Justin Morneau was one of the gameâ€™s biggest offensive forces from 2006 â€“ 2009, but the last three plus seasons have been a struggle.Â He is far from peak form and fantasy owners are growing increasingly impatient.Â Meanwhile, an unexpected catalyst in Bostonâ€™s hot start is gaining notoriety.
Daniel Nava:Â He was supposed to be a part time player, but he hasn’t missed a game since April 19th.Â He is connecting well and currently sports a 29.6% line drive rate along with a 19.0% HR/FB%.Â The switch hitter has a career 117 wRC+ when facing right handed pitching and a 77 against southpaws.Â He is likely a short term solution, but a viable one.
Drop for him:Â Colby Rasmus, Jon Jay, Alfonso Soriano
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Lucas Duda, Gerardo Parra, Norichika Aoki
Lorenzo Cain:Â The popular sleeper from 2012 is off to a hot start, reaching base nearly 40% of the time.Â His BB/K has improved from 0.27 to 0.43, but other indicators are not as encouraging.Â His ISO has dropped from .153 to .132 and his SB/CS ratio is only 2/3.Â He is talented enough to merit consideration.
Drop for him:Â Vernon Wells, Starling Marte, Jason Kubel
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Brandon Moss, Alejandro de Aza, Brett Gardner
Yuniesky Betancourt:Â He batted cleanup over the weekend, but that speaks more to Milwaukeeâ€™s lack of depth than anything else.Â Betancourtâ€™s BB/K is relatively unchanged, but his HR/FB is three times his career average.Â It is hard to picture him being relevant in standard mixed leagues a month from now.
Drop for him:Â Marco Scutaro, Dan Uggla, Emilio Bonifacio
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Josh Rutledge, Rickie Weeks, Danny Espinosa
Patrick Corbin:Â He is pitching over his head now, but there are some solid skills backing his results up.Â He has a career 3.31 K/BB and 3.72 xFIP.Â This year his first strike rate is 72.8%, up from 58.6%.Â He belongs on a roster in any size league.
Drop for him:Â Barry Zito, Brandon Morrow, Jeremy Hellickson
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Jon Niese, Ervin Santana, Yovani Gallardo
Justin Morneau:Â Â He was a speculative pick in most mixed formats and the first few weeks do not hint at a return to MVP form.Â His .105 ISO is on level with his horrid 2011 season and his current 98 wRC+ is 17thÂ among first basemen.Â Add up his runs and RBI and the total is only sixteen.Â The Twins are 24th in runs scored.
Drop him for:Â Yonder Alonso, Kendrys Morales, Ike Davis
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Adam Dunn, Brandon Belt, Chris Carter
Jon Jay:Â He hit an 0-21 skid recently and is sitting at .226/.248/.357.Â He is being more aggressive, his 31.8% O-Swing% and 47.2% Swing% are above 2012 levels.Â He has little power and is not the most successful base stealer.Â When he is in a slump he is expendable.
Drop him for:Â Domonic Brown, Chris Carter, Peter Bourjos
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Chris Young, David Murphy, Drew Stubbs
Brett Anderson:Â He has three consecutive losses without registering a quality start.Â A sprained ankle will prevent him from taking his next turn.Â His control is certainly off, his BB/9 stands at 4.94 and his first strike rate is 51.4%, off from his 57.6% career level.Â He is still inducing ground balls, and all his indicators are under 4.00 despite a 7.23 ERA.Â He is worth stashing if at all possible.
Drop him for:Â Jose Quintana, Carlos Villanueva, Hisashi Iwakuma
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Ryan Vogelsong, Wandy Rodriguez, Jose Fernandez
Kelvin Herrera:Â He briefly held the closerâ€™s job before succumbing to gopheritis.Â He is a fly ball pitcher, and a 33.3% HR/FB will lead to a bloated 5.23 ERA and two meltdowns.Â On the positive side he is striking out 14.81/9 and his SwStr% is 16.2%.Â He is worth hanging onto in twelve team leagues or larger.
Drop him for:Â Kevin Gregg, Jose Veras, Edward Mujica
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Jose Valverde, Carlos Marmol, John Axford