We’re a couple of weeks into the season and you’re either loving your players’ hot start or wondering why you ever drafted them. Take a deep breath. There’s always room to improve your team, but you have to stick it out with your studs. You drafted them for a reason and they didn’t suddenly forget how to play baseball. Remember why you liked the top guys and trust that their talent will win out in the end. So don’t panic, just keep an eye on who’s rolling around on your waiver wire. Not every hot start is the real deal but some guys are worth taking a shot on over the last player on your bench to see if there’s a breakout on the horizon. There could be some gems like this just out there for the taking…
Thairo Estrada has an everyday role and that means points points points. The organization has high hopes for him and feels he can be an All-Star. Now maybe that’s just coach speak but it sounds like they’ll give him the opportunity to shine at least until Tommy La Stella and Evan Longoria return from injury. La Stella has been “close” to a return for a couple of weeks now while Longo doesn’t have a timetable to return. I suspect both have a rehab stint in their futures before rejoining the big league club. As it stands, both are eligible to come off the IL at the end of April so Estrada has even more time to force his way into an everyday role. He can play multiple infield positions so he could pick up some bonus eligibility. There could be something here if he continues to see regular at bats once the Giants get back to full strength, but in the meantime, he can be a solid short-term add if your squad is dealing with injury issues of its own.
Brandon Belt is on one of his classic power binges that give you hope he can blast 30+. He almost made it last season but that was his career-high by quite a bit. Still, he has 4 bombs in 38 at bats this season and that’s not nothing. Even when the power goes through a valley he still knows how to take a walk and that’s just as good as a hit in points leagues. Look at him, he is the captain now.
Jesus Sanchez feels a little forgotten despite the show he’s been putting on at the plate. Is it because he’s a Marlin? Don’t let that make you forget about him. There’s real power potential here and even if all of those are solo shots he’ll still be piling up the points. He strikes out a little too often, but he’s managed to cut that down in the early going and that’s something you can live with in a guy with 40 bomb upside.
Myles Straw has been front and center for what has been, to me at least, a surprising offensive explosion in Cleveland. He’s hot hot hot and I want in on that action. He’s a speed first guy, which is sexy, but not necessarily valuable for points leagues. What is valuable are the runs and hits he’s been racking up. He’s also been unafraid to take a walk. If you’re looking for outfield depth or an injury replacement, you could do a lot worse than taking a slurp of the straw.
Jurickson Profar started hot, and folks, he’s still pretty hot. He’s not hitting for average, but we don’t care because he’s flashing that sweet, sweet power with a trio of big flies. We’ve seen him smash 20 a couple times, but that’s not the flex it used to be. However you slice it, he’s finding ways to score points. As long as his bat is a regular in the Dad’s lineup he can be a fantasy asset.
Brandon Marsh should be on the poster for early season over reactions. He didn’t get a hit on Opening Day and everyone lost their minds. Ok, maybe it wasn’t that crazy but he’s got talent that you don’t quit on after a bad game or two. He has a pair of doubles, a bomb, a steal, and five runs. That’s a solid start to the season, no matter how you slice it.
Luis Arraez or Steven Kwan if he didn’t bat second if you believe fantasy baseball Twitter. Sadly, Arraez bats ninth and that’s not really helping his numbers. In spite of this, he’s still capable of batting over .300 (he has a .313 average for his career) and that’s nice, real nice. The power and speed are, shall we say, lacking. But he can slot in 3B, 2B, or OF. That’s some nice flexibility, like Gumby. I don’t see him as a league winner but he’s a great depth piece to fill out your roster.
Joc Pederson is flashing his power and his sweet fanny pack. If they weren’t all solo shots he would find himself a good bit higher up on the leader board. The RBIs will come, it’s only a matter of time since the Giants seem to have once again cobbled together an above average offense. Knowing Kapler (no, not personally) we could be looking at some platoon action so he’s a better add in daily leagues.
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