The problem with Zimmerman is that despite all the hype, all the years of being drafted in the top 4 rounds, etc. how many truly good seasons has he given us?
I'd say one.
When you look at his stats:
2006 - 20 HR, 110 RBI, .287 BA
2007 - 24 HR, 91 RBI, .266 BA
2008 - 14 HR, 51 RBI, .283 BA
2009 - 33 HR, 106 RBI, .292 BA
2010 - 25 HR, 85 RBI, .307 BA
2011 - 12 HR, 49 RBI, .289 BA
Ok... I see one season of more than 25 HRs. I see two seasons of 100+ RBI. I see one season with an average over .300. And yet according to MockdraftCentral and Fantasygameday, he was drafted 44th overall in 2012, 17th overall in 2011, and 30th overall in 2010.
I drafted Zimmerman in at least two leagues last year, so I'm just as guilty of this, but why are we paying top round money for a guy that's only given top round value once in his career? Obviously '06, '07, and '10 are still pretty good years at a somewhat weak position, but a few .285 BA with 25 HR's and 90 RBI guys are usually available even past the 10th round every year.
So far it looks like people would have been better off risking drafting Mike Moustakas this year rather than drafting Zimmerman so early and that's frustrating.
I hate dropping anybody drafted in the top 7 or 8 rounds as well, but it's nearing that point... Maybe hold off until the first week after the All-Star Break and see if anything has happened by then, but if a guy makes it through an entire half of the season playing like he is right now, that's definitely droppable.
I'm mad at Zimmerman too and I don't even have him in any leagues this year. Luckily I usually went with Pablo Sandoval over him in scenarios where I drafted a 3B in that timeframe this year and even with him missing a month of the season, he's been more valuable somehow. Still, after two straight years of a broken hamate bone, I may avoid Panda next year too...
12 Team H2H, 4 unrestricted keepers
C - Mike Napoli
1B - Eric Hosmer
2B - Jedd Gyorko
3B - Todd Frazier
SS - Jhonny Peralta
OF - Ryan Braun
OF - Mike Trout
OF - Shin-Soo Choo
UTL - Brett Lawrie
UTL - Adam LaRoche
Bench - Austin Jackson
DL - Aaron Hill Hanley Ramirez
SP - Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacin, Ervin Santana
RP - Glen Perkins, Heath Bell, Jose Veras, Ernesto Fireri, Edward Mujica, Carlos Marmol, J.J. Putz
RCL - Cracking the WHIP - Admiral Trey
C - Yadier Molina
1B - Albert Pujols
2B - Jose Altuve
3B - Jedd Gyorko
SS - Jimmy Rollins
MI - Everth Cabrera
CI - Justin Morneau
OF - Jason Heyward, Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Morse, Nick Swisher, Ben Revere
UTL - Kendrys Morales
Bench - Garrett Jones, David Freese
SP - Justin Verlander, Cliff Lee, Ryan Dempster, Ubaldo Jimenez
RP - Jonathan Papelbon, John Axford, Glen Perkins, Ryan Cook, David Robertson