Is it time to drop Justin Morneau in standard leagues?

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Jun 3, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) is hit by a pitch during the fifth inning. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

First Basemen:

Justin Morneau, Rockies: Morneau was a feel good story in April.  A former MVP that seemed to be washed up, only to resurface with a new team and have a monster month.  That said, this is not the Morneau of 2007 folks.  That guy is gone and not coming back.  Morneau is in an awful slump right now.  He is hitting  just .167 in the last two weeks with one home run and just 2 RBI.  How much longer before Michael Cuddyer starts stealing at-bats at first base due to the crowded (not to mention hot-hitting) Rockies outfield?

Eric Hosmer, Royals: Hosmer is hitting just .203 over the last two weeks, but his season average is still at .270.  The thing that hurt with Hosmer is the complete lack of counting stats.  He has just one home run and zero stolen bases.  He was supposed to put up 20/20 seasons without breaking a sweat!  The struggles of the Royals are baffling considering all of the young talent they have, and they may eventually turn it around to have respectable seasons, but I am having my doubts now.

Mark Teixeira, Yankees: Is his wrist at fault for his recent struggles?  Perhaps.  Is it healed?  Maybe, maybe not.  Wrist injuries tend to linger, and can end up getting worse.  Tex is in the midst of a pretty bad slide.  He is just 7 for his last 35 ,and that includes his 3-9 stretch over the last two days.  Maybe it’s the cynic in me that thinks that the wrist will continue to cause issues.  It may well be that the worst is behind him, but if there is someone out there that can help you more, I would strongly consider letting Tex go.

Jun 2, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds (7) hits a 2-run home run. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Try instead:

Jon Singleton, Astros: Normally I would not recommend a rookie, especially one that just made his major league debut.  That said, Singleton looked pretty good in his first game, including drawing a bases loaded walk off of Angels lefty C.J. Wilson.  Oh, and he hit a 413 foot blast for his first major league hit.  He is owned in just over half of ESPN leagues.  He might be worth picking up to see if he can build on his debut.

Mark Reynolds, Brewers: Lyle Overbay would seem to be the odd man out now that Aramis Ramirez is back.  Reynolds will probably only sit against the really tough righties.  Why?  he has five homers in the last two weeks, and the Brewers need offense.  The .217 average over that span could hurt, but with five homer and 12 RBI, he is much safer, even in the average department, than Ryan Howard.

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