As scrutinized as the first couple of weeks of the fantasy baseball season are. There are still some solid players that are playing above expectations that go unnoticed. Some of them are old hats that have made a strong comeback, while others are just rising to the occasion for the first time. Each fantasy baseball team has different needs and some of these players can fill those needs for their potential owners.
Travis Hafner – UT/DH – Cleveland Indians
Hafner has been zeroed in all season and looks like the old Pronk that we all used to know and love. While he may not keep this up the entire season you cannot ignore his .348/.395/.580 slash line so far. With the way all the Indians are playing right now, Hafner is a must-own must-start player until he proves otherwise. Keep in mind though that he only qualifies at the UT position in most standard fantasy baseball leagues.
Peter Bourjos – OF – Los Angeles Angels
Bourjos is not going to keep up his current batting average (.301), but he possess the rare speed and power combination that every fantasy baseball owner values. He is a threat to steal a base every time he is on and owns a .849 OPS so far this season and has turned it up lately. Hitting in front of guys like Bobby Abreu, Tori Hunter and Vernon Wells in the Angels lineup should net him a lot of runs scored this season as well.
Jed Lowrie – SS/2B – Boston Red Sox
Lowrie wowed a lot of baseball people with his stellar second half last season and he has started off this season on a mission to prove that it was not a fluke. He began the season behind Marco Scutaro on the depth chart, but by hitting .413 with 3 HRs and 12 RBI through his first 51 at bats, he has earned himself the larger half of the time share. If he keeps this up, the Red Sox might want to forget about Scutaro all together or at least relegate him to a utility role. Be sure the check Boston’s lineup every day, but if Lowrie is in it, get him in your fantasy baseball lineups.
Hank Conger – C – Los Angeles Angels
With injuries and struggles by some bigger name catchers such as Joe Mauer, fantasy baseball owners are looking for other options at the catcher position. Conger was a rookie sleeper heading into the year because of his immense upside at the plate. Mike Scioscia seems to be inclined to give him a chance given the struggles of Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson at the plate. Conger has started almost 2/3 of the games over the past two weeks and his posted a productive .281 BA and has 2 HRs already. If he keeps hitting like this he will keep earning more playing time for the Angels and will become one of the catchers to own this season.