There's no better time than the present to sell high on hot-start players for adequate return.
Once the MLB hits midseason, there tends to be a steep drop in hot streaks that propel players to the top of the rankings. That's why early in the season is one of the best times to shop "sell high" players.
The following is a list covering a "sell high" candidate at each position.
Good luck in all your fantasy endeavors, and if you have some of these players, good trading.
2012 Stats: .340/.382/.640, 6 R, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 0 SB
Even at 35, a high average doesn't seem out of the reach of Pierzynski. He's a lifetime .285 hitter. What really seems absurd is the home runs. He had eight total bombs in 2011, and is currently on pace for 38.
If someone in your league needs a backstop, try to get them to bite on Pierzynski's power.
2012 Stats: .246/.361/.541, 9 R, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 0 SB
After his hot weekend, fantasy owners are starting to look at Adam Dunn once again. Don't give in to the Big Donkey's charms.
Dunn may be rediscovering his power swing, but he's still hitting under .246. It's pretty hard to ignore those 27 Ks, a pace that will have him end the season over 250. Ditch Dunn while he's once again garnering looks.
2012 Stats: .295/.311/.705, 9 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 0 SB
After a blazing start, Infante is finally coming back to Earth. His home runs have plateaued at four, and his average is dipping.
Second is a thin position, so now is the best time to sell high on Infante before interest wanes too much.
2012 Stats: .416/.439/.649, 14 R, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 0 SB
The Captain is off to an epic start, but this is 2012 and Derek Jeter entered the season at 38 years old.
Jeter slugging over .600 is ridiculous, and something he's never even come close to in his career. So, at the least expect his home runs to even out. With zero bags on the season, Jeter's one reliable value is disappearing.
If owners will bite on any shortstop, it's Jeter. Sell high while you can.
2012 Stats: .286/.329/.543, 9 R, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 3 SB
Encarnacion is an underrated player at a thin position. He bats in a strong lineup, and is capable of 20 home runs and 70 to 80 RBI.
Right now he's on pace for over 30 bombs and 120 RBI. He's got clout, but not that much. His defensive versatility gives him even more value, so trade him while you can.
2012 Stats: .263/.328/.579, 11 R, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 0 SB
Cody Ross remains one of the most overrated fielders in baseball, which began with him winning the 2010 World Series MVP.
With that said, he's never played in the American League, let alone a hitter's park like Fenway. Ross is capable of putting together his best season yet, but I still doubt it'll be much to write home about.
With such a following, now's the best time to explore shipping out Ross while he's on a hot streak.
2012 Stats: .266/.338/.516, 11 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 SB
Ryan Braun is a fantastic player, but he's got a lot of questions around his 2012 season. He spent the winter dealing with bad PR, and is learning what life is like in the MLB without Prince Fielder in his corner.
Braun's off to a tough start, which is personified by the fact that the Hebrew Hammer is a .318/.395/.562 hitter in April.
I see Braun recovering, but not to the point of recovering his first-round value. Even so, dangling a player with his rep is enough to make fantasy owners go ga-ga. If you can find a stud player in return, I say let Braun fly.
2012 Stats: .400/.420/.760, 16 R, 8 HR, 19 RBI, 1 SB
Josh Hamilton is a stellar player, with a huge offensive ceiling. Though I don't think he can sustain a .400 average, there's no reason he couldn't win a batting title with tons of power.
The biggest concern with Hamilton is health. The 31-year-old has only played in more than 150 games once in his career, while averaging 114 games played over the last three seasons.
If injuries drive you as crazy as me when it comes to fantasy baseball, sell Hamilton for a big return.
2012 Stats: 3-2, 2.62 ERA, 34.1 IP, 21 SO, 0.932 WHIP
If the season ended in June, Colon would be kicking things off right were they ended. Unfortunately, Colon fell apart in the second half of last season, and ended his record at 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA.
Once again, Colon is off to a hot start. There's no guarantee that things will last. And if he couldn't post a winning record with the Yankees I doubt he could with the A's.
Folks are always looking for starting pitching fixes, and you could very easily find some takers on Mr. KFC.
2012 Stats: 5 SV, 1.23 ERA, 7.1 IP, 7 SO, 0.545 WHIP
With Kyle Farnsworth on the DL, the Tampa Bay Rays have turned over the ninth inning to Fernando Rodney.
Rodney's got great stuff, but always falls short. He's only saved over 30 games once in his career, and the 35-year-old hasn't held down an ERA under 4.00 in five seasons.
As long as he looks like a stud closer, might as well shop Rodney.