It’s a new week, which brings on new possibilities for your fantasy baseball roster. To take the next step in your fantasy league and to try to gain some momentum, check out this week’s list of players worth adding in fantasy baseball:
Scott Podsednik, KC, OF, (Available in 52%)
Last week, Podsednik was mentioned in the waiver wire article as well. At the time, he was available in 79% of leagues. Many people took my advice and picked this guy up and were by no means disappointed.
Now, Podsednik has has 4 multi-hit games in a row and is batting .457 with a .525 on base percentage. Being on base in over half of his plate appearances is what has enables him to lead the league in stolen bases with six swipes already.
Alex Gonzalez, TOR, SS, (60%)
Until he went 0-for-4 last night, Gonzalez got a hit in each of the first eight games. During that streak, he compiled eleven hits overall with four doubles, four home runs, four RBI’s and a stolen base. I expect Gonzalez to quietly become a solid play in many leagues.
Josh Willingham, WAS, OF, (64%)
Over the season thus far, Willingham has recorded at least one hit in seven out of his first eight games and has been among the most consistent hitters in the league. Batting .370 with six walks, three doubles, two home runs, and nine RBI’s, he is one of the few bright spots in the Washington lineup.
Jose Guillen, KC, OF, (68%)
After getting off to somewhat of a slow start, Guillen has been on a tear as of late. Each of his last four games, he has multiple hits, and over this stretch, he has recorded all five of his home runs (tied for second most in the league), eight of his nine RBI’s, and is now batting .361 for the season. My advice is to scoop this guy up while you still can.
Miguel Olivo, COL, C, (65%)
So far this year, Olivo has been extremely productive, even for being at the catcher position. He leads all catchers with a .438 batting average, two home runs, and a stolen base. If you are weak at the catcher position as many people are, you may want to look into picking this guy up.
Carl Pavano, MIN, SP, (59%)
Pavano has been looking to return to his dominant self since the 2004 campaign. Six years removed, his quest to do so may have finally come to an end, as he is off to a great start so far this season. With two wins already and a 10-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, Pavano also has a 1.38 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP.
Brad Penny, STL, SP, (73%)
It was just three years ago that this guy was up there in talks about the Cy Young award. After, a few injury-ridden seasons in a row, he is now in one of the best teams to be on for a pitcher: the St. Louis Cardinals.
Any pitcher in the National League on Albert Pujols’ team can be expected to pile up the wins. In his first two starts this season, he is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA (only one earned run) and a 0.79 WHIP.
Mike Leake, CIN, SP, (92%)
Anyone following the Reds’ over this past off-season most likely overlooked the former eighth overall pick in the draft, as all attention was turned to the Cuban defect that throws over 100 mph, Arnoldis Chapman.
As it turns out, it is Leake that skipped out on some tune-up time in the minors and went straight to the majors. In his major league debut, although he let up seven walks, he showed his ability to get himself out of jams with his dominant “stuff.” He finished the day pitching 6.2 innings, only letting up one run.
Also Noteworthy: Chase Headley, SD, 3B/OF, (52%); Kelly Johnson, ARI, 2B, (56%); Juan Uribe, SF, 2B/3B/SS, (63%); Andruw Jones, CWS, OF, (94%); Will Venable, SD, OF, (92%); Justin Masterson, CLE, SP/RP, (90%); Colby Lewis, TEX, SP/RP, (91%)