MLB Fantasy Three Up Three Down: Week One

Nick AllenCorrespondent IApril 7, 2009

BRADENTON, FL - MARCH 8:  Outfielder Nyjer Morgan #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates sets to bunt against the Houston Astros March 8, 2009 at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)


Nyjer Morgan, OF, Pirates

Nyjer went 3-5 with two RBI and a stolen base in Monday's win against the St. Louis Cardinals. Morgan is competing for the starting left field spot, while he is also batting leadoff. If you need steals check him out. He also has a little pop.

He is only owned in 1.8 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.

Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, Marlins

Bonifacio went 4-5 with one home run (inside-the-park), two RBI, four runs, and three stolen bases against the Washington Nationals on Monday.

Bonifacio has amazing speed, as you can tell by the inside-the-park home run and three stolen bases. Give the guy a look; he is owned in 3.1 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.


Felipe Lopez, 2B, D-Backs

Lopez went 2-4 with two home runs, two RBI, two runs, and one walk on Opening Day. Lopez was reffered to as a "sleeper" by quite a few "experts" this season. Looks like those experts might have been right? Shocker.

Anyway, check if Lopez is availible in your league; he's owned in 83.4 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.


Keep an eye on:
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Rangers
Kevin Millwood, SP, Rangers
Adam Lind, OF, Blue Jays



Jason Motte, RP, Cardinals

Motte got his first save opportunity Monday and against the Pirates and blew it, giving up four hits and four runs in the ninth inning. He doesn't have much experience, and the same could be said for job security now. Avoid Motte until he proves he can handle the closing role.


Aaron Cook, SP, Rockies

Cook surrendered six runs on seven hits in only two innings in Monday's loss to the D-Backs. I wasn't very high on him coming in to the year, and this does not help his cause. His next start is against the Philadelphia Phillies. I would avoid him at all costs.


Chris Davis, 1B, Rangers

Coming into this baseball season, I was very high on Davis, as were a lot of others. Davis went 0-4 with two strikeouts Monday. For a guy that only had success half the season last year, this is not a good sign. Is this a fluke? Hold on to him, of course, but monitor him.

Also avoid:
Ramon Hernandez, C, Reds
Placido Polanco, 2B, Tigers
Carlos Guillen, 3B, Tigers


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