MLS Fantasy: Who are the Top 12 busts in 2013?
Most players come into the season with high expectations, but unfortunately for some, they can't all be winners.
On Wednesday we took an in-depth look at the players who have risen in price this season. Today, we're going to examine Price Fall.
Price Fall (PF)
Unlike Price Rise, which is predominantly attributed to production, a drop in value usually means the opposite: lack of production.
However, sometimes this isn't always the case.
In MLS Fantasy, players decrease in value for several different reasons. Season-ending or lenghty injuries, loss of playing time and spending time on a poor team are key factors as well.
As it stands right now, 12 players have dropped $1.0m or more since the start of the 2013 MLS season. 152 players have dipped at least $0.5m and a whopping 533 players find themselves in the negative.
Here are the Top 12 busts from the 2013 MLS season.
|Bryan de la Fuente||CHV||MID||0.1%||$4.8||32||$1.2|
Frederic Piquionne is the biggest bust in MLS Fantasy according to the numbers. With an initial asking price of just $7.5m, the former West Ham United striker wasn't expected to deliver all that much coming in. He had a couple nice games, but since August 4 he's seen just six total minutes on the field. Piquionne suffers in a system that uses a lone target striker up top and he's third on the depth chart behind Jamaican international, Ryan Johnson, and Argentine newcomer, Maximiliano Urruti. Does his drastic dip in value make him the biggest bust in 2013? Maybe.
Kei Kamara was given a relatively high asking price ($9.5m) when the season began. He was coming off a pretty good season with Sporting KC and a nice loan stint with English Premier League's Norwich City. Kamara didn't live up to the hype this year, but that's not why he dropped so much. Unlike Piquionne who suffered from a loss of playing time, Kamara ultimately decreased after he was sold by MLS to Middlesbrough.
Three Chivas USA players made the Top 12 and it's pretty obvious why. They've been one of the most disappointing teams in 2013 and rarely offer admirable pickups on either the attacking or defensive side of the ball. Fantasy newcomer and US international veteran Carlos Bocanegra came to MLS mid-season. Priced at $5.0m to start, Bocanegra was viewed as an average starting center back. He's played in 10 games since his arrival in early July, racking up 11 CBI's/game, two clean sheets, 21 goals conceded and one red card, but some may have been expecting more.
Most of the players listed above have struggled to live up to their initial asking price. Some will be gone when the season ends and the rest will get a shot at redemption in 2014.
Who do you think has been the biggest bust in 2013?