Barry Zito, SF, SP, (Owned in 79% in standard Yahoo leagues)
For the first time since the Giants signed him to a blockbuster deal, (which was four years ago), Zito looks like the ace that they paid for. He is 3-0 in four starts thus far, with a 1.32 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP, and a .161 batting average against. Zito is yet to give up a single long ball all year.
Andy Pettitte, NYY, SP, (77%)
Pettitte is 3-0 and the Yankees have won all four games he has started this year. The veteran has allowed only four runs and has already struck out 22 batters. His 1.29 ERA is the best opening month start of his career.
Kelly Johnson, ARI, 2B, (73%)
Twenty-one games into the 2010 campaign and Kelly Johnson has already bested his home run total from last year. Johnson’s nine dingers tops all second baseman and ranks him second in the league overall. He is batting .320 on the year, with eighteen RBI’s, a 1.020 OPS and a .787 slugging percentage.
Paul Konerko, CHW, 1B, (69%)
Konerko leads the league with ten home runs on the year. Five of his ten homeruns and eight of his eighteen RBI’s have come over the past wee; a span in which he has risen his batting average from .268 to .292. Konerko also has a .750 slugging percentage and a 1.148 OPS.
Scott Podsednik, KC, OF, (64%)
Podsednik was so hot coming into this week that although he is riding a six-game hitting streak, he has managed to lower his batting average from the mid-.400’s to .359. He has gotten on base in nearly half of his plate appearances, which has allowed him to swipe eight bags already.
Also Noteworthy: Jason Bay, NYM, OF, (96%); Francisco Liriano, MIN, SP/RP, (85%);
Casey McGehee, MIL, 2B/3B, (82%); Chris Young, ARI, OF, (69%)
Grady Sizemore, CLE, OF, (Owned in 97% of standard Yahoo leagues)
Last year, Sizemore batted .248 with 18 homeruns, 64 RBI’s, and 13 stolen bases. Sure he’s a fantastic all-around ballplayer on the diamond, but in my personal opinion, I feel like he is drafted too high compared to the fantasy numbers he puts up. This year, Sizemore is batting a measly .192 with zero homeruns, eight RBI’s, and two steals.
Trevor Hoffman, MIL, RP, (73%)
It’s sad to see one of the greatest relief pitchers of all time go out like this, but it’s even tougher to see how anyone would want this guy on their team the way he has pitched thus far. Hoffman has blown four of his seven save opportunities and with a 13.00 ERA appears to be washed up.
Javier Vazquez, NYY, SP, (86%)
How this guy is still owned in 86% of leagues is beyond me. Vazquez is 1-3 on the year with a 9.00 ERA and has given up twenty runs and five homeruns. Sure, he’ll win some games as a result of being on the Yankees ballclub, but there is no reason to expect other quality stats at this point.
Josh Beckett, BOS, SP, (96%)
He was off to a similar start last season after the first month before he turned it around to have a year, which was nothing short of solid. But Beckett is now a year older and is off to a start that fantasy owners should at the very least be concerned about. He is 1-0 with a 7.22 ERA. The most shocking number, however, is his batting average against, which is all the way up at .316.
Lance Berkman, HOU, 1B, (86%)
When on the field, Berkman can be one of the most dynamic players in all of baseball. But after his season debut, which was delayed due to injury until just over a week ago, he has played just nine games before tweaking his groin. Berkman shows no signs of being able to remain healthy and fantasy owners must question his durability to hold up over the longest season in all of sports.