SP Jason Hammel, Baltimore
Hammel has begun the 2012 season on an absolute tear, allowing just five earned runs in four starts. He has 25 strikeouts in 26 innings and is 3-0. Obviously he won’t keep this pace up for the whole season and he doesn’t exactly have the most potent offense supporting him, but the fact that he’s only owned in about 28 percent of fantasy leagues is an outrage. Pick this man up immediately.
2B Jose Altuve, Houston
This guy has come out of nowhere and is ranked as the No. 3 second baseman right now. Altuve is hitting .377 with 12 runs scored and four stolen bases. He doesn’t provide much power, although his eight RBI are certainly solid for his position. He has eight hits in his last three games, so this week may be your last crack at adding him to your squad as he’s still available in about 30 percent of leagues.
RP Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
It’s just a matter of time before Jansen becomes the closer for Los Angeles. Javy Guerra has blown two straight saves and Jansen has been racking up the holds and strikeouts. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 6.2 innings pitched and has nine strikeouts in that span. Other than two appearances where he allowed two runs each, he has been unhittable. Store him on your roster because he has the stuff to be a dominant force in the closer role.
1B Bryan LaHair, Chicago Cubs
The rookie first basemen looks like he’s going to be a mainstay with the campaign he’s putting together. LaHair is hitting .364 with four home runs and 11 RBI and has homered in his last two games. This doesn’t look like just a hot start from a rookie because he hit for average and power in the minors the last three seasons, so pick LaHair up if you need corner infield help. He’s still available in more than 55 percent of leagues.
OF Cody Ross, Boston
With news breaking that Carl Crawford is going to miss at least the next three months and the fact that Jacoby Ellsbury is already on the Disabled List, Ross is going to see plenty of action. He has been starting in centerfield over the last 10 games and has taken full advantage of being an everyday player. Ross has never hit for a high average, but still should be around .250-.260, which is good considering the power he has. He’s already smashed five home runs and has driven in 15 runs and has three home runs in his last four games.