It’s been a minute since we’ve lavished you with some fantasy baseball insight, but that’s only because your boy Crook’ didn’t want to add to the pile of overreactive early season pieces penned by two-bit hacks. Instead, I gave it a couple weeks, took a deep breath, and then decided to take inventory of things I’ve been doing to set my fantasy teams up for success. The notion is that if it’s good enough for me, it’s overwhelmingly beneficial to you.
With that in mind, allow me to delve into my rosters and pluck some names I’ve invested in that can be of use to you.
Joey Rickard (15% Yahoo! ownership)
The centerpiece of this edition of “Crooked Currents” has gone largely overlooked, likely because he was never a shiny prospect. Of course, he was on all my teams by Opening Day, largely because he seemed destined to gobble up the bulk of leadoff PAs for the Orioles. Since the season started, Rickard has hit .306/.326/.472 with a homer and a steal while scoring eight runs. There isn’t a lot of pop there, but he can hit for average, steal 20 bases, and score 90 runs as part of an offense that plays in a division loaded with hitter-friendly parks.
Jake Lamb (31% Yahoo! ownership)
A player I loved as a sleeper last year, Lamb battled through injuries and inconsistent play after starting the 2015 campaign on a tear. Now entrenched in the two-hole in the promising top-half of Arizona’s lineup, there is ample opportunity for 20-plus HRs and a healthy number of counting stats.
Josh Tomlin (21% Yahoo! ownership)
Health has never been on Tomlin’s side, but the ability to flirt with a 8.00 K/9 and put up tidy pitching ratios (career 1.51 BB/9) make him a candidate to finish the year as a surprise SP3. He’s well worth adding to your pitching staff, even if he does hit the DL soon.
Eduardo Nunez (29% Yahoo! ownership)
A ridiculously hot start to the season (coupled with position eligibility at SS) has probably helped push Nunez’s ownership rate into uncharted territory. Unlike the three players above, I’m not sold on a season-long breakout, but there’s no doubt that he is absolutely driving the ball with authority at a level never seen from him before, so perhaps there is some post-hype potential here.