Even though these guys didn’t have the best 2010 baseball seasons, I wouldn’t discount them for the 2011 season. Hampered by injuries or who ridiculously high expectations, these players will bounce back in 2011, so here are my 2011 bounce back fantasy baseball players.
Matt Kemp – OF Los Angeles Dodgers – Kemp had a huge 2009 season. He hit .297 with 26 HR, 101 RBI, and even stole 34 bases. If people didn’t draft him in the top five, they certainly had him in the top ten, and why not? The guy is a potential 30/30 player. Well, 2010 was a miserable year for Kemp as he hit .249 on the season and only stole 19 bases. He did hit 28 HR, but that didn’t justify his high draft price. With that bad year out of his way, I would look for him to bounce back in a big way in 2011.
Mark Reynolds – 3B Baltimore Orioles – Reynolds had a monster 2009 as he hit .260 with 44 HR and 102 RBI. Heck, he even stole 24 bases. Then came 2010. Reynolds hit a miserable .198 with 32 HR, 85 RBI, and stole only seven bases. Reynolds battled a nagging quad injury most of the season which is a big reason he had those numbers. You know he will strike out 200 times, but I see him getting back over 40 HR this year with his average getting up to .250. Reynolds doubling his steal total from last year isn’t out of the question either.
Jason Bay – OF New York Mets – Talk about a bust… Bay had a horrible 2010 after signing his rather lucrative contract with the Mets. After watching him hit 36 HR in 2009, the Mets saw him hit six. Granted he missed all of August and September, but even if he played, he wasn’t coming close to his 2009 numbers anyway. Normally you can count on Bay for at least 20 HR and a .275 average, which is what I think you will see this year from him.
Prince Fielder – 1B Milwaukee Brewers – Ok, obviously he’s good, but after watching him hit .299 with 46 HR and 141 RBI in 2009, his 2010 numbers (.261 average, 32 HR and 83 RBI) left many fantasy owners feeling dirty and used. With his contract up at the end of the year and Fielder being only 27 years old, I would be surprised if he hit less than 40 home runs this year.
Jose Reyes – SS New York Mets – Another Met makes this list as Reyes has been battling injuries over the past two seasons. When healthy, you can expect a .280 average with 15 home runs and 40 steals. Last season, he missed some time, but still hit .282 with 11 HR and 54 RBI to go with his 30 steals. I would look for his power numbers to go up just a bit with more steals this year from Reyes.