HG - We have now hopped past Easter as week three is already here in the marathon that is the fantasy baseball regular season. We’re fresh out of the draft and players are heading to the DL in droves. And of course there’s always those that get off to slow starts.
Matt Wieters C Nationals - Wieters has gotten off to a hot start in the Capital City hitting 355 with a homer and 5 runs knocked in. The former Oriole never quite lived up to the lofty expectations placed upon him, but with a new start in DC Wieters is worth owning and starting.
Mark Reynolds 1B Rockies - Reynolds is starting in place of the injured Ian Desmond and is producing beyond what the Rox had hoped, batting 300 with 4 dingers and 11 RBI in less than two weeks. With consistent at bats the former Cardinal is worth using in the short term until Desmond returns.
Ryan Zimmerman 1B Nationals - Zimmerman is another National off to a very nice start batting 378 with an OPS of 1.284 and five of his ten hits going for extra bases. The first sacker has smacked 3 long balls, with 6 runs driven in, 7 scored and even 1 stolen base making Zimmerman worth owning and starting.
Chris Owings SS/OF Diamondbacks - Owings is getting a chance to play daily and is off to a very hot start batting 341 as he rides a current six-game hitting streak. The AZ shortstop has also swiped 4 bases, jacked a homer, driven in 6 runs while scoring 4 times. Grab him.
Mitch Haniger OF Mariners - Haniger is off to a hot start for the Mariners as he is on a 10-game hitting streak with 14 hits to go along with 4 long balls and 11 RBI. The former Diamondback started 1 for 12 but is on a run as he approaches 300 and has scored 12 runs over last dozen contests.
Stephen Souza OF Rays - Souza is off to an impressive start batting 326 with hits in all but three games and an eye opening 426 on base average. He is also leading Tampa in base hits, 14, while also having 7 runs scored, 8 driven in.
Jason Vargas SP Royals - Vargas is two years past his Tommy John surgery and has been very impressive in two starts with just one earned run over 13.2 frames. The Royal’s southpaw has punched out 14 batters and with an ERA of 0.66, WHIP of 0.86. Ride a hot pitcher whenever you can.
Ervin Santana SP Twins - After three starts Santana has been the most impressive starter in baseball with just one earned run allowed in 22 frames. The former Royal tossed a one hit complete game shutout Saturday with 8 strikeouts and should be owned in all leagues with a ridiculous ERA of 0.41, WHIP of 0.45 and a 3-0 start to the season.
Jimmy Nelson SP Brewers - Nelson has gotten off to a very nice start allowing just two earned runs over 13 innings while striking out 13 batters. The young Milwaukee righty has an ERA of 1.38, WHIP of 0.88 and has allowed just 9 hits to date. With two starts for week 3 Nelson is a plug and play option.
Mike Leake SP Cardinals - Leake has pitched well so far this season with just one earned run given up in 15 innings to date while K’ing 13 batters. The former Reds’ hurler has given up just 10 hits so far in 2017 and with two starts for week three he is a viable option.