HG - Injuries continue to play havoc with fantasy pitchers as Noah Syndergaard and Cole Hamels will be out a minimum of 8 weeks. Corey Kluber, Ian Kennedy, Jameson Taillon, James Paxton and Felix Hernandez will be out likely for close to a month. Met’s righty Matt Harvey was suspended for three games giving rise to questions to his level of commitment to the team. Throw in nagging injuries to Mike Trout and Bryce Harper and owners have been busy, A) taking aspirin, and B) combing over the waiver wire.
Cody Bellinger 1B/OF Dodgers - Bellinger was thought to be an injured replacement for the Dodgers but his hitting has changed LA’s mind. The lefty is batting 342 with 4 homers, 9 runs knocked in in his first ten big leagues game. The highly touted Bellinger is now playing first with Adrian Gonzalez out on the DL giving the kid plenty of chances to shine.
Marwin Gonzalez 1B/3B/OF Astros - Gonzalez has gone homer happy with 5 dingers, 12 RBI, 8 runs scored and 8 hits in 17 at bats. The multi-purpose utility player is now up to 9 long balls with 21 runs knocked making Marwin Gonzalez well-worth playing while he is this hot at the plate.
Starlin Castro 2B Yankees - Castro is off to his best start to a season since 2010 hitting 367 as he currently is on a nine-hitting streak. The former Cub has 17 hits over this span and has smacked 5 long balls to go with 16 runs knocked in and 18 runs scored.
Kevin Pillar OF Blue Jays - Pillar is off a good start batting 314 with 4 homers, 9 RBI, 15 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. The young outfielder has still has not hit his prime meaning Pillar should continue to get better and is producing at a representative level making him fantasy worthy.
Michael Conforto OF Mets - Conforto has got a chance to play daily with all the Met’s injuries and is off a very hot start batting 351 at lead off with an on base of 427. The young southpaw has also hit 7 long balls, driven in 18 runs, scored 16 along with one stolen base making Conforto a must add for the rest of the season.
Ivan Nova SP Pirates - Nova continues to be impressive to date with just one outing where he has allowed more than three earned runs, he allowed four, and has a shiny 2.14 ERA and WHIP of 0.88. With two starts for week five the former Yankee makes for a nice plug and play option for owners needing more pitching options.
Lance Lynn SP Cardinals - Lynn by far has been the best of the lot of St. Louis starters this year with four straight wins covering 25 innings and 22 K’s. The veteran Red Bird is sporting an ERA of 2.04, WHIP of 1.08 and just two earned allowed over his last four starts.
Jesse Hahn SP A’s - Hahn has gotten off to an impressive start this year with six consecutive starts of no more than three earned runs per outing and an ERA of 3.03. The former Padre has also punched out 30 batters in 35 innings to go with a WHIP of 1.21. Hahn is a serviceable option with all the injuries besetting starters league wide.
Derek Holland SP White Sox - Holland was expected to compete for the fifth starter spot for the Pale Hose this spring but has been terribly impressive thus far under the guidance of pitching coach Don Cooper. The former Ranger has given up just 8 earned runs in 35.1 innings for a 2.02 ERA with six straight starts of two earned runs or less allowed. With any run support Holland could be 6-0 and with 30 K’s in 35 frames.
Eduardo Rodriguez SP Red Sox - Rodriguez has hurled three straight quality outings for a Red Sox team hit with injuries to David Price and Steven Wright. The young lefty has allowed 4 earned runs in 18 innings over his last three trips to the bump. For the 2017 campaign Rodriguez has struck out 37 batters covering 29.1 frames and makes for a nice injury fill in.