We’re cruising now as we are more than half way through April. Your leagues standing should start to level out now and you will be able to see which categories you need search for on the waiver wire. Last week’s recommendations turned out pretty well. Willingham scored seven runs last week while picking up one HR and one SB. Pierre hit over .300 and stole three bases. Davis threw five strong innings striking out four while giving up one earned run. Snyder really did nothing but I have confidence his bat will make an impact while he gets AB. I was all ready to write about Brad Penny and Ty Wigginton but they both were added too much and now don’t qualify. Instead, this week I’d like to look at two young CF for mixed leagues and two players gets starts due to injuries for AL/NL only leagues.
Standard Mixed Leagues
Cameron Maybin, OF, FL
|Owned % Yahoo 33 ESPN 22 CBS 62|
For a long time Maybin was a big prospect and everyone kept waiting for him to break out. Well it is still early but it looks like Maybin has started to quiet some of his doubters. So far he is hitting .309 with 13 R scored and three SB. Earlier this week he got bumped up the order to the leadoff spot. Given a full season hitting leadoff I’d expect 20 SB, 10 HR and 100 R from Maybin.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET
|Owned % Yahoo 27 ESPN 25 CBS 55|
Very similar to Maybin, Jackson is a CF hitting leadoff with decent speed and a little bit of pop. He’s hitting .333 for the young season with two SB. I wouldn’t expect 10+ HR but Jackson can steal 25+ bases. You might remember Jackson was part of the Granderson trade with the Yankees and has no real competition for the CF job. He’s got a golden opportunity to stick and help your fantasy team with R and SB.
Jeremy Hermida, OF, BOS
|Owned % Yahoo 2 ESPN 1 CBS 9|
Remember Hermida? I’m sure some of you would like to forget. Prospect, sleeper, post-hype sleeper and Hermida has yet to live up to some lofty expectations. With Cameron and Ellsbury on the DL Hermida will see lots of AB. He’s shown some early power with two HR and a .500 SLG% in 33 PA. He’s got the talent and now he has the opportunity. I’d add Hermida and see if he can make good.
Eugino Velez, 2B, OF, SF
|Owned % Yahoo 6 ESPN 3 CBS 13|
Another injury, another opportunity. With Rowand out, Velez’s playing time should see a nice bump. Velez has two things going from him fantasy-wise. One he has 2B eligibility and two he is crazy fast. He’s got two HR in only 9 games so far which seems like an anomaly but I’d take advantage while his bat is hot. Add him now before his steals start popping up in the boxscores and you will have a steal of your own.
That’s week three. Drop a comment and let me know what you think. I’ll be back next week to review and offer up four new pickups. Until that time keep watching that wavier wire!
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