Fantasy: Week 2's projected hot/cold hitters
APR 08, 2013 3:25p ET
DO NOT freak out about great players having ugly starts in early April!
My email inbox and Twitter account have already been inundated with long-term questions from short-sighted fantasy owners, which pains me to no end. Queries like:
**Will Josh Hamilton (3 for 25 start in 2013) hit 30 homers this year, or should I cut my losses, via trade?
**Robinson Cano (zero homers/zero RBI) knows he's playing for a big contract next year, right?
**How come Ryan Howard, who batted .322 with seven homers during Grapefruit League play, isn't killing the ball after an awesome spring?
At the risk of being Captain Obvious here, it makes no sense to extrapolate greatness — and badness — from a tiny sample size of stats ... especially with proven, veteran stars, when healthy.
How about waiting until Hamilton endures a series when he isn't getting booed by the fans of Cincinnati and Texas — both former haunts?
How about letting Cano play a few games without Vernon Wells as a primary lineup influence?
And how about giving Howard some time to reclaim that .300 batting ... uh, nevermind.
Howard will probably never clear .322 for a full season. But he's still a candidate for 27 bombs and 90 RBI.
Here are some projected hot and cold hitters for fantasy Week 2:
1. Chris Davis, Orioles
Who cares that Davis won't experience a single outing at comfy Camden Yards this week?
Davis (11 homers, 30 RBI in his last 13 games, dating back to last season) could be in line for six matchups with Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, Cole Hamels, David Price and Jered Weaver ... and you still wouldn't bench for him for any hitter on this planet.
He's that hot. He's that un-benchable, if that's a word.
Plus, the respective starters for the Red Sox and Yankees (this week's foes) are less than untouchable ... although Jon Lester (2-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) is riding a nice wave of fantasy goodness.
2. Chase Utley, Phillies
Philly's healthy and presumably happy second baseman, who batted .391 with one homer and seven RBI for opening week, has six attractive dates with the Mets (home) and Marlins (away) on the docket.
3. Mike Morse, Mariners
The major league co-leader in home runs (five — along with Atlanta's Justin Upton) has a seven-game home stand this week, against the mediocre likes of Philip Humber, Erik Bedard, Brad Peacock ( Astros) and the Rangers' occasionally leaky pitchers.
FYI: Seattle scored 21 runs in a single game against Texas last year.
4. Carlos Santana/Mark Reynolds, Indians
The catcher/first-base-eligible Santana is hitting at a .500 clip, belying his usual slow starts for April. As for the free-swinging Reynolds (four homers, .300 batting) ... let the good times roll for at least another week.
5. Robinson Cano, Yankees
Fantasy's No. 1 second baseman, by a long shot, tallied four straight seasons of 25-plus homers, 100 runs and .300 batting from 2009-12.
In other words, let's not overreact to a .130 start that includes a rare double-bagel in homers (zero) and RBI (zero).
1. Elvis Andrus, Rangers
The Texas shortstop, who no longer has to worry about getting traded to make room for No. 1 prospect Jurickson Profar, has proffered a slow start, batting just .208 and posting a sub-.300 on-base percentage. Ugh!
To complicate matters, Andrus will face Matt Moore and Felix Hernandez this week; and from a career standpoint, he only has a .246 batting average against the Mariners.
2. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
On the positive side, Stanton has a full week of home games against the Braves and Phillies, two major rivals.
On the negative side, top-notch arms like Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee will likely pitch around Stanton (.182 batting to date) — as he remains stuck in a slap-hitting lineup with few power resources.
All those walks are great for Stanton's on-base percentage, but it probably won't lead to big-time fantasy production, in the form of homers and RBI.
Jay Clemons can be reached, day or night, via Twitter at @FOX_JayClemons.
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