April 16, 2013 posted by Dan Stack

2013 Fantasy Baseball: Players to Watch (Week 3)

2013 Fantasy Baseball: Players to Watch (Week 3)
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Kris Medlen, P, Atlanta Braves

Kris Medlen, P, Atlanta Braves

With two weeks’ worth of data to digest, we can now more reasonably  begin to accurately assess the value of most everyday hitters. Pitchers on the other hand are still difficult to handicap given that no pitcher has started in any more than three games.

In any event, eventually the contenders should start separating themselves from the pretenders as we move closer to the end of the first month of play.

Here are a few players either trending, streaking or being talked about that you should keep an eye on this week.

Cliff Lee: Philadelphia Phillies

After another quality start on Monday night against the Reds, Cliff Lee has now walked only four batters in his last 114.1 innings which is astonishing to say the least. Lee is off to a stellar start this year after a rocky 2012 season (at least in accumulating wins) and will get another start this week when he takes on the Cardinals at home on Saturday.

Jordan Zimmerman: Washington Nationals

Zimmerman is just another Nats’ pitcher off to an awesome start. Zimmerman will look to lock up victory number four when he faces the Mets in Queens this weekend after pitching a complete game against the Marlins on Monday night.

Kris Medlen: Atlanta Braves

After a rough spring, Medlen had a fine outing against the Marlins last Tuesday in which he went seven innings while allowing only three hits and no runs. However, anybody can look good against the Marlins (see Hallady, Roy). With two more starts on tap this week (vs. Kansas City, @Pittsburgh), Medlen can put his owners at ease with a good showing on the mound.

Josh Johnson: Toronto Blue Jays

After a disastrous second start (allowing six earned runs in 1.1 innings), Johnson can quell a lot of fears for his owners if he has a solid week. This is a pivotal year for Johnson as he has to prove he is healthy and can remain a fantasy force north of the border. This week Johnson will have two starts at home against the White Sox and the Yankees.

Homer Bailey: Cincinnati Reds

If Homer Bailey wants to be taken seriously as a formidable fantasy pitcher, he has to start pitching with consistency. After one good start and one ugly start, Bailey will look to make amends this week when he makes two starts at home against the Phillies and the Marlins.


Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers

Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers

Jean Segura: Milwaukee Brewers

Every fantasy player loves that middle-infielder who can rake at the plate while being an asset on the base paths. So far, Segura has been everything fantasy players hoped for when they drafted him as a sleeper on draft day. Thus far Segura is posting an impressive .416/.461/.611 slash line. While he doesn’t have any stolen bases yet, Segura should be able to swipe enough bags soon enough considering he swiped seven bags in 45 games last year. This week Segura and the Brewers will host the Giants (Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain) and the Cubs (Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman and Travis Wood).

Chris Johnson: Atlanta Braves

After starting the season 15-37 with one home run and four RBI’s, Johnson has made for a popular waiver-wire pickup. Johnson is at his best when he is facing lefties and this week Johnson will be opposed by the Pirates’ unimposing triumvirate of Jeff Locke, Wandy Rodriguez and Jonathan Sanchez. So the chances of Johnson rolling along appear strong. Johnson will also possibly face off against some other non-impressive righties in Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and James McDonald.

John Buck: New York Mets

If we are to buy into John Buck’s hype and his National League-leading 19 RBI’s (to go with six home runs), he can gain a lot more believers if he has a solid third week. Sure, he may do well in Coors Field against the likes of Juan Nicasio, Jeff Francis, Jon Garland and Jhoulys Chacin (if they even play the games) but come the end of the week Buck will be up against the likes of the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg. So, monitor the series against the Nats’ before plugging him in at catcher every day with confidence.


Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies

Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies

Dexter Fowler: Colorado Rockies

We finally might be witnessing the breakout year for Fowler we all have been waiting for as he has been maddeningly inconsistency for far too long. This year, whether it is home or away, he has been a godsend. Fowler is sporting an inspiring.297/.388/.723 slash line to go with six home runs, nine RBI’s, 10 runs and one stolen base. This week Fowler and the Rockies will face a light schedule with all games at home against the modest staffs of New York (Aaron Laffey, Jeremy Hefner, Jonathon Niese and Dillon Gee) and Arizona (Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy).

Prince Fielder: Detroit Tigers

There should be no surprise to see Fielder’s name here. He is one of the game’s most consistent and trusted sluggers. Fielder is leading the major leagues in batting average (.429) while leading the AL in RBI’s (19- tied with Chris Davis). Fielder will look to keep it going with six home match-ups against Seattle (Aaron Harang, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma) and Los Angeles (Garrett Richards, C.J. Wilson and Joe Blanton)

My name is Dan Stack and I live in Nyack, New York, which is about 20 miles north of New York City. I am a writer/blogger who is passionate about many things, namely sports. I am also very passionate when it comes to fantasy sports, whether it be baseball, football or basketball. You can find me writing/blogging here at,,, and I have also been the Managing Editor of my county's weekly newspaper (Rockland County Times). I hold a BA degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from C.W. Post University in Brookville, New York. I have other passion besides sports as I am big in to music, pop culture, dogs and and other fun stuff. I love New York and all that it has to offer. You can often find me writing/blogging, watching TV, attending movies or at a ballgame. E-Mail if you have any questions or comments.

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