No. 10-We are less than a week in to the 2012 season.
Are you panicking yet? No? Good, you shouldn’t be.
But there is at least one owner in your league who is already in panic mode, ready to make some knee-jerk trades.
Much like the mythical seven run homer, fantasy championships are not won in a couple of weeks in April.
Hunt out a shaky owner and propose some value deals for established players with a high likelihood of solid production over the course of the season.
No. 9-Maybe you forgot this offseason, but saves are cheap.
Closers turnover and many teams have unsettled closer issues that they will be working through for much of the season.
It’s one category.
Be patient and don’t overpay!
No. 8-Yu Darvish made his debut with the Rangers last night.
The outing was a little bumpy, but he was able to notch his first win with a five strikeout performance behind the Rangers offensive explosion.
The expectations are high and Darvish should settle in for a solid season once he works out the jitters and the offensive support won’t hurt either.
No. 7-C.J. Wilson picked right up where he left off in Texas.
An impressive 7 inning, 3 hit win behind a solid offensive performance.
He is lined up to have an impressive season where he will flirt with 20 wins and 200 strikeouts.
No. 6-Barry Zito looked impressive in his shutout win Monday over the Rockies.
I’m not buying though.
Zito only had two complete games in his previous five seasons with the Giants and his erratic pitching and low strikeouts don’t translate well in the fantasy world.
No. 5-Alfredo Aceves recovered from a couple of bad outings to pitch a perfect ninth and pick up the save as the Red Sox downed the Blue Jays.
Too much is at stake for the Sox to let the closer spot be a liability.
Mark Melancon could get some opportunities or Daniel Bard may even find himself back in the pen before this thing gets fully sorted out.
No. 4-Two saves in two outings.
The White Sox may have found their closer in Hector Santiago.
He wasn’t flawless, allowing a solo home run, but the closer job seems to be his for the time being.
No. 3-Nelson Cruz helped power the Rangers over the Mariners with three hits and four runs batted in.
Cruz has the makeup to be a top 10 fantasy outfielder if he could just manage to stay healthy.
Injuries have kept him from eclipsing 130 games in a single season.
No. 2-Ryan Braun is off to a quick start and looks to be positioned to build on that with a Tuesday matchup with the Cubs’ Paul Maholm.
Braun is a career .333 hitter with nine runs batted in against Maholm.
No. 1-Keep an eye on Rays rookie pitcher Matt Moore who makes his season debut against the powerful Tigers lineup Tuesday.
A rough outing certainly isn’t out of the question, but Moore has the stuff and makeup to anchor a MLB and fantasy pitching staff for many years to come.