There are certain players we know historically do not produce out of the gate, i.e. Mark Teixeira and David Ortiz. How about some fantasy baseball advice to help prepare for that potential early April skid. Below are some players that you can find late in rounds on draft day that will help your fantasy league stats while you are waiting for your stars to come to life, after they've been sipping pina coladas all winter.
Manny Ramirez: Let’s face it, Manny’s skills are declining, but never underestimate a motivated Manny. Joining the Tampa Bay Rays young squad should invigorate Manny plus playing to get to 3,000 hits. He might be the last Ramirez on the board after Aramis and Alexei.
Manny in April last 3 years:
2010: 7R 2HR 12RBI 0SB .415BA 1.159OPS
2009: 19R 5HR 15RBI 0SB .372BA 1.154OPS
2008: 18R 6HR 20RBI 1SB .343BA 1.011OPS
Kosuke Fukudome: April is the only month where he earns his absurd salary. Maybe he feels like he is still in Japan with the cold weather in Chicago. Who knows, but for some reason Kosuke always performs in April. He will be available at the very end of your draft so he is worth a speculative pick, just do not play him after April.
Fukudome is my Homie last 3 years:
2010: 13R 5HR 16RBI 1SB .344BA 1.084OPS
2009: 14R 4HR 15RBI 1SB .338BA 1.053OPS
2008: 22R 1HR 10RBI 3SB .327BA .837OPS
Carlos Pena: Pena will never give you the average, but one of the best(and worst) streak players in fantasy. A heavy diet of fastballs from National League pitchers might be the perfect medicine.
Pena in April last 3 years:
2010: 18R 5HR 22RBI 1SB .247BA .860OPS
2009: 14R 9HR 24RBI 0SB .256BA .968OPS
2008: 22R 6HR 15RBI 0SB .200BA .749OPS
Try not to fall into the trap of taking the hottest player in spring training because spring training at bats do not always translate over to regular season at bats. Pitchers are normally working on their pitches which means a lot of fat stuff being left out over the plate. Just ask people that bought the hype on Sean Rodriguez of the Tampa Bay Rays last year.