Winning This Week: Fantasy Baseball Pickups

The Fantasy Baseball season is in full swing and already, panic has set in. “Carl Crawford is the latest overpaid bust”, or “What is wrong with Pujols???…Is this the start of a decline?”, are just some of the early wails of the respected players’ owners.
First off, Crawford will be fine, the lineup is too good in Boston for him not to bounce back. As for Pujols, he is done, get something for him via trade while you can. OK, that last one was a joke, I can’t help but be a Cubs fan. Albert will end up with his usual top five stat line, its still April.

Having stated that it is ‘still April”, in no way means that it is okay to just sit and wait with your roster. Whether you use Rotisserie scoring or Head-to-Head, the players you use now could be the difference when it comes to making the playoffs, getting a first round bye, or taking a tie-breaking category. Not to mention with guys like Evan Longoria, Chase Utley, Corey Hart, and Adam Wainwright on the DL for different lengths of time, we owners are already needing to fill roster spots.

Willie Bloomquist – OF – ARI

The former Royal is currently serving as the Diamondbacks’ lead-off man and is getting on base at a .400 rate. The Arizona coaching staff has also given him the green light, as shown by his three steals in his first four games. He is definitely riding a hot streak right now, showing some power to go along with his speed. Add him for the remainder of this outburst, because as long as Stephen Drew is sidelined, he is at the top of the order, and may remain there if Drew is not 100% when he returns from his abdomen injury.

Alberto Callaspo – 3B – LAA

Another former Royal is out west and hitting the ball nicely, going .500 through his first four games. He added a homer during that span and is a safe bet to continue putting up numbers with the Indians staff coming up in the near future. After the ridiculous numbers the White Sox put up against that Cleveland staff, Callaspo is a perfect stop-gap for Longoria owners and a good add universally, considering the lack of 3B depth this season.

Joel Hanrahan – RP – PIT

I am making this statement now, Pittsburgh finishes 2ND in the NL Central this season. This team is young, but they can hit, greatly improving the chances for save opportunities in Pittsburgh. Hanrahan is the guy for now and even though Evan Meek may see his fair share of save ops, grab Hanrahan now while the Pirates are on a tear. Lets not forget the fact that he had five K’s in his first three innings of work, resulting in three saves and a .90 WHIP…

Brennan Boesch – OF – DET

He started off last season with a bang, hitting .342 with 12 homers before the break, and he started 2011 in the same fashion. Most notably a 4/4 performance against the Yankees where he also homered once and scored four times. With that Tiger lineup, he will have opportunities to score in multiple categories, and if history is any indication, he could make it as a great pick-up for the first half. Plus, he could be prime for “sell-high” when it gets deadline time.

Good Luck!