Slow starters offer valuable return for relatively small investment
Key players are starting to get healthier, even if your team seems to be falling apart at the seams like the Red Sox, Phillies or a pitcher coming off a no-hitter. (One of these days, someone is going to challenge to post back-to-back no-nos and pick up where Johan Santana most recently failed.)
Shortstop Stephen Drew (ankle) homered in his rehab outing Sunday. Brian Roberts (post-concussion syndrome) looks like he might be activated Tuesday. Jered Weaver (shoulder) is tentatively slated to return next weekend. Even Troy Tulowitzki, Evan Longoria, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are making progress on their DL stints.
Waiting for those guys to return has been like watching paint dry, so let's give you some ideas on where to buy on players who are healthy but underperforming:
Owners selling because he is winless through 10 starts are making a grave mistake. One of the most traded players in fantasy right now, according to CBSSports.com, Lee is not pitching as poorly as his record indicates.
As much as fantasy owners should not overrate the wins category in the preseason, don't overrate the win-loss column during the season either. Lee is still one of the Top-10
The Phillies are going to get Utley (knees) and Ryan Howard (Achilles') back before the All-Star break. And even if Roy Halladay (shoulder) will never be the same, Lee is going to win a lot of games for the Phillies and fantasy owners here on out. Buy now, big time.
He showed some life with a pair of good games last week before a quiet finish to the weekend. This is time to take advantage and buy low.
Gonzalez is healthy and just too good to be this marginal for much longer. Then, throw in the fact the Red Sox are going to get table-setters Ellsbury and Crawford back in July, and you are talking a ton of RBI opportunities to come for A-Gone.
Heck, Gonzalez just might be the best slugger in baseball in the second half. His numbers right now -- .266-5-32-30-0 (.314-.419) -- make him more affordable than ever. Pretty soon it is going to be too late to get in on the ground floor here.
Speaking of the Red Sox getting healthy and taking off, when A-Gone gets hot, Crawford (knee), Ellsbury (shoulder) and Andrew Bailey (thumb) return, you're going to regret not having Lester on your roster. It is a great time to buy on Lester.
Or Josh Beckett.
Or Clay Buchholz.
Or Kevin Youkilis.
Or Crawford, Ellsbury and Bailey.
The Red Sox and Phillies are two of the biggest disappointments in baseball to date, mostly due to injuries. It is a good time to take advantage of their misfortune and buy low on some of their busts that have had good track records of success.
And, now, for the rest of the fantasy trends of the week ...