One of my favorite fantasy baseball strategies is buying low on players after the first few weeks of the season. Things always even themselves out by the end of the year. If a player has gotten their cold streak out of the way in April, means more fantasy goodness for you in the next few months. Here’s who I am targeting.
Mark Reynolds, Orioles
An eyesore of one to start off with for sure. Reynolds is hitting a paltry .125 this season with no home runs. Reynolds however is a proven power source, hitting at least 28 home runs in each of the last 4 seasons. If you can take the batting average hit, there are still a ton of home runs coming his way. April is traditionally Reynolds’ worst month as he has just a .218 batting average in his career in the opening month.
Rickie Weeks, Brewers
Weeks is hitting .188 in 2012 after a .269 batting average each of the last two seasons. Power numbers are still there as Weeks has three home runs so far early on the year. The runs dropping was expected with Prince Fielder out of the lineup, but Weeks is still a top level second base or middle infielder option.
Coco Crisp, Athletics
Crisp has been out of the A’s lineup with the flu and an inner ear infection. His numbers though .167 batting average, three runs, and just two stolen bases make him an easy buy low. If he’s owned you can point to those numbers and probably get him at a discounted price for a speedster with 30+ stolen bases the last two years and 49 in 2011.
Tim Lincecum, Giants
Something may be a little off on him as his velocity is still down. Lincecum is still striking out batters at a great clip (24K in 18.2 IP) that shows he’s still doing things right. Let his owner panic about his 8.20 ERA and 1.87 WHIP and swoop in. Lincecum is still a great pitcher that has a great home pitchers park in San Francisco.