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Fantasy Baseball Risers and Fallers

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Spring is in the air. The birds are chirping. The weather is warmer. Baseball is back. Life is good. Not only is real baseball back, but fantasy baseball as well. I hope you are able to enjoy your first week team performance. I am going to start my weekly Risers and Fallers article off with a bang, so here goes.

Risers

Adrian Gonzalez (1B – LAD)

I can honestly say that I still have my Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox jersey hanging in my closet right now and I am not too afraid to admit it. I really miss this guy hitting on the east coast, but he seems to be on fire on the west coast nowadays. Adrian is the first player in major league history to hit five home runs in the first three games of the year. It is an amazing feat when you are the first player to do something since how old this wonderful game is. He has one of the smoothest swings in baseball to watch. His current numbers stand at a .528 average with five home runs, nine RBIs and 10 runs. Gonzalez is on pace to hit over 250 home runs for the year, but probably not likely to happen. He could conceivably hit 30 home runs for the year, though. These numbers will make even the most common fantasy baseball guy yell, “ADDDRRIIIIAANNN!!!!”

Shane Greene (SP – DET)

Tiger fans these days are saying Max Scherzer who?! Greene has been virtually untouchable to start the season this year. I am kicking myself for not taking a chance on this guy early in the year when I had an open spot to fill. The late, great ABBA once sang, Take A Chance on Me. Those that did take a chance are being pleasantly rewarded with the type of numbers Greene is putting up thus far. This 26-year-old has yet to give up an earned run in both of his starts. His K rate thus far is kind of low with only eight strikeouts, but he is still impressive with having only yielding one walk, a WHIP of 0.50 and a BAA of .132. Greene will face the Yankees in his next start. He will look to mow down the batter (Didi Gregorius) whom he was involved in a three-way trade this winter.

Dee Gordon (2B – MIA)

Gordon seems to be fitting in quit nicely in Miami. In the past week, he is hitting .440 with seven runs, four RBIs and five steals. To be honest, I was leery about Gordon this year, but he is definitely proving me wrong. I was actually surprised the Dodgers let him go, but I feel that the long term deal of Giancarlo Stanton made the Marlins buyers in the off season. Lock up big stud. Check. Now time to get surrounding pieces to make him better, enter Dee Gordon. One of the fastest guys in the league who will certainly be able to score a ton of runs this year hitting in the top of the Marlins order. I look for him to keep this pace up.

Fallers

Jose Abreu (1B – CHW)

Credit: Dustin Nosler

Credit: Dustin Nosler

Most people picked Abreu to finish in the top 10 of fantasy players. He certainly is not looking like that thus far. In the last week, he is batting .217 with one run, one home run and one RBI. Obviously, it is too early to jump off the Abreu bus, but just something to think about is the emergence of Adam LaRoche. Now it might seem far-fetched to say that LaRoche can play first if Abreu needs to sit and relax for a bit, but it could happen. I know the White Sox organization is saying when they play interleague games coming up that they may have Abreu play 3rd base and LaRoche play 1st base. Therefore, what’s not to say having LaRoche play first for a bit longer? Now it is nice that they play in the American League, so the DH is the option and he is still Abreu, who hit 36 HRs and drove in over 100 runs in 2014. No time to panic, but I would be a little concerned. He is currently hitting .233 with two home runs, three runs and two RBIs.

Jon Lester (SP – CHC) – From a south side faller to now the north side faller. I kept Lester in one of keeper leagues and I am starting to regret it. I hope he makes me change my mind quickly. I just didn’t like the way he looked on Opening Night in his first home opener of the year. In his last start on Monday Night, he allowed six runs in six innings. He has yet to get a win for the year and currently has an ERA of 7.84. Certainly numbers you do not want from your ace this early in the season. As it gets warmer in Chicago, balls will be easier to hit out of that stadium. Hopefully he will be able to find his command by then or it is going to be a long season for the south paw with his new ball club.

If your team struggled in week one, remember it is only the beginning. As much as it is a long and tedious season for players, it is also long and tedious for a fantasy owner. Roy Campanella once said, “You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a little boy in you, too.” Make sure you keep that little boy (or girl) going all fantasy season. Have fun and good luck.

May the risers be in your favor and the fallers on your opponents’ team!

About Tyler Gettmann

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