Now there can be a lot of overacting in the first few games of a new season, guys jumping at someone for a huge first game or wanting to cut some of their sleepers cause they are off to a 0-for-10 start. If you really like someone heading into the season, why give up right away to jump on someone else’s boat? Now I am huge believer in drafting lots of hitting. In most drafts, I always take at least four hitters before I take my first pitcher. I know it might not be the greatest thing to do, but it works for me. Then I always try to find some solid starters in the middle and late rounds to put together the best staff I can. Here are some of the guys I think can help this year who may still be out there in your leagues.
Lucas Harrell, Houston Astros
In the second half of last season, he put up a 2.87 ERA and 7.4 K/9 rate. Now I have read a lot of things saying that it was a fluke and not to believe those numbers, but I thought he looked pretty good against a tough Rangers team on Tuesday, giving up one run in six innings. I know he plays for a awful team and therefore won’t get runs, but I actually have him rostered in two leagues. I would at least keep a eye on him in most leagues.
Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
I actually haven’t had any luck landing Iwakuma on any of my teams, but I would love to have him. His 2.19 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in his final 12 starts last year were fantastic, and I bet a lot of people don’t even know him. He was solid in his opening start too, so his ownership is on the rise.
Paul Maholm, Atlanta Braves
“He will never be an elite option or anything, but he gives fantasy owners a little of everything.” Just saw that line on him — it’s so true. Hes always been an okay pitcher, and on the Braves, you know the wins will be there. Why not take a chance? He’s off to a great start this year, too.
Kevin Slowey, Miami Marlins
His name fits him well after watching him pitch on Wednesday. His curveball looks like it’s about 50 mph, but he was getting guys out. Upon looking at his career in Minnesota, he won double digit games three times, and while is ERA was 3.99 and 4.46 in this two best years, his WHIP was better at 1.15 and 1.29. He pitched in the American League back then; now he’s pitching for the lowly Marlins. Big deal, right? Well, Marlins Park is huge and will be empty, so Slowey has plenty of room to give up his fly balls and no pressure to perform in front of anyone. He’s worth a look.
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