Fantasy Baseball: Three Up, Three Down

Nick AllenCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 09:  Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers on April 9, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Brandon Inge

Inge has already knocked in four home runs this season, drove in seven, and swiped a bag. Not bad for a guy who went undrafted in most fantasy drafts. He is eligible at catcher and third base, which boosts his value.

He is owned in 80.1 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues, but that is up from the 11.1 he was owned in a week ago. Take a look at Inge if he's available in your league.

Chris Davis

After a horrible 1-22 start, Davis looks like he's getting it together. In the last two games he is 4 for 7 with two home runs, although, he still combines for four strike outs in those two games. He has struck out 14 times this year, which is pretty scary.

He is available in about two percent of ESPN leagues, keep an eye on him.

Nelson Cruz

Cruz has been hot since the beginning of the season. He has amazing power as he already has five home runs including a grand slam. The 28-year-old outfielder has drawn comparisons to Josh Hamilton. I wouldn't say that just yet, but Cruz with him while he's hot (I know, that was pretty lame), maybe even sell high.

He is available in about 14 percent of ESPN leagues. Pick him up right away.


Scott Rolen


Chris Iannetta

Iannetta is 1-17 on the season with a .059 average. His lone hit was a HR that came in the Rockies first game of the season; he has not gotten a hit since.

I would avoid him at this point until he puts some good games together.

Carlos Guillen

Guillen has also been struggling this season going 5 for 30 with a .167 batting average. He also injured his achilles.

There are better options out there at first or third base. Stay away from Guillen.

Pablo Sandoval

In the last five games, Sandoval is 0-15. On the year he is 5-28 with a batting average of .180. I would hold onto Sandoval because he is likely going to obtain catcher eligibility, which would boost his value.

If he is in waivers in your league, monitor his status, but for now leave him alone.


Curtis Granderson



Zach Duke

Duke's last start was a good one; he tossed a complete game shutout against the Astros. He has won each of his starts and has an awesome ERA of 0.59. He also has nine strike outs on the season.

In previous years his K's weren't all there, but he has been improving, and is on pace for a breakout year. Although, I wouldn't be sold on him just yet. Check him out if you're in a deep league. He is owned in 11 percent of ESPN leagues.

Armando Galarraga

Galarraga had another good performance Wednesday, going six innings, striking out five, and getting the win. He didn't give up any runs, and only surrendered four hits. On the season he has two wins, a nice 0.64 ERA, and 13 K's.

Galarraga is owned in 79.5 percent of ESPN leagues, so pick him up if he's available in your league.

Kyle Lohse

Lohse tossed a complete game shutout against the Astros. He only gave up three hits, two of which came in the ninth inning. Lohse is now 2-0 on the season with eight K's and a 1.13 ERA.

He is owned in 41.5 percent of ESPN leagues which is up 31.8 percent from last week. Scoop him up is he isn't owned in your league.


Clayton Kershaw


Kevin Slowey

Slowey got blown up again on Tuesday giving up 13 hits and five runs, while receiving the loss. He walked one and only struck out two in five innings. He was coming off another bad start where he gave up five runs and nine hits, but got the win because of good offensive support. He is 1-1 on the season with an ERA of 7.94.

Don't give up on Slowey just yet. Wait to see if he settles down. Until then be cautious when starting him.

Scott Baker

Making his first start of the season, fresh off the DL, Baker got roughed up in only four innings of work. Baker gave up six runs, four of which were home runs, walked two, and struck out three.

I think Baker will eventually get it together, as I said he is fresh off the DL, give him time.

Chien Ming Wang

Wang has been absolutely destroyed in his two starts this year. In his last start against the Rays, he lasted one inning, giving up six hits, eight runs, and walking three. In his start before that he lasted three innings, giving up nine hits, seven runs, while walking three. Wang has one K on the season with a brutal ERA of 28.93.

I would advise for you to avoid Wang. There has got to be a better option out there.


Fausto Carmona

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