frigid spring weather has started to dissipate and warmer weather
means warmer offenses. This week’s list
is chalk full of players who have found their groove and are now
producing stats expected of them for 2017. And with any baseball
season there are going to be pitchers that surprise and you need to
Hosmer 1B Royals – Hosmer got off to a
brutal start to 2017 but has been on an 18 for 40 tear that has his
average near 290. The KC first sacker has also hit two long balls
along with 8 runs scored, 8 driven in. The ‘Hos’ sits at 14 RBI
for the season with 3 long balls and two stolen bases and should be
owned in all leagues.
Alonso 1B A’s – Alonso
has already set his career high in long balls with 11 and is also
batting 303 with 27 RBI. The former Red is to the point that anything
else he does is gravy for those owners who have snagged him.
Baez 2B/SS/3B Cubs – Baez
got off to a very slow start but has picked it up since the calendar
flipped to May with 14 hits in 10 games. The Cub’s second sacker
has jacked 4 home runs, driven in 9 runs, scored 8 times and swiped
two sacks making Baez worth owing and using going forward.
Hicks OF Yankees – Hicks
has been a very unanticipated offensive source both for the Yankees
and fantasy owners. The former Twin is batting 333 with 6 homers, 16
RBI, 22 runs scored and 6 stolen bases making Hicks and five category
player that can help all fantasy teams.
Broxton OF Brewers – Broxton is
another player who got off to a horrid start but has found his rhythm
of late with hits in nine of his last ten games. The young Brewer
outfielder has gone 14 for his last 37 along with 8 runs scored, 2
long balls, 6 runners knocked in and 3 stolen bases. Broxton is now
batting 265 with 19 runs scored, 9 swiped sacks, 3 dingers and 9 RBI
for 2017 and makes for a nice injury replacement.
Altherr OF Phillies – Altherr
is having a very good year to date that is going by largely
unnoticed. The 26-year-old outfielder is hitting 351 with 7 home
runs, 21 RBI, 19 runs scored and 3 stolen bases for the Phils.
Griffin RP/SP Rangers – Griffin is off
to an excellent start for the Rangers with just 8 earned runs allowed
in 29.1 innings for a sparkling ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 0.88. The
former Athletic is 4-0 with 27 punch outs in 29 frames this season
and his last outing was a complete game white washing of the Friars
in San Diego. He deserves to be owned in all leagues.
Senzatela SP Rockies – Senzatela is
having an impressive rookie campaign with a 5-1 record, ERA of 2.86
and WHIP of 1.07 for the Rockies. The freshman righty isn’t a big
source of Ks but he has quality starts in 5 of his 7 trips to mound.
Wheeler SP Mets – Wheeler is beginning
to show signs of consistency and improvement in his first season post
Tommy John surgery. His last outing was his best going six innings
and allowing just 1 earned run. Though his walk totals are still
problematic Wheeler is worth owning especially this week with two
Cahill RP/SP Padres – Cahill has
reinvented himself relying more upon his curve ball with better than
expected results for the Padres. Cahill has thrown scoreless outings
his last two trips to the bump and has K’ed 44 batters in 35.1
innings this season. Cahill’s hook is giving hitters fits and with
an ERA of 3.06 and WHIP of 1.16 with 23 punch outs over his last 17
innings, he is worth using in the near term.