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Fantasy Baseball: In The Batter’s Box

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By: Joe Bond

Another week of baseball is in the books, and what a year it has been so far.  Some players are off to blazing hot starts like Justin Upton who is on a complete tear to start the season, leading the league in home runs with 9.  He is proving lots of people right this year who predicted a big year for the new Brave and rewarding those who took him early in drafts.  Other stars like Matt Kemp are off to bad starts and their owners worry.  It’s too early to give up on your stars, but there are some players on your team worth dropping for players that are off to great starts, and that is what we are going to discuss in this article.  Now off to what you came here for.

Adds
Chris Johnson  (1B/3B – Atl) – Johnson has taken full advantage of Freddie Freeman being on the DL by batting .560 with 2 home runs, 5 runs and 6 RBI in the last week.  Freeman is set to return on Monday, and that could put Johnson right back into a timeshare with Juan Francisco at third base, but the Braves would be fools to not give him the majority, if not all the starts, at third.  I think he is worth an add, but don’t hesitate to drop him immediately if he starts sitting every other game because of the timeshare.



Chris Carter (1B – Hou) – The batting average could be better, but you can’t argue with the power Carter has shown early on.  Even in a bad Astros lineup, he has put up respectable numbers with 4 home runs, 9 RBI and 8 runs.  There are rumors that he could lose his starting job once Fernando Martinez returns, but I think it will be hard for the Astros to take his bat out of the lineup.

Brandon Crawford (SS – SF) – He has gotten off to a ridiculous start, and is currently owns an 11-game hit streak.  His batting average is all the way up to .352 on the year with 12 runs, 7 RBI and a surprising 3 home runs.  Considering he only hit 4 home runs all of last season, I doubt this power will continue, but I would ride the hot hand if you need help at shortstop.

Zack Cozart (SS – Cin) – Cozart has done quite well since moving into the second spot in the Reds lineup about a week ago, batting .385 with 2 home runs, 5 RBI and 7 runs.  This run is not likely to continue, but Cozart has been known to get on hot streaks before and while on them he is a very useful fantasy player, so take advantage of it while you can.

Drops
Ichiro Suzuki (OF – NYY) – Despite all the injuries the Yankees have, they are actually making it work, but Ichiro is just not getting it done.  He is batting .190 on the year with no stolen bases, and those are the two stats that made Ichiro worth owning in the past years.  We saw a decline in his average the last two seasons, but a resurgence after the trade to the Yankees last year gave everybody hope he could return to his former self.  Now that he has started the season off this way, I would drop him and make him somebody else’s problem.

J.J. Hardy (SS – Bal) –  With guys like Cozart and Crawford hitting the way they are at the shortstop position, its hard to keep Hardy, who is batting just .193 on the year.  Yes, he has power, but with his a batting average slipping yet another year in a row, you just can’t hang onto him, unless you are in a really deep league.

Pedro Alvarez (3B – Pit) – Pedro Alvarez is a very streaky hitter, but he is clearly not on one of those hot streaks right now, batting a horrible .104 with 3 RBI and a home run right on the season.  Now he just hit that home run last night, so maybe this is the start of one of those hot streaks, but I wouldn’t want to own him to hope it is, and then have to deal with his horrible batting average.

Asdrubal Cabrera (SS – Cle) – A monster 2011 season got Cabrera on the fantasy baseball map, but in my opinion it has made him a bit overrated, and the start he is having this year is proving me right.  Currently batting an abysmal .127 with 3 RBI, 2 home runs and 6 runs right now, is making me really consider putting him on my must drop list, but he does have too much potential to drop right now.  I’d hang onto him for now and hope he can turn it around, or if you can somehow trade him and get any reasonable value in return for him, then I’d do that.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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