5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Believe it or not, after Bryce Harper, nobody is averaging more DK points per game than Salty in 2016. It took the Tigers a little while to work him into the lineup on a daily basis, but since doing so, they’ve been rewarded with home runs in his last three games. On the season, Salty is hitting .300 with five homers and 14 RBI.
4. Manny Machado
Machado is off to an amazing start to the season, producing a hit in all 12 of his games. Sure, he’s a big name, but now being SS eligible makes him a huge value. The O’s have a fantastic offense this season and Machado’s hitting .392 with five home runs right in the heart of it.
3. Mark Trumbo
Did I mention the Orioles have a good offense this season? Trumbo has been the other major contributor for Baltimore thus far — .383/5 HR/11 RBI. With Chris Davis, Adam Jones and others on board this figures to be an offense that’s pumping out big numbers all season. Trumbo’s been the guy pulling through with some really clutch home runs early on, though.
2. Ian Kinsler
With Miguel Cabrera’s numbers fading, Kinsler has been picking up a lot of the slack. Kinsler’s never been a power guy, so the homers might not last (he has four), but he should keep hitting .345. If he does that, he’s going to have a great season. If he keeps the power up, he’ll have a monster season for a second basemen.
1. Daniel Murphy
Murphy is in a similar spot to Kinsler. Harper is going to keep getting all the hype in D.C., and rightfully so. However, we were lead to believe everything we saw from Murphy last postseason with the Mets was a fluke. Instead, he’s come out and hit a blistering .422 in his first 13 games — reaching base 26 times.
Other great value starts: Nomar Mazara (9.4 DK PPG), Neil Walker (9.2 DK PPG), Nick Markakis (9.2 DK PPG), Angel Pagan (9.1 DK PPG), Tyler White (9.0 DK PPG).
5. Logan Morrison
The Rays continue to be patient with Morrison and have left him up near the top of the order, but holy cow has he been bad. ZERO HR. ZERO RBI. The guy has TWO base hits this season (.054 batting average). If he doesn’t produce soon, Tampa’s going to need to make a change.
4. Chris Colabello
Colabello was one of the great stories of last season after working his way into the lineup on almost a daily basis and hitting well over .300. This season has been far more cruel — only two base hits in 26 at bats. Colabello hasn’t seen a lot of time yet (partially because Edwin Encarnacion was forced into the field while Josh Donaldson was injured) so maybe things will turn around for him when he’s playing on a consistent basis.
3. Russell Martin
“The Big Three” of Donaldson, Bautista and Encarnacion have picked up where they left off in 2015, but a lot of the other Blue Jays have been having a tough time duplicating last season’s results. Martin is one of the guys struggling most. The numbers get kind of repetitive with these struggling players — Martin is hitting .136 with no home runs and just three RBI. I guess in comparison to Morrison, Martin is red hot with six hits on the season.
2. Travis D’Arnaud
D’Arnaud has three hits in his last four games now, so maybe he’s finally finding his groove. But prior to that, Travis had just one hit on the season. The Mets’ bats have been scorching lately, but D’Arnaud hasn’t been able to join the party. With both him and Martin slacking, we’re being left with some limited options at catcher more than we’d like to be.
1. Prince Fielder
Prince just hit his second HR of the season and has driven in 13 runs now, but he’s still wildly overvalued. With a .173 average, it’s impossible to try and group Fielder with the elite first basement. He’s had scattered production unlike these other guys, but we need much more consistency.
Other poor value starts: Troy Tulowitzki (5.1 DK PPG), Brian Dozier (5.9 DK PPG), Freddie Freeman (6.2 DK PPG), Justin Upton (6.3 DK PPG), Jacoby Ellsbury (6.9 DK PPG)
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