Prince Fielder, Shane Victorino and This Week's Fantasy Baseball Roundup

Fantasy Knuckleheads@_knuckleheadsCorrespondent IApril 11, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 04: Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits the ball against the Atlanta Braves during the home opener at Miller Park on April 4, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Braves defeated the Brewers 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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For the better part of fantasy baseball history, April has always been known as a pitcher’s month. But as it currently stands, it has been the bats that have been hot in the first few weeks of the fantasy baseball season.

For those of you who drafted Prince Fielder and/or Shane Victorino, the past few weeks have been rather enjoyable, but is it really going to last?

Well, let’s take a look at this week’s roundup to find out more. And when you’re finished hop on over to our Week Two Pitching Matchups.


Hot Bats

1. ARI 3B/SS/OF Willie Bloomquist

Willie freaking Bloomquist? I know, right. This guy!

Bloomquist has been tearing it up over the past two weeks, going 9-for-23 with seven runs scored, a solo shot, five RBI and three stolen bases.

Bloomquist has thus far redefined the perfect fantasy baseball player. He is a multi-position qualifier, has a great stat line to date and plays in a favorable stadium.

All reasons why you should consider this his peak.

Bloomquist is not really known for his fantasy prowess, and over the course of the next seven days he gets to try his hand at dealing with the Cardinals and Giants—vastly different competition from the Reds and Cubs, so take his start with a grain of salt.


2. MIL 1B Prince Fielder

For those of you who scooped up Prince Fielder in the early goings of your draft, kudos!

Fielder has been nothing short of spectacular, hitting 11-of-25 with four runs scored, two solo shots and an incredible 11 home runs.

The best part is, the Brewers are on fire right now and have two upcoming favorable series in Pittsburgh and Washington, so make sure Fielder is there every day.


3. PHI OF Shane Victorino

April has always been good to the Flyin' Hawaiian and this year is no different.

The Phillies center fielder has gone 13-for-28 with a whopping eight runs scored, a solo homer and five RBI. In addition to all of that, Victorino has stole two bases and is hitting .464.

The Phillies as a team are just red hot right now, which is very odd considering Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco are normally cold at this point and Chase Utley is out with an injury.

But, c’est la vie.

The Phillies get set to open a series against the Washington Nationals, so keep Victorino in your line up all week and enjoy the ride.


4. BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia

And here come the Red Sox!

When the Sox get hot, they stay hot. And when Pedroia gets going, he’s a one-man wrecking crew, which is where we are right now.

Pedroia—sleepless over the Red Sox 0-6 start—came home and hit 9-for-14 with five RBI against the mighty Yankees, and has gone 11-for-24 with four runs scored, a single tater and those five ribbies in the homestand overall.

Oh, did I mention he’s hitting .458?

Pedroia is one guy who sticks to his trends, especially when he’s hot, so keep him started this week. Also, remember that when Pedroia plays well, the other Red Sox seem to follow suit, making their value this week potentially better.


5. DET C Alex Avila

In only 25 at-bats, Avila is starting to show fantasy owners why he should be considered in more than just AL-Only leagues.

In his short time at the backstop, Avila has gone 6-of-18 with four runs scored, three home runs and seven total RBI, alongside a nice .333 AVG.

if his bat stays hot, the Tigers will give him more work, at which point he would be a noteworthy WW grab—currently at 16 percent ownership.


A Quick List of Players Gone Cold

In the early goings of the season, the cold list is actually a better tool than the hot because it allows a fantasy owner to ignore all the hype surrounding a player in the preseason dawn (Mike Pelfrey, anyone?).

Cold players are almost always players who quickly come back down to Earth at the start of the season, or are players who are curiously stuck in a rut.

Either way, it's information you need to know about, so here we are.


Mike Pelfrey, SP, Mets

I couldn’t wait for this to happen after getting grilled by folks who swore a lifetime 50/50 pitcher was going to repeat his 2010 performance. Pelfrey is pitching right about where he should be: lousy! He has a 6.14 ERA after giving up 11 ER and faces a hard-hitting Rockies team tonight, so this time, listen to me and leave him alone.


Jorge Posada, DH, Yankees

What happened? After a nice little giddy-up, Posada has gone 0 for his last 15 with little relief in sight. If you were like me a couple of days ago, you already dropped him in favor of Detroit Tiger Alex Avila.


Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore

Must be a catcher thing. Wieters has gone 0-for-13, with a very ugly 12:2 K:BB ratio. With any young catcher, you are going to have growing pains, but if Wieters doesn’t improve soon, you may want to consider dropping him altogether.


John Lannan, SP, Nats

Through 12 innings pitched, Lannan has given up 12 hits, four runs scored, four earned runs with only seven strikeouts (four strikeouts per nine innings). Lannan isn’t going to be a very productive fantasy option this year, in case you’re looking at him. He doesn’t provide many strikes and can’t seem to ever reach the sixth inning most of the time.


Carlos Gomez, OF, Brewers

In 33 at-bats, Gomez has just seven hits batting .212, and if things continue, you can bet Gomez will be pulled. Hurry, go out right now and grab his backup (Nyjer Morgan) off of the wire. He’s hitting  .474 with nine hits in only 19 at-bats and is a base-stealing machine. You’ll thank me later.


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