Pickups of the Week – 4/4/11

Longo’s out for three weeks, Matt Holliday misses time with an appendectomy and Rajai has a bum ankle. These are only a few of the injury issues that have fantasy owners looking for early season replacements.
Percentages represent percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Alex Gordon 3B/OF – 31% – After a nice spring, Gordon was slotted into the number three spot in the Kansas City batting order. He went 6-for-19 with four runs scored and an RBI in the first series of the season. Expectations may have been low coming into the year due to his failure to live up to his top prospect status to this point, but he’s still only 27 years old and has crushed everything in sight during his time in the minors. If you need a 3B to hold you over until Longo returns, give Gordon a shot.

Freddy Sanchez 2B – 25% – When healthy, Sanchez has shown the ability to hit for AVG. He opened the season on fire 7-for-15 with a home run. While it is impossible for him to keep up this pace, he’s worth rostering while hot if your team needs a 2B/MI replacement.

Peter Bourjos OF – 23% – While Bourjos isn’t necessarily off to a hot start, he is probably one of the cheapest sources of steals still available on your wire. It’s only a matter of time before he gets his running game started and it’s a skill that could net your team 3-4 steals in one week.

Justin Smoak 1B – 19% – Smoak is 3-for-9 on the young season, but what’s nice to see is that two of his three hits have gone for extra bases. He has the type of power potential to break out and give your squad 3-5 home runs per month once he gets things going.

Brandon Beachy SP – 19% – Beachy impressed in his 2011 debut today, going 6 innings while striking out seven, walking only one and allowing only one earned run. His high strikeout totals in the minors were mostly a product of him being used out of the pen. However, his command/control is a plus-attribute. He may be a questionable start against the Phillies in his next time out, but after that he’ll likely get the Mets, Dodgers and Padres.