Should we give up on Vernon Wells?

Updated: May 10, 2011, 5:56 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Seems to me that poor -- OK, wrong descriptive word there -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells just can't catch a break. He's really not a bad player, but far too often the only thing people discuss when mentioning his name is his lofty contract. This season fantasy owners have found something else to whine about: a .183 batting average is a big problem. Of course, now Angels fans and fantasy owners can't kick the suffering Wells -- wrong word again! -- anymore; he has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained groin.

Facts are facts, however, and a healthy Wells made for -- and still makes for -- a nice buy-low opportunity, because he's better than a .183 hitter. Much better. Yes, that's right, I'm defending Vernon Wells. No, I didn't expect him to hit 31 home runs for the Angels this season, but 20-25 homers with 80-plus RBIs and a .270 batting average seemed pretty reasonable to me, and that certainly makes Wells ownable. Even in standard leagues, I wouldn't say Wells is a must-drop player today; he'll be back in a month or so, and he'll be better than he has shown so far, and in a way that's what fantasy is all about, buying low and accruing the best stats you can.