third base to make room for Figgins, Lopez is batting .238 with a .268 on-base percentage, .606 OPS, 29 runs, six homers and 39 RBI.

A player who averaged 21 homers and 93 RBI in 2008 and '09 batted .226 in April, .240 in May, .264 in June and .211 in July.

His ESPN ownership percentage is down to 55, and it's difficult to argue with any owner who has given up on Lopez.

I wouldn't do the same with Figgins.

In category leagues, he has some value. In points leagues, he's on par with Peralta.

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