Is it time to drop Justin Morneau in standard leagues?

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Apr 17, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez (16) at the batting cage. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

We are now two months into the baseball season.  We are roughly a third of the way home.  There are some stars who are struggling, and some better performers sitting out on waivers in your standard league wire.  You are in the middle of the pack, and have an itchy trigger finger.  I get it.  We have all been there.  Some of us revisit that place every season.

Just like you can’t go on autopilot if you have a lead, you have to continue to be dilligent if you are in the middle or back of the pack as well.  You have to work the wire to win the league.

But who do you drop?  Nobody wants to be the one that drops a guy that goes on a hot streak.  But at the same time, you can’t afford to just sit there and waste away in the middle of the pack.  You need to do something.  If you can’t find a suitable trade partner, you will have to work the wire for what you need.

I get it that you form a bond with the players that you picked, but fantasy is no place for feelings of nostalgia and loyalty.  Just because Aramis Ramriez helped you win a league title a few years ago does not mean you have to keep rolling with him.

Here are some players that can be dropped in standard leagues.  If your league has more than three bench slots, feel free to hang on to these guys.  But in standard leagues, bench slots are usually too important to use on slumping players.  The players listed here are owned in 75 percent or more of ESPN leagues.

This piece will focus on corner infielders.  The outfielders and catchers are here.  We will do middle infielders tomorrow.

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