The basic rule of thumb that I follow is that it takes a least a month before you can draw a definite conclusion regarding fantasy stats.
Sure, there are exceptions when career numbers say a guy is good or is probably bad, but if you really believe in a guy don’t let his 3 for 20 start scare you away.
Of course, don’t hang onto someone you don’t have faith in. Don’t be afraid to take chances. If your risk doesn’t pan out, there’s always another chance to take.
Here are some guys for the more adventurous or those of you in deep leagues. The pitchers are great guys to consider for streamers.
(The number in parenthesis is the percentage a guy is owned in a standard Yahoo Sports league. Only guys owned in less than 10% of leagues will appear in the column.)
Ross Detwiler, SP/RP, Washington Nationals (3%)
I always like to err on the side of talent and the No. 6 pick from 2007 has always shown ability. His first start went well as he gave up just two hits and one walk to go with six Ks and he wasn’t bad last season holding opponents to a .258 BA in 66 innings. I always lean toward NL pitchers as well.
J.A. Happ, SP/RP, Houston Astros (1%)
So far in his career Happ is best known as the guy the Phillies traded for Roy Oswalt, which is not exactly a ringing endorsement. But he was one of the Phillies better pitching prospects and he has a decent K rate. If he could learn to limit his walks, which he did in his first start, he could be a useful streaming pitcher.
Andrew Cashner, RP, San Diego Padres (4%)
Right now he’s not a threat to closer Huston Street, but the fireballing right hander will get a shot when Street goes on his inevitable DL stint. He may not even give the job back due to his highly-publicized 98.5 mph fast ball average.
Travis Hafner, DH, Cleveland Indians (9%)
I realize it’s not 2006, but Hafner has been fairly productive in between DL stints the last couple years. It’s usually worth the risk on middle of the order guys. When you are scraping the bottom of the barrel opportunity is half the battle.
Juan Pierre, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (6%)
It’s probably early to start targeting steals, but Pierre has been that guy for as long as I can remember. It appears that his role is going to be leading off against right-handers, so that’s quite a few opportunities. Daily lineup leaguers could definitely do worse.