Add? Keep? Trade? Five Players To Ponder.
See below for fantasy baseball advice on five players who have had a great start to the season.
Should you add them? Should you trade them? Should you keep them? Fantasy Baseball Dugout breaks it down for you.
- Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies: Jimenez leads the Bigs in ERA and is tied with Washington’s Tyler Clippard for the league lead in wins. He threw the first no hitter of the season and has struck out 54 batters in 56.3 innings. He is in the top five of five major NL pitching categories. If you drafted Jimenez around the position 90 in March – then you got him as a steal. In case you need reassurance – Jimenez is for real and a big time keeper. Unless you’re going to get an ace quality pitcher the quality of Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, or Dan Haren, keep him.
- Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox: Konerko has an MLB-leading 14 home runs. He’s owned in 100% of ESPN fantasy leagues, but he’s only hit three home runs in May after jacking 11 bombs in April. He’s hit 30 or more home runs five times since joining the Show full time in 1999. However, Konerko had an average draft position below 200, there’s a case to be made for trading him if you can. Over the last 24 hours in CBS Sports, he’s been traded straight up for Alex Rios, Johan Santana, Mark Teixeira and Aramis Ramirez. If you can get Tex or Johan for Konerko at this point in the year – take the deal.
- Casey McGehee, Milwaukee Brewers: McGehee is tied with Evan Longoria for second in RBI in MLB with 37 – he’s also got 9 home runs and a .324 average. He’s 100 percent owned in ESPN – but had an average draft position under 200. Last year, he only hit 16 home runs and drove in 71 RBI. Similar to Konerko, if you can trade McGehee for an established player that will produce similar projected numbers – make the deal.
- Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals: Clippard is tied with Jimenez for the MLB lead in wins with 7 and has 8 holds. He has a 2.22 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 28.3 innings of work. He’s owned in around 50 percent of ESPN leagues. His talent seems to be legit. That said, Clippard is a middle reliever and the incumbent closer in Washington – Matt Capps – currently leads the Bigs in saves. He should definitely be added in all NL and mixed leagues that have holds as a fantasy baseball statistic. In NL-only leagues, Clippard also has value as a reliever to keep ERA and WHIP down while increasing strikeout total. In most standard mixed leagues, however, he should probably stay on the waiver wire.
- Kelly Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks: Johnson has 12 home runs, and he’s been one of the hottest topics in the fantasy baseball world over the last month. A 2B shows some power production and everyone wants to jump on board. He’s only hit 57 home runs in his career and is four shy of setting his MLB-career best. His trade value seems to have plummeted lately. Over the last 24 hours, he’s been dealt in 1-for-1 trades for the likes of Carlos Beltran, John Danks, Fausto Carmona, Orlando Cabrera, Kevin Slowey, Ryan Dempster and Cole Hamels. It seems that K-Jo is a prime candidate to either trade now or bail on.