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Friday, April 8, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRENDING UP/DOWN

The first week of the 2016 fantasy baseball season is almost over and already we have some names that are moving up and down firmly among the various position rankings.  Let's take a look at some of these cases.

Trending Up

Starlin Castro:  Already Castro looks like a great fit in New York with the Yankees as he is absolutely scorching the baseball with an average north of .500 and with 2 home runs.  Batting eighth is a bit of a bummer but either way Castro is killing it as he is making good on our hype for him for 2016.

Jean Segura:  Like with Starlin Castro, Jean Segura got a much-needed fresh start in Arizona where he has hit three home runs already, stole a base, and sprayed the baseball all over the field leadoff for the squad.  Yes it has been awhile since Segura's big 2013 first half but the guy has precious shortstop eligibility and is locked in right now. 

Robinson Cano:  Lots of middle infielders are off to monster starts and that includes former first round darling Robinson Cano who already has four bombs.  What could be happening here is that opposing pitchers fear Nelson Cruz more and Cano is thus getting better pitches to hit.  Either way this is a continuation from the .331 second half of 2015 as Cano showed he is not toast yet.

Trevor Story:  Four home runs coming off a monster spring is all you need to know from the newest sensation in fantasy baseball.  The guy will be a batting average liability soon enough due to a high K rate and really anyone who owns Story should be selling high right now as pitchers will adjust.

Steven Souza Jr.:  Souza is showing the big power he put up in limited time in 2015 but keep in mind his K rate straddles the 30 percent line which is disgusting and will result in barely a .250 average.  Still Souza can also pick up some steals so he helps make up for the average ugliness. 

Juan Nicasio:  Threw a 2-hitter in his first start of the season which continued a dominant spring where he whiffed 24 batters in only 15 innings.  Getting out of Colorado finally allowing Nicasio to clear his head? 

D.J. LeMathieu:  Already has two home runs and is batting leadoff in Colorado.  Oh and he is a second baseman.  Enough said. 

Kenta Maeda:  Always interesting to see the first start of any Japanese pitching import and Maeda was terrific in completely dominating the San Francisco Giants in tossing six shutout innings with four whiffs.  Maeda has impeccable control and the stuff to be a very good SP 2 this season. 

TRENDING DOWN

Shawn Tolleson:  Already there are calls about Tolleson losing his closer role with the Texas Rangers after he was obliterated to the tune of five earned runs in 0 IP to blow his second save chance and then gave up a game-winning hit to Albert Pujols who was the only batter he faced Thursday.  Keone Kela could be next in line.

Adam Wainwright:  Was not impressed with the first start of the season for Wainwright as he is still lacking top velocity and he is more hittable than ever.  If you are owning stock in Wainwright, you are a year too late in moving away from him. 

 

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