By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on May 8, 2014
There are plenty of players off to slow starts this fantasy baseball season, but not all of them are worth trading for. To prevent you from making a mistake, here are 10 players to buy-low before they finally starting putting up All-Star numbers.
Salazar was a very popular sleeper on everyone’s sleeper sheet this spring. However, the 24-year-old has struggled this season. He currently has 5.65 ERA and his 1.61 WHIP is among the worst in baseball. His strikeout numbers have been there (10.98 K/9), though, and his fastball is still consistently hitting 95 MPH. He has all the skills to be a reliable fantasy hurler and it is only a matter of time until he starts to show it again.
The shortstop has racked up 81 stolen bases over the last two years (210 games) and has notoriously been a roto-league superstar. He has only snagged five bases through the first 33 games and he has shockingly been caught three times. Cabrera’s batting average and stolen base numbers will only go up as the summer months near, so steal this speedster while you still can.
Hosmer has proven that he can produce like a starting first baseman, but he has been relegated to bench duty in most leagues. He still has a jaw-dropping .306 batting average and has added 17 RBIs as well. If you can get ahold of him now, do it before Hosmer officially becomes a household name.
Cespedes is finally starting to wake up. He has smacked two home runs in the last three games and has quietly raised his RBI total up to 20 on the year. Some owners haven't noticed the slugger's hot-streak, so take advantage of it now before he is officially unattainable.
Santana has started games at catcher, first base, third base, and as the team's designated hitter in 2014. He has simply been unable to get comfortable at the plate, which is likely the main reason for his appalling .139 batting average. However, Santana is simply too talented to continue this way, so expect an upswing from the veteran very soon. There is no doubt in my mind that Santana will finish as a top-five backstop this fantasy season.
Latos has suffered several setbacks this year and the fireballer has yet to throw a single pitch this fantasy season. Luckily, he is getting closer and closer to returning. Latos is without a doubt a SP2 in all fantasy formats, so don’t be afraid to roll the dice and make an offer for him now. Besides, his value can’t possibly get any lower.
After weeks of mediocre numbers, Wright is finally starting to heat up. He is riding a six-game hitting streak and has smacked four doubles in the process. This is the perfect time to make a move for Wright, because most owners may be overlooking the steady increase in batting average.
Hamels spent the first month of the season on the DL with bicep tendonitis and the veteran has yet to get comfortable. He has a disgusting 7.02 ERA and his 1.86 WHIP isn’t any better. The southpaw struggled early last season as well, but he still finished with a 2.97 ERA in his 13 starts after the All-Star break. Hamels is the ultimate second-half pitcher to make a move for this week.
Votto is another superstar that has yet to wake up. He is currently hitting .263 and the power slugger has only racked up four homers with 10 RBIs. Luckily, Votto is a career .313 hitter and he has a several big months ahead of him. If you can trade two hot sticks to get Votto this week, pull the trigger and don’t think twice.
Fielder was one of the first sticks off the board in nearly every fantasy format this spring, but the slugger has managed to hit two long balls this season with just 11 RBIs. However, no one in fantasy is more due for a hot stretch than Fielder. Fantasy fans should test the waters on Fielder now, because he won't be trade bait for much longer.
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