DJ LeMahieu(COL): Making his second appearance on the Who’s Hot list, LeMahieu is leading MLB in hitting through 20 games at .406. He doesn’t hit for any power, 5 extra base hits(1 HR), and doesn’t steal many bases so he isn’t a great fantasy player but if DJ can hold around a .300 average this year he would be worth a spot on your roster.
Dee Gordon(MIA): Dee is hitting an even .400 through 21 games with the Marlins this season. Like LeMahieu he doesn’t hit for any power with 6 extra base hits and no home runs but he can steal bases. Gordon has 8 SBs but has also been caught 6 times. He is a treat to steal 40+ bases this year as long as he can keep getting on base.
Joey Votto(CIN): Votto has surprised everyone outside of the Reds clubhouse so far this year after coming back from a knee injury last season. He has 7 HRs through 20 games and in an injury plagued season last year he only hit 6 in 62 games. Votto is going to hit for a high average and if he can continue to provide power, he would be a guy we’d look to make a trade for.
Ryan Zimmerman(WAS): Hitting .205 through 21 games this season. Zimmerman is experiencing some foot problems, according to Dan Kolko, which can’t help his early season numbers but if this discomfort continues I don’t see him getting any better. If you own Zimmerman, we’d suggest you look for a trade or have a back up plan ready before he hits the DL(maybe).
Adrian Beltre(TEX): Our #1 3B going into the year has really struggled early in the season. He is hitting an even .200 through 20 games. He has 2 HRs and 2 RBIs(yikes!). An interesting stat is Beltre only has 7 K’s so he is putting the ball in play without results. I wouldn’t panic and drop or trade him yet but if this continues for another couple weeks, don’t be afraid to look for a trade partner.
Edwin Encarnacion(TOR): Hitting .188 to open the season with 4 HRs/10RBIs and 16 K’s. Encarnacion is going to add pop to your fantasy lineup so not much concern here unless his average stays under .200 well into May.
George Springer in 20 games (3 HRs/11 RBIs/.197 AVG/30 K’s)
Chris Carter in 19 games (2 HRs/6 RBIs/.176 AVG/26 K’s)
Evan Gattis in 18 games (2 HRs/7 RBIs/.162 AVG/23 K’s)
Those last three names are all from the AL West leading Houston Astros! Baseball is a funny game at times.