Fantasy Baseball Update 4/9/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
April 9, 2014
Now that we’ve got over a week and a half of MLB action under our belts, we’re starting to see some early trends emerging in fantasy baseball. Some players have exceeded expectations to start the year, and some have had frustratingly brutal beginnings. Here’s a look at both sides of the coin, and where the guys could possibly be headed in the future.
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Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies: Gonzalez got the night off last night, and boy does that guy deserve it. So far he’s hitting .355 (11-for-31) with eight runs, two doubles, a triple, three homers, nine RBI and a pair of steals. That kind of across-the-board production is what made him a top-end draft pick, he should be among the heaviest producers by season’s end.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays: Longoria is also off to a pretty hot start this season. Entering play last night, he was hitting .414, with five runs, three doubles, a homer and four RBI. His 0-for-4 outing against KC does nothing do diminish what has been a stellar run so far, which should continue throughout the season.
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals: We’re pretty big Perez backers around here, and so far he’s been making us look very smart. Before last night’s game, he had a .444 average, three runs, four doubles, two RBI and a steal on the season. He logged another pair of hits against Tampa Bay to keep his run going.
Albert Pujols, 1B, Los Angeles Angels: We--and lots of other fantasy owners--figured Pujols would see a huge bump in stats this season now that he’s healthy, but so far that hasn’t happened. He did aid his cause with a homer and a pair of RBI yesterday, however, so maybe this is a sign of things to come. We’re still pretty confident he’ll outperform his lowered draft position.
Billy Hamilton, OF, Cincinnati Reds: Hamilton finally broke loose last night (1-for-5), but it’s certainly taken him a while to get going. Prior to yesterday, he was hitting just .059 (1-for-17) and hadn’t been able to showcase that already legendary speed just yet. He still has no swipes. Things should get better, obviously, but it’s not a good start for all those lofty steals predictions.
Jason Castro, C, Houston Astros: The big-swinging Castro is known as a solid source of power behind the plate, which is difficult to find in fantasy. Thus far in the season, however, he’s been a BA liability. Entering play last night, he had just two hits (one being a home run) and a .125 average. He didn’t help matters with an 0-for-4 outing. We imagine he’ll be fine in the power categories by year’s end, but he’ll have some bumps and bruises along the way.
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