Two weeks in and owners are starting to stress over slumping stars. Keep in mind just how early in the season we are right now. There is plenty of time for players to turn things around or on the other hand, plenty of time for hot players to cool off. Just relax and try not to focus on the standings too much.
Onto some players that may be available in your leagues…
Using ESPN owned percentages
Scott Podsednik, OF, KC (45.3%) – While Podsednik is clearly due for a big regression in AVG, he already has six stolen bases on the season. Add Pods now while the season is young and his legs are fresh, because this production is destined to slow soon.
Daric Barton, 1B, OAK (8.9%) – Barton doesn’t have much power, but he has always had great plate discipline. Hitting second in the A’s order should give him a decent boost in runs scored, even with lackluster protection behind him. He also has a chance to drive in a few more runs depending on how often Rajai Davis gets on base.
Barton’s current .344 AVG is sure to fall, but if he has figured out his swing and can combine that with continued top-notch plate discipline, there is a good chance he can maintain a .300 AVG. If you need some help at 1B/CI, ride Barton while he’s hot.
Troy Glaus, 1B/3B, ATL (8.2%) – Glaus hit his first home run of the season on Wednesday and certainly showed 20-plus home run potential the two years prior to his 2009 injury. Hopefully this home run gets Glaus in a groove for fantasy owners in need of a power boost.
Joel Pineiro, SP, LAA (35.8%) – Pineiro is doing exactly what he did last season, getting ground balls. While he may not have the same success as he did last year, Pineiro has a chance to keep your team’s ERA and WHIP numbers in check for the time being.
Jamie Garcia, SP, STL (1.1%) – Garcia has been a ground ball machine through his entire minor league career and nothing about that changed in his first Major League start where he induced 13 ground balls to only three fly balls. He gets two starts next week against the D-Backs and Giants.