As we approach the month of May, player injuries, slow starts, and roster tinkering are wreaking havoc on fantasy rosters in all formats across the fantasy landscape.
But hey, what else is new, right?
Screaming at your computer monitor or Blackberry update will not alleviate your problems, nor will crazy-desperate trade considerations. What can help is utilizing the hot bats for this week in plug-and-play situations to open up the door for added opportunities.
Let’s take a look at three hot bats that have a huge ceiling for success in a plug-and-play role this week.
Seth Smith–OF–Colorado Rockies: Smith has been slowly and quietly turning it up, and we had a glimpse of what he’s capable of Sunday against the Marlins, when he chimed in for two hits, two home runs and four RBI. Smith isn’t exactly thought of as a viable option, even in a filler role, but that is due to a slow start. For the year, he is hitting .231/.286/.590 with four HRs, and 12 RBI.
One thing you should know is that Smith is home at hitter-friendly Coors field with a showdown with the Diamondbacks. But the pitching he will face isn’t exactly serving up the heat. Dan Haren (Monday), Edwin Jackson (Tuesday) and Kris Benson (Wednesday) are a combined 4-3 with a 4.00 ERA. Smith is due for a hot start to the week.
Kosuke Fukudome–OF Chicago Cubs: Fukudome has been hot as of late, including his manhandling of the Brewers on Sunday where he reached base five times and had a two-run home run. As of now, Fukudome is hitting .333/.400/.588 with three dingers, 11 RBI, 17 total hits, and a stolen base. He makes an excellent choice for NL-only leagues looking for a little pick-me-up. And for those of you in weekly leagues, he has a surprising 13 percent ownership in Yahoo leagues.
Ryan Sweeney–OF Oakland A’s: Ryan Who? Sweeney is currently enjoying a personal best, 19-game hitting streak for those of you who don’t know. But in addition to the explosive start to the season, Sweeney is also hitting .306/.381/.361 with 11 RBI and 22 TB. Even better, Sweeney has only struck out seven times and has walked 10. He has a 6 percent ownership in Yahoo leagues and is a great consideration for a temporary plug-in player with all the mounting injuries.
Thanks for reading, and if you enjoyed this piece, you may want to check out why I believe Mark Reynolds’ hit streak will be in huge jeopardy all week long.