Fantasy Baseball Weeks 4-5: Reasoning on the Riverwalk: Who to Start, Sit
The fantasy baseball season is starting to filter out the big fish from the small fries.
Maybe your team was a few big flies away from first place in your league. Perhaps you were one win away from moving up.
Check out the advice within this column, and you could find some information from the insight provided in the show to help you make a move. You can't do it unless you come along for the ride by starting the show...
Carlos Beltran: The Outfielder Will Continue to Get Better
Beltran is batting around .280 and moving better with every game.
The Mets have an offense capable of scoring runs in bunches. They also have a tendency to go through dry spells and lose a lot of games.
Losing hurts morale in the long run, and I prefer players on winning teams for my fantasy rosters. Beltran is working his way back into the groove and is still worth starting, though.
Pablo Sandoval: Move the 1B, 3B Player to the Disabled List
The svelte Sandoval will likely have surgery Tuesday to remove the broken part of his hamate bone, Yahoo Sports reports from San Jose Mercury News.
The prognosis for his return is four weeks at least. When he returns, his hitting could be off.
I'd waiver him if in highly competitive leagues. If I had a deep team, I'd put him on my DL. Manage accordingly.
Asdrubal Cabrera: Start the Shortstop Until the Wheels Fall off the Ride
How about Cabrera's five home runs, 17 RBIs and good health through week four? It was a handsome reward for his fantasy owners.
The Indians are rolling with the best record in the league and their lineup features a host of solid hitters. If you're like me, you'll continue to start Cabrera over other shortstops with similar games.
Joe Nathan: Sit Him Until the Closer Proves He's Confident
Nathan started the season on fire with two impressive saves, but he took himself out of the closer role after blowing two saves in a row.
He's been all right in his last outings, but until he's named the closer—and Minnesota starts winning more games—keep him on your bench, or even waiver him.
Scott Rolen: The 3rd Baseman Is Experiencing Soreness in His Shoulder
Rolen went on the disabled list, and he isn't allowed to do any swinging.
The Reds are sitting in second place behind the Cardinals. Without him, they could easily start to swoon. You know how I feel about starting fantasy players from teams with losing records—I try not to.
Keep him on your bench for the foreseeable future.
Mike Stanton: He Should Be on Your Bench If You Want to Win a Title
Stanton is one of those fantasy players who can hurt your squad for weeks. You wait for him to break out and show patience with him until it's almost too late.
Mike has outstanding potential, but he's batting under .240 and not slugging many home runs. Sit him down and be stern.
Starlin Castro: Is He About to Sophomore Slump? Don't Count on It
Castro is more on the verge of becoming an All-Star than he is flopping in his second season. He'll be batting third in the Cubs order and producing more RBIs.
He's only hit one home run, but he's batting .348, stealing bases and scoring runs. Start him for sure—even over the likes of Alexei Ramirez and Derek Jeter.
Evan Longoria: The 3rd Baseman Will Go into the Lineup on Tuesday
With the Rays rolling through the rough waters, Longoria is set to return against Toronto on May 3. The Rays have started to hit better and Evan will help Tampa tap teams out.
He hasn't played in a game this season, so he's opening his campaign soon. Look for him to start strong.
A.J. Burnett: The Bronx Bombers Have Kept Him from Blowing Up and Imploding
A.J. is on the verge of an implosion.
He's surviving with help from the Yankees' hitters, but he's giving up a career-worst 1.2 home runs per nine innings pitched for New York.
He has four wins on the season, but be wary of him if you're concerned about ERA. He's humming along at just above league average in ERA and WHIP—3.93 and 1.28 respectively.
Jamey Carroll: The Utility Infielder Is Batting Around .300 for Troubled L.A.
Carroll is replacing the injured Rafael Furcal, and doing all right in terms of batting average. He isn't scoring many runs, or producing any home runs, though.
Keep him on your bench and use him for spot starts. Listed as a utility player in fantasy baseball, he can play third, short, second, or outfield.
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