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The Weekly Catch: Late Bloom or Gloom

After a month-and-a-half into the season, how do you feel about your team? Is your first-round pick playing up to par or have you threatened to drop or trade him out of frustration? Fantasy owners starting Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Braun are receiving what they anticipated. However, another pool of first- and second- rounders have owners covering their eyes with their performances thus far.

The Los Angeles Dodgers became frontrunners for the National League West after their monster acquisitions made in 2012 and 2013. They continue to build around Matt Kemp, who was prepared to rebound from an injury-riddled 2012. With one home run thus far, owners are scratching their head wondering if the Dodgers slugger is experiencing a power outage.

The St. Louis Cardinals are thanking their lucky stars that they did not sign their team’s former cornerstone, Albert Pujols, to an extension. Again, he is struggling to begin the season with the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols is currently batting .242 with six home runs.

Pujols is not the only Angel struggling. Josh Hamilton seemed to leave his bat in Texas as he is batting a mere .212 with five home runs and only 12 runs batted in.

With these fantasy superstars struggling, teams are forced to look elsewhere for production. Take a dive into the names below as they either need to be on your roster or targeted in a trade.

Catcher – Backup Evan Gattis was a key add early in the season while
Brian McCann recovered from a shoulder injury. The Atlanta Braves’ veteran has returned with a vengeance and is 7-for-22 with three home runs since his return. If he is not rostered, add him now!

First Base – The Houston Astros have lacked fantasy stars for a while. Although
Chris Carter may not be a fantasy stud yet, he may be worth owning. Although his average is low, he has produced nine home runs, 21 runs and 22 runs batted in and may provide value in deep leagues.

Second Base – Kelly Johnson is a Top 10 second baseman. You may not have realized this, but he may be worth owning at this shallow position. With 15 runs, five home runs, 19 runs batted in, four stolen bases and a decent average, Johnson can contribute in many categories.


Shortstop

Jean Segura was not on the fantasy radar this year as a sleeper. Milwaukee’s shortstop in on a torrid pace ranking near the top at his position with 21 runs, seven home runs, 18 runs batted in, 13 stolen bases, and an impressive .359 average. If he continues this pace, he should be a trade target.

Third Base – The Oakland Athletics are often recognized for their valuable young pitchers, but not power-hitting infielders. Third baseman
Josh Donaldson is attempting to change this impression with a productive start that includes 21 runs, five home runs, 25 runs batted in, two stolen bases and a solid average.

Outfield – Boston’s
Daniel Nava may not be receiving a full-time gig as he platoons with Jonny Gomes, but does make the most of his team. The clutch hitting outfielder already has 21 runs, five home runs and 24 runs batted in. He will be setting career highs this year offensively.

Good luck in the second half of this month.

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