Just in the past week we have seen many examples of why you need to be patient as a Fantasy Baseball owner.
Take Ian Desmond for example. He was awful this early season, but just this past week he went 8-for-19, scoring seven times and hitting two home runs and five RBI. He even added three stolen bases.
Despite this great week Desmond does not move up my rankings at all, granted that is because he never dropped in my rankings to begin with. My point in all this is to prove that there is a reason we keep telling you over and over not to overreact.
However there are plenty of examples why you may need to start to worry about a player who can not seem to right the ship now that we are nearing the end of April.
I would not go as far as to outright drop anybody you thought you might heavily rely on this season, but perhaps move them to your bench to give them time to figure things out.
Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins
Yelich is off to a scorching start at the plate with a slash line of .396/.529/.587. The only thing holding him back from really having ridiculous start is the rest of the Marlins offense, yes even Giancarlo Stanton.
Obviously he won’t continue to hit at quite this pace, but I also think the Marlins offense, especially Stanton, will pick things up soon. This will lead to many more opportunities for Yelich to score, hit in more runs with Dee Gordon setting the table and his steals should still easily eclipse 20.
His season is looking like that of a major breakout and I’m starting to buy into that.
Ryan Madson, RP, Oakland Athletics
This should not surprise anybody, but he is still the biggest riser in the rankings so it is necessary to mention him.
He has essentially taken over the closer role from Sean Doolittle, who has dropped from the rankings, despite it not ever being officially announced.
Since the 16th of April, Madson has five of the six Athletic’s saves, with Doolittle getting the other. The only reason Doolittle got that save is because Madson had pitched three of the four previous games.
The job may not be Madson’s the rest of the season, but for now it is and there is little reason to think he give it up with the way he it pitching.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox
Yes, I can admit when I was wrong.
Pedroia was buried in my pre-season rankings at second base, mainly due to injury history, but also a little bit due to how much he struggled last season when he was playing.
The way Pedroia has played so far this season, it has made me rethink his overall value this season. Yes it is still very likely that he gets injured, but even if he misses a couple of weeks due to injury I still think he outperform a lot of the other second baseman.
His injury history is going to prevent him from getting too high in my rankings, at least for now, but the other thing holding him back is the fact that he is not running at all.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
Besides a three hit, two home run games this past Saturday, Tulo has been downright awful this season.
Even with that game he has hit just .179 with four home runs, six run and 10 RBI.
Something about playing with Toronto is not working for Tulo. He struggled last season in 41 games played last year there too. Unless he can show some signs of consistent good play soon, he may continue dropping down the ranks.
Billy Hamilton, OF, Cincinnati Reds
I was not a huge Billy Hamilton fan to start the season and after the start he has had my feelings on him have only gotten worse.
I realize he is lightning fast and has the potential to steal 60, even 70 bases. But, he can’t hit and I’m not really sure why the Reds are continuing to play this guy everyday.
This is proven by the fact that his batting average has gotten worse every season since his call up in 2013 and this year has started out even worse at .158. You can’t steal bases if you can’t get hit the ball.
Perhaps if he could walk some more it would help, but he has just five of those in 43 plate appearances, putting his OBP to .256.
A speedster like him should easily have a on-base percentage of over .300, just look at Dee Gordon the last three seasons. Until he can do that Hamilton will be buried in my rankings, cause as the saying goes “You can’t steal first”.
I guess at least his defense is good right?
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 16, 2016
Other Notable OF Drops: Carlos Gomez, Houston Astros (slow start after a bad 2015) and Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies (Injury)
Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland Indians
Carrasco left his start Sunday after injuring his hamstring trying to cover first base.
It did not look good as he was helped off the field and even carried by teammates down into the locker room.
The Indians immediately placed him on the 15-day DL, but this one appears to be a lot worse than your run of the mill hamstring strain.
I expect Carrasco to miss a significant amount of time so he gets moved way down my rankings.
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