Here are three risers and fallers recently on the fantasy baseball scene.
1. Houston Astros Third Baseman Alex Bregman -- It was a big week in the home run department for the third baseman, as Bregman hit five of them. Bregman also chipped in with 10 RBIs and a .280 batting average. I'm a big fan of Bregman and think he has an MVP-type season in him at some point in his career. It's great to see his May start off strong, and he will continue to be a consistent fantasy performer.
2. Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher Jake Odorizzi -- Other than back-to-back starts in early April in which the right-hander allowed a total of seven earned runs, Odorizzi has been a steady performer for fantasy owners. The veteran has allowed just three earned runs during his last four starts while striking out 23. In this state of fantasy that has starting pitchers getting injured and others not living up to their draft day status, it's comforting knowing a later-round selection in Odorizzi is pitching well.
3. Boston Red Sox Infielder Michael Chavis -- It has been an incredible start for the 23-year-old rookie, as Chavis is hitting .333 with six home runs and 13 RBIs in just 15 games played. It goes without saying that Chavis should be added in all formats as we need to get a piece of this hot start. Chavis has been a top-100 prospect and hit 31 home runs in the minors in 2017, so the talent is there. The Red Sox may have thought Chavis was only going to be in the majors temporary until injured players returned, but he's proving that he needs to be in the lineup on a consistent basis.
1. St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt -- The first baseman collected two hits May 5, which is hopefully a good sign, but the veteran collected just five hits for the week and did not hit a home run. Goldschmidt does have nine home runs on the season, but six of those have been against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals don't play the Brewers again until August, so Goldschmidt needs to find a new team to pick on and get his season back on track. We know he's one of the more productive hitters in baseball, but it is alarming that he has only had success against one opponent in 2019.
2. Washington Nationals Starting Pitcher Patrick Corbin -- It has been a rough two starts for the left-hander, as he has allowed nine earned runs while walking seven. Those two starts have inflated the ERA from 2.48 to 3.71. Corbin was locked in prior to these starts and he wasn't awful in his last start despite the three walks and three earned runs. Fantasy owners should still feel confident in Corbin, and the strikeouts will always be there as well.
3. St. Louis Cardinals Third Baseman Matt Carpenter -- Two offensive players on the Cardinals making this list is probably why this team has lost four in a row. Carpenter only collected six hits this past week while striking out 13 times. Carpenter's average is down to .214 and has just seven RBIs this season. This isn't the first time Carpenter has struggled to start the season, as the left-handed hitter was batting .155 on May 1 in 2018. Carpenter salvaged that season by batting .257 with 36 home runs. We stress patience, and we might have to be patient once again with Carpenter.