There is a belief in baseball that you know what kind of team you have by Memorial Day. The weekly fluctuations have sorted themselves out, injuries and slumps have been absorbed and the standings on Memorial Day roughly reflect reality.
This means if you are not in a real position to contend in your fantasy league, it is time to make an aggressive move. Don't confuse aggressive with stupid, however.
The trick is how you do this. Here are a few ways to try:
Early-round picks earned their premium draft-day selection for myriad reasons. Those same reasons are why you want a healthy yet slumping star on your roster from here on out. Here are some 2013 early-round picks who are bound to get hot in the coming weeks:
? OF Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers ? OF Josh Hamilton, L.A. Angels of Anaheim ? SP David Price, Tampa Bay Rays ? OF Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics ? SP Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies ? SP Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
Some of your hot-starting pitchers look like world-beaters right now. But fast-starting pitchers, particularly young ones, notoriously slow down in the second half.
If you have the following guys, try trading one to get one of the hitters above.
? SP Matt Harvey, New York Mets ? SP Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals ? SP Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks ? RP Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates ? SP Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox
If you are wary of giving up anything in a swap, it's time to go picking through the trash. One of the least dangerous ways to do this is to take a chance on an injured player. There are some prominent players currently on the disabled list who can give you a shot in the arm once they return.
? SP Brandon Beachy (elbow), Atlanta Braves ? C Yasmani Grandal (suspension), San Diego Padres ? SP Daniel Hudson (elbow), Arizona Diamondbacks ? SP Michael Pineda (shoulder), New York Yankees ? OF Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring), Miami Marlins ? SP Jered Weaver (elbow), L.A. Angels of Anaheim ? SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring), Los Angeles Dodgers ? 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist), New York Yankees
A lot of these moves look a little desperate right now, but how far are you from the top of your standings? If the answer is "far," you have nothing to lose.
Now for the rest of the SI.com's fantasy baseball Weekly Planner:
Player Of The Week
Player Of The Weak
With Chris Carpenter (shoulder) recently slowed down in his throwing program, Jaime Garcia (shoulder) out for the season and Jake Westbrook (shoulder) needing another opinion from Dr. James Andrews, who rarely delivers good news, Wacha is getting a huge opportunity. Take a chance on him in any fantasy league in which you need an arm. He will be slowed down once he passes a total of 150 innings in his first season as a pro, but his high ceiling makes him a potential impact starting pitcher immediately.
Tout Wars Moves
1. C Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians 2. C Jason Castro, Houston Astros 3. C Erik Kratz, Philadelphia Phillies
My Daily Lineup
If you play in those daily fantasy leagues, here are the players by position that yours truly will be going with for Monday's games. If you want to challenge me, hit me up on Twitter @EricMackFantasy: