– Injuries continue to bedevil owners with the advent
of the 10-man disabled list that presently has 149 players out on the
DL. This past week saw Madison Bumgarner, Miguel Cabrera, Lucas Duda,
Jhonny Peralta, Cam Bedrosian, Troy Tulowitzki, Aaron Sanchez, Josh
Donaldson, JA Happ, Howie Kendrick, Logan Forsythe and James Shields
no longer on active rosters because of various maladies. As with any
other season there are always new players or vets having a season
that warrants them being owned and started in place or injured or
Thames 1B/OF Brewers – Thames has returned
from Japan and is off to a smoking hot start batting 379 with 8
homers, 14 RBI and 20 runs scored in 18 games. Thames has clubbed
long balls in five straight games and, with an on base of 415 and
slugging average of 1.481, the video game like numbers make Thames an
absolute must add now.
Hernandez 2B Phillies – Hernandez has gotten off to a very
nice start hitting 324 with 3 dingers, scored 15 runs, driven in 8
base runners and swiped 3 bases. After such a good spring the young
Phillies’ second sacker is playing too well not to be owned.
Cozart SS Reds – Cozart, like 2016, is off to a red hot
starting batting 380 with 19 hits in 50 at bats, 7 runs scored, 9
driven in and a homer. The young Red Leg’s shortstop has hits in 8
of his last ten games and add offensive punch to your team.
Headley 3B Yankees – Headley continues his
great start to the 2017 season batting 377 with 20 base knocks in 53
at bats. The former Padre has also sent three balls yard while
driving in 6, scoring 14 runs while also swiping 3 bases making
Headley worth Chasing for your team.
Suarez 3B Reds – Suarez is another Red off to a hot start
with a batting average of 367 with 22 safeties in 60 at bats and 5
big flys for Cincinnati. The third sacker has also driven in 12 runs,
scored 14 times and swiped one base. Grab him and play him now.
Haniger OF Diamondbacks – Haniger continues
his impressive rookie campaign batting .316 with hits in 13 of his
last 14 games, including 19 hits over this span. The former Arizona
farm hand is leading Seattle in RBI with 16, along with 19 runs
scored, 4 homers and 2 stolen bases making Haniger a must own.
Dickerson OF Rays – Dickerson is having a
nice season in Tampa hitting 324 with 4 long balls to date along with
8 runners knocked in. The former Rockie is on pace for 36 homers and
makes for a nice addition to your team.
Vargas SP Royals – Vargas continues his comeback season
with just 1 earned run allowed in 20.1 innings this season for a
ridiculous ERA of 0.44 and WHIP of 0.77. The Royals southpaw has
struck out 23 batters and walked just two in 2017. With two starts
for week 4 he makes for a very nice plug and play option.
Garrett SP Reds – Garrett is off to an
impressive start to his career with just 4 earned runs spanning 19.2
innings for a sparkling ERA of 1.83 and WHIP of 0.88. The lefty has
also punched out 21 batters while walking just 3 runners. With two
starts this week he is a must own and start.
Senzatela SP Rockies – The
Colorado rookie is off to an impressive start to his career with just
6 earned runs allowed in 26 frames to date for an ERA of 2.08 and
WHIP of 0.85. The Rox righty has K’ed 17 batters while walking just
3 batters, is 3-0 and has gone 7 innings over his last three starts
and should be owned in all leagues.