With the first week of the season in the books, it’s time to look at the players who have been fantasy studs, the players who you should look at to pick up and the players you should be concerned about.
Evan Longoria – .481/5/10. Could he be headed toward an MVP season?
Miguel Cabrera – .467/3/10. It’s scary how much power Cabrera has.
Adam Lind – .400/3/12. If he is still available in your league than A. Your league is not very competitive and B. PICK HIM UP!!!
Troy Tulowitzki – .263/3/5/.440. Looks like last season was a fluke.
Roy Halladay – 2-0 3.86 era with 9 K’s in 14 IP. Nothing new from Halladay as the best pitcher in baseball continues to do his thing.
Josh Johnson – 2-0 0.57 era with 15 K’s in 15.2 IP. Might be the best pitcher on the best pitching staff in the NL East.
Aaron Harang – 1-1 0.64 era with 11 K in 14 IP. Pitched the very rare CGSO on Sunday.
Paul Maholm – 1-0 1.32 era with just 10 H in 13.2 IP. 2 starts, 2 quality starts. Only drawback is low K rate.
Reason for Concern
Cliff Lee – 0-2 9.90 era with 17 H and 10 K in 10 IP. A K per inning shows he still has his stuff but his location so far has been horrific.
Tim Lincecum – 0-1 7.56 era with 14 H, 6 BB, 10 K in 8.1 IP. What is concerning is the walks. 6 in 8.1 is not going to cut it. Like with Lee, it seems location is an issue. The 10 K’s in 8.1 IP is encouraging.
Brian Fuentes – 2 saves 12.00 era with 6 H in 3 IP. Already has blown 1 save and has looked shaky in his 2 other save opps. The Angels have other options so Fuentes might be on a short leash.
Cole Hamels – 0-1 17.18 era with 11 H in 3.2 IP. Hamels got rocked in Colorado. 260+ IP last year and elbow issues in spring training gives owners reason for concern.
Jason Motte – 0 saves 15.43 era with 7 H in 2.1 IP. Motte has had 2 save opps and has 0 saves. LaRussa has already given save opps to other relievers. Keep an eye on this situation. If Motte is not getting saves, he is not worth a roster spot.
Brandon Webb – 13.50 era and a trip to the DL. Webb visited Dr James Andrews. Never a good sign. As my friend Chad says, “Dr James Andrews = 2010.”
Jed Lowrie – .056/0/0. Lowrie is 1 for 18 so far this season. If he keeps this up, he will find himself on the bench when Lugo comes back.
Justin Upton – .000/0/0. I have no idea what Bob Melvin is trying to do to this kid? A 21 year old kid with all the talent in the world has only started 3 out of 6 games and when he does start he is batting 8th. This while Tony Clark and Eric Byrnes continue to get ab’s. Makes ZERO sense. Stick with Upton though. Either Melvin will get it or will be fired.
Potential Pick Ups
Emilio Bonifacio – .500/1/5 with 4 sb’s. The ultimate sleeper, Bonifacio tore up pitching in the first week. Look at my “Who is Emilio Bonifacio?” post for more on Bonifacio.
Adam Jones – .409/0/4 with 4 doubles and 7 runs. Tim Kurkjian loves him and that should be good enough for you to pick him up.
Nyjer Morgan – .423/0/5 with 3 sb’s and 5 runs. Juan Pierre Part 2. That means .270-.280 with 0 hr’s and 40-50 sb’s. If your league values sb’s, then Morgan is your guy.
Dexter Fowler – .385/2/3 1 sb in just 13 ab’s. I am confident in saying that Seth Smith is not the answer for the Rockies in LF. Look for the Rockies to move Spilborghs over to LF so Fowler can play in CF.
Brandon Inge – .269/4/7/.441. Inge qualifies as a catcher, which makes him a valuable player this year. If he keeps up this HR pace, he will be even more valuable.
Erik Bedard – 1-0 2.03 era with 15 K’s in 13.1 IP. My “Key” to the Mariners is off to a good start. If he can stay healthy, then he is a nice pitcher to have in any fantasy format.
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