Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep” tore up the music charts last year as the No. 1 song and even earned several Grammy awards. In the Fantasy Sports Trade Association Experts’ league, my team’s “depth” is also rolling! Much of last week, the Sharks team held onto to the top spot with generous production from both the offense and defense. Unfortunately, the team fell several slots after Adam Wainwright and Daniel Hudson were rocked along with a mini offensive slump. As I write this article, Roy Halladay just recorded his third win and has catapulted my team back into the top spot.
My first pick off the draft board was Jose Bautista. Currently, Bautista has is the lowest ranked batter on my team. Are you also waiting for your fantasy studs to take off and escape their funk? Hopefully you also have roster depth keeping your team competitive each week. Check out the players that have been on a torrid pace out of the gate along with my late bloomers.
Jose Bautista – After homering in the first game of the year, Bautista is yet to have another multi-hit game and is hovering just better than .200. According to manager John Farrell, his slugger’s timing is off. At this point, it is not worth getting overly alarmed. Stay optimistic as Toronto battles Tampa Bay at home and then travels to Kansas City, which will hopefully spawn the end of this slump.
Nelson Cruz – Injuries were the major concern for owners drafting Cruz. With Texas playing well and no injuries to report, Cruz would seemingly be crushing the ball. Instead he is hitting a feeble .211 with one home run, two runs scored, and four runs batted in. With a road trip in Boston and Detroit, this slump may end more gradual, but count your blessings that he is not injured.
Rickie Weeks – Weeks is batting under the Mendoza line and is tied for the league lead in strikeouts. Also, he has not attempted to steal a base. His slow start is concerning since he appears to be healthy and began 2011 hitting very well. Hopefully this upcoming homestand against Los Angeles and Colorado will burn off the rust, especially since the Brewers will not have to face Clayton Kershaw.
Josh Willingham – Minnesota may be struggling mightily, but not newest Twins outfielder Josh Willingham. He is currently batting .389 and already gone yard four times. In fact, he was the only Twin with a home run until a few days ago when both Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau finally found their power stroke. He will cool down, but is definitely rewarding owners early, which is amazing as my 21st-round pick!
Derek Jeter – Jeter’s down season in 2011 did not result in many experts picking him for a rebound, especially as he will turn 37 in a few months. With only six home runs last season, Jeter has already hit three and is batting .378 with three home runs. Hitting leadoff for the offensive powerhouse New York Yankees will keep his numbers up even if he begins to slow down.
Chris Young – Matt Kemp may receive all of the attention, but Young’s start has been nearly identical with five home runs, 13 runs batted in, two stolen bases, and a .405 average. Young’s batting stance adjustment from spring appears to be paying off early and will hopefully provide a Curtis Granderson-like dividends as Granderson’s tweak led to a career season in 2011. Young is definitely exceeding expectations as I drafted him in Round 10.
Good luck this week. Keep an eye on some of the key closer situations still developing, as I am.
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