German Marquez, SP, COL (CBS: 30% owned): A Rockie starter comes with more than his fair share of risk, but that 147/49 K/BB ratio posted in 2017 has its charms.
Hunter Strickland, RP, SF (CBS: 43% owned): Mark Melancon dealt with arm woes last season and is starting off 2018 in the same fashion. Strickland has been named interim closer and is now 2-for-2 in save opportunities. The “interim” label could be changed to “permanent” in relatively short order.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN (CBS: 15% owned): Yes, we know. It’s Homer Bailey, but the memories of better and happier times have surfaced once more after his fine first start. Buy him cheap, sit him on your bench for now, and hope that this is the time to revisit 2013.
Andrew Knapp C, PHI (CBS: 2% owned): Is Knapp backing up Alfaro, or is it the other way around? If the opening two games are any indication, don’t be sleeping when you could Knapp.
Nick Ahmed, SS, ARZ (CBS: 6% owned): Heading into today’s action, Ahmed is 5-for-11 with a homer and six RBI. Known for his glove and stellar defense, the bat is also proving to be an asset.
Jake Marisnick, OF, HOU (CBS: 4% owned): 16 homers in 230 at-bats in 2017 and he’s already launched a pair of bombs early-on in 2018. Is there a sneaky 20-to-25 homers on the way this season?
Lucas Duda, 1B, KC (CBS: 18% owned): There was never any doubt that Duda could hit the ball a long way, as the 30 homers twice in the past four years will attest. Duda could prove able to tame the vast expanse of Kauffman Stadium.
Trevor Williams, SP, PIT (CBS: 17% owned): The walks have to be a concern, but in his 2018 debut this afternoon, he tossed six hitless innings. It is time to invest a few bucks in the Pirates righty.
Tyler Austin, 1B, NYY (CBS: 11% owned): A new year dawns, and once again Greg Bird hits the DL, this time for 6-to-8 weeks with a bone spur and calcium deposit issue. It appears that Austin and Neil Walker could be in a job share, but I’ll invest in the player that smacked two long balls off of Marco Estrada this past Saturday.
Matt Barnes, RP, BOS (CBS: 3% owned): The bridge to all-world closer Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith and Joe Kelly, is swaying more than the Mackinac Straits Bridge on a windy day. In Leagues that count holds, find a home for Matt Barnes, right smartly.
Carlos Tocci, OF, TEX (CBS: unowned): The 22-year-old Rule 5 player, could be looking at a rather significant increase in playing time as the beneficiary of the Delino DeShield Jr. hamate bone injury. The speed could prove to be an asset in deeper Leagues.
Miguel Andujar, 3B, NYY (CBS: 39% owned): The injury to Billy McKinney and subsequent trip to the DL has given young Mr. Andujar a shot at some early season at-bats. Will he capitalize on the opportunity? I’m willing to spend a small amount of my FAAB budget to find out.