The first true benchmark in the fantasy baseball season is here with Memorial Day being a nice time to fully analyze your team. We are always tweaking and will continue to do so for the remainder of the season, but now fantasy owners should take a hard look at making tough decisions.
Roster regret is a real thing, but if a player hasn't been productive for two months, the right decision is to move on.
1. Colorado Rockies Third Baseman Nolan Arenado -- Arenado benefits from playing in Coors, but he is a dynamic player even when on the road. However, it's always nice when we get the stud hitter to have a long homestand like the one he is currently on. Arenado hit four home runs during the weekend against the Orioles and is now batting .336 with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs. Arenado is on pace to having another monster season for fantasy owners.
2. Houston Astros Starting Pitcher Brad Peacock -- The right-hander is on an impressive run, as he has allowed just one earned run in his last four starts. His ERA was 5.28 after his May 2 start, but now it's 3.19. Peacock has racked up strikeouts during this span as well as he has had at least eight in three of those four starts. This should be a nice back-end rotation piece moving forward.
3. Minnesota Twins Outfielder Max Kepler -- The 26-year-old is putting together a solid season, as he is hitting .281 with 12 home runs, 33 RBIs and 35 runs scored. Kepler is leading off on most nights for a dynamic Twins offense, which is a huge boost for fantasy owners. I wish Kepler would steal more bases (he only has one), but the Twins are scoring at incredible rate so they don't need to take many risks on the basepaths.
Regardless, we have a real chance to see Kepler score 90 runs, drive in 100 runs and hit close to 30 home runs. In March, Kepler was highlighted as an
, and I wrote that I won't be crazy to say he will hit 30 home runs. Well, I should have been a little crazy as that is real possibility.
1. Philadelphia Phillies Right Fielder Bryce Harper -- The struggles continue for Harper, as he struck out 11 times and collected just five hits during the last week. The on-base percentage is still strong if you play in that type of format, but his .227 batting average is killing fantasy owners. The nine home runs are not helping, either. A hot streak is coming, but it needs to happen soon.
2. Chicago Cubs Starting Pitcher Yu Darvish -- The dynamic pitcher that helped fantasy owners for years is nowhere to be found. Darvish is pitching to a 5.40 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. The season has been extremely inconsistent and even though he at times has looked good and helped in the strikeout category, the overall stats are killing fantasy teams. This is one of the decisions we must make two months in; there is too much bad that we just have to cut bait.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates Starting Pitcher Chris Archer -- Our favorite pitcher featured many times on "Three Down" cracks the list again, as he has allowed 19 earned runs in his last four starts. This has inflated his ERA from 2.74 to 5.75. I thought maybe Archer was finally going to find the consistency that caused him to be one of the better arms in baseball early in his career. However, he has reverted back to the extremely frustrating pitcher.