No. 10 – For all of you who sat on a shortstop and drafted Derek Jeter after the tenth round congratulations because it looks like this start of his is for real. The Yankee captain is ranked third overall in all of fantasy right now and is sporting an insane .416 average through 17 games.
No. 9 – Has Jake Peavy returned to his form as a dominant pitcher this season? It’s still hard to say, but no one is complaining about how his 2012 campaign has begun. Peavy is 3-0 with a sub 2.00 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. He has 26 strikeouts in 28.2 innings and is coming off a complete game shutout of the Athletics. Right now he looks unstoppable.
No. 8 – After a rough first start, Yu Darvish has settled in nicely and is pitching like the ace the Rangers were hoping to get. Darvish is still having some control problems as he’s walked 15 batters in his four starts, but he’s still striking out just about one batter per inning. In his last three starts, Darvish has allowed just two earned runs total, including 8.1 innings of shutout, 10 strikeout ball against the Yankees on Tuesday night.
No. 7 – Carl Crawford owners just received some possible horrible news yesterday. It seems that his elbow soreness won’t go away and will now be visiting Dr. James Andrews at some point this week. That is never a good thing so I’m sure anyone who drafted Crawford early are now worried he may be lost for longer than the few weeks he was supposed to miss.
No. 6 – The Nationals did have a time share at closer while Drew Storen is on the shelf, but it looks like Henry Rodriguez is starting to take over all the save opportunities. The flame thrower has converted four straight save chances and is yet to allow a run in 8.1 innings of work.
No. 5 – I’m still not sold on Bartolo Colon. He’s been lights out in four of his five starts, but I don’t see him keeping this pace up. He’s pitched against the Mariners in three of his five starts and his offense isn’t exactly potent so tread carefully and sell high while you still can.
No. 4 – While Derek Jeter owners are feeling the love, the same can’t be said for Michael Pineda owners. News just broke that he will be getting a second opinion on the MRI that was just done for his sore shoulder. One has to wonder if he will even make his Yankee debut at all this season.
No. 3 – The talk of the week has been White Sox pitcher Philip Humber and his perfect game. Yes he was unhittable over the weekend, but I don’t see any reason to pick him up. He’s one of those guys who will pitch a great game followed by a horrible one. Stay away from him against Boston.
No. 2 – Aside from getting knocked around in his second start of the season, Vance Worley has been quite the surprise for the Phillies and fantasy owners. He went seven shutout innings with 11 strikeouts against the Padres then followed that up with six strong innings allowing one run. Still available in about 25% of leagues so try and snag him.
No. 1 – Keep an eye on Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly. He got a late start due to a neck injury, but has been solid so far, allowing just one run total in his first two starts. You know he’s going to get plenty of run support on most starts with the offense that Los Angeles has so grab him if he’s still out there.