Fantasy Baseball: John Buck and Other Surprise Hot Players

By Professor Bush
Jim O’Connor USA Today Sports

The New York Mets might have signed John Buck to keep the seat warm for their hot prospect catcher Travis d’Arnaud, but the problem is, someone must have forgotten to tell Buck, who has started off the season on fire.

In the Mets’ first nine games, Buck has hit five HRs, recorded 15 RBIs and batted .375.  It’s silly to try to project what numbers he would accumulate over an entire season at this pace, but this is a great start for a player who batted .192 and hit 12 HRs last year with the Miami Marlins.  Buck hit one HR in each of the three games the Mets just played in Philadelphia.

The Oakland Athletics‘ 7-2 start is due partially to the fast start of Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie.

Fantasy managers have come to expect Crisp to be a good source of steals since he had 88 over the past two seasons.  However, at age 33 it is reasonable to expect the speed to be waning. That is probably why Crisp was drafted around position 208 this spring. He has gotten off to a quick start with four HRs, 13 runs and a .333 AVG.  It’s not realistic to expect the power surge to continue.  So in case you have a rookie manager in your league, you might try to sell Crisp high right now.

Lowrie has never played 100 games in a season.  But with injuries to infielders Scott Sizemore and Hiro Nakajima, he has the shortshop job to himself for a while.  He has responded to that role very well.  Lowrie has been hitting third in the lineup and has an OBP of .500 so far.  Add in 10 runs plus 3 HRs and you have a strong performance at the shortstop position.  Just don’t get too excited about the power since two of the HRs came agains the Houston Astros pitching staff.

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