Frequent readers know I have stressed how difficult it is to project young players when they are first promoted. Fantasy owners fall in love with rookies to a fault. Admittedly, I usually hesitate to go all in which has backfired at times.
I bring this up because of the early struggles by super prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The 20-year-old is batting .162 with just one RBI through his first 10 games. However, Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel hit three home runs during his first six games. I think Guerrero will figure it out and impact fantasy teams this season, but it just shows how difficult it is when it comes to rookies and projecting their performance.
Texas Rangers Reliever Chris Martin -- The early part of the season has been difficult in terms of closers in fantasy baseball as many teams are implementing a committee. However, it appears there is some clarity with the Rangers. They demoted Jose Leclerc and his apparent replacement, Shawn Kelley, has landed on the injury list. This brings us to Martin. The right-hander already has a save and has pitched well this season. It looks like Martin will get the first crack at closing and the team won't turn to Leclerc. Martin, at 9 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues, is the pitcher we must add off the waiver wire if you need saves.
Chicago Cubs Reliever Steve Cishek -- The Cubs are in need of a closer after Pedro Strop landed on the injured list. This could become a committee, but it should be noted that Cishek was asked to close out the Cubs' May 8 game against the Miami Marlins. He blew the save which adds to the uncertainty, but he has pitched well overall with a 3.18 ERA and has been a closer before in his career. I'll list Cishek as the fallback option if you miss out on Martin because of the chances manager Joe Maddon rotates the ninth inning while Strop is sidelined.
Detroit Tigers Starting Pitcher Spencer Turnbull -- The 26-year-old is on some kind of run, as he is pitching to a 2.31 ERA and has struck out at least five hitters in five of his first seven starts. The right-hander did appear in four games in 2018, and he had been solid throughout his minor-league career dating back to 2014. Turnbull won't provide elite strikeout numbers, but makes for a solid middle of the rotation option and is still under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues.
Los Angeles Angels Infielder David Fletcher -- This is top analysis, but I don't know how great of a player Fletcher is. However, I do know that he is batting .310 with 18 runs scored and is batting in front of Mike Trout. I also know that Fletcher is eligible at third base, second base and the outfield in Yahoo! Sports leagues. All of this adds up to a player that should be added to your fantasy team. The flexibility is crucial and even if he isn't a top performer, he will help balance your roster out. Fletcher has three home runs and three stolen bases as well, but we are adding him for his batting average, ability to score runs and the positional flexibility.