As we open another week of fantasy baseball, we close a door on the month of April. The first month of the year has been stellar to watch, with some new faces and non-household names making their cases early on. Players like Dexter Fowler, that has never hit over 13 HRs (last season), is on pace to break 30 without a sweat (8 in 25 games). John Buck is definitely the most noteworthy catcher so far this year as he has already crushed 9 HRs to go along with 25 RBIs in the early going. At the tender ago of 33, Coco Crisp is making the A's a fearful team this year as he is also on route to his best HR and RBI totals for his career, making him a definite 25/25 candidate this year, if he can manage to stay healthy. Matt Harvey and Yu Darvish are the early season favourites to take home their respective Cy Young awards. Both posting stellar ERAs and WHIP total, while Tampa Bay's Matt Moore and Boston's Clay Buchholz are definitely in the mix. Hisashi Iwakuma has been the early season surprise as far as pitching goes as he is holding down an impressive line that is highlighted by a 1.67 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and a 7.40 K/BB ratio.
With a season as long as the MLB, early season favourites can turn in to mid season drops if their game doesn't have the consistency. I will once again highlight some players that you should take a look at adding, or maybe just to keep an eye out for this week. Who knows, these early season adds could take you from the bottom, to fighting for a playoff spot come August.
C- Russell Martin (PIT)- Martin was mentioned last week in my blog, but I questioned if he could continue his recent tear. He is appearing on this list once again simply because he is having a renaissance in PIT this spring. With a 2 HR game this passed Sunday, he looks to be an early season All-Star candidate at catcher.
C/1B/3B- Jordan Pacheco (COL)- Pacheco is starting to gain some believers lately after a strong start. He has 8 hits in his last 4 games and continues to get consistent playing time. His tri-position eligibility is huge.
1B/OF- Garrett Jones (PIT)- With HRs in back to back games, Jones is looking like the real deal after 27 HRs and 86 RBIs last season.
1B- Brandon Belt (SF)- Belt was supposed to be a break out candidate coming in to last season, but disappointed fantasy owners alike. His recent week surge has brought his batting average to a respectable .244 as he has also cranked 2 HRs.
2B- Omar Infante (DET)- Infante has raised his average to a nice .304 with his recent hot streak the passed few games. He isn't your power hitter but he has sneaky speed, with 7/8 triple in the passed 2 years.
1B/2B/3B- Yuniesky Betancourt (MIL)- Betancourt has been steadily rising his stock as he has raised his batting average to .286, while he has 11 RBIs in the passed 7 games. His stock will only continue to rise so grab him before he's gone!
3B- Josh Donaldson (OAK)- Speaking of hot streaks, Donaldson is on fire. With 12 RBIs in the last 8 games, his batting average is now sitting at a stellar .327. He's a must add if you can get him!
3B- Nolan Arenado (COL)- The must-add of the week. This rookie was spotted as an early season ROY favorite, even with him starting his season playing AAA ball. Arenado already has 3 hits in his 9 at bats, and the Rockies aren't afraid to play him day-in day-out. If he can flash some success, he should be a fixture for the Rockies.
SS- Brandon Crawford (SF)- He could very well be owned in your league already as Crawford has been impressive in the first month. Five doubles, five HRs and 14 RBIs will get you that kind of recognition.
OF- Nate McLouth (BAL)- His power and speed is enough to value a pick up, but with his kind of production with a decent proven past, he is turning in to an everyday starter on your fantasy team. Owned in just over half all Yahoo! leagues, he could still be on the waiver wire in yours, go check!
OF- Oswaldo Arcia (MIN)- Where's (os)Waldo? He is my deep pick up of the week. I've got a great feeling about this young stud. He will be turning 22 this year, and has shown considerable power in the Minors. I would strongly advise you watch him and pick him up if you are in a deep league.
SP- Kevin Correia (MIN)- He is 5/5 for quality starts this season, with a 3-1 record. He isn't going to over power hitters with his 'stuff', but for a fantasy manager, he will do the job. He only has 15 Ks through 36.1 innings, but his 1.07 WHIP is what is intriguing. I would definitely advise a pick up.
SP- Kyle Kendrick (PHI)- With all of the big names headlining the Phillies rotation, Kendrick's name usually doesn't get much attention. This season is looking to be a little different. The Phillies top names are showing inconsistencies, while Kendrick is holding down his own at the end of the rotation. He was an 11 game winner last season, and is having a very underrated start. He will get the job done and will only improve, he is entering his prime.
SP- Justin Grimm (TEX)- Talk about young pitching. Grimm is making a name for himself after just 3 starts this season. His 1.59 ERA and 1.18 WHIP are nothing to shake a stick at, while 15 Ks in 17 innings are impressive. He is a waiver wire gem waiting to happen!
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