There is an old baseball adage that fits perfectly as a reminder for impatient fantasy owners right now: Sluggers do 50 percent of their damage in 25 percent of the season. Don't bother crunching the numbers; just think about the meaning.
It is hurry up and wait time with the monster bats on your team. Don't overreact to the highs or lows. Don't sell the farm for Josh Hamilton. Don't deal Albert Pujols for a bucket of brews.
Hitting homers and driving in runs is contagious. Hot streaks can carry a slugger's numbers through the thin parts of the season. You have to wait for them, celebrate them and cope with the thin stretches.
We say this on the heels of watching Hamilton have an unforgettable week in fantasy. Carlos Beltran even hit a bunch of homers last week, picking up the slack for April's star Matt Kemp, who has cooled off considerably and is now banged up.
See how quickly things can turn?
A first-month bust candidate Jose Bautista woke up with three homers in a pair of games last week. Struggling Albert Pujols should not be far behind. Neither should Mark Teixeira. Those two are the most-traded hitters in fantasy right now.
Those giving up are doing so too soon. Big Tex is always a slow starter, as is Troy Tulowitzki. You should have known that when drafting them.
Pujols is, well, Pujols. He is not hurt. Sure, he is still trying to find himself in a new home and it can take awhile, but he is the most-traded hitter in fantasy right now -- by more than double the amount of recent deals than Big Tex (in the past two weeks on CBSSports.com).
Just remember how streaky the biggest sluggers in fantasy are. Hamilton and Beltran, while they are indeed better than most anyone projected this season, will cool off. Pujols, Big Tex, Tulo and Justin Upton will catch up.
No, they won't enjoy the monstrous week Hamilton did, but all three might perform on Hamilton's level here on out.
(An interesting side note here related to the opening note above: Of the 16 outs Hamilton recorded, 11 came the way of strikeout, tying for the fantasy high for the week. That is a serious BABIP! Hamilton's free-swinging approach during this ridiculous hot streak is probably going to lead to a slump. Interestingly, Pujols has slowed his own strikeout rate and took a walk last week. His approach makes it look like he is staying back more and preparing to pounce.)