Kevin Kiermaier - Tampa Bay Rays, OF (7% Owned) - Pretty soon, I’m going to have to stop dismissing Kiermaier as a light-hitting, 4th outfielder type. After slugging 10 HRs in limited time last season, Kiermaier is off to a hot start in 2015 and getting starter’s reps in centerfield. He can swipe a few bags, has shown solid pop, and always finds a way into the lineup. The well may dry up soon, but ride Kiermaier while he’s hot.
Yonder Alonso - San Diego Padres, 1B (3% Owned) - If you’re trying to recover from a Brandon Belt or James Loney injury in a deep league, Alonso is your perfect replacement. He has a similar game to both players - solid AVG, below average HR totals - and is locked into the 6th hole of a potent San Diego offense. He’s been hitting extremely well in the early going and his hot streak can help overcome some early injuries at 1B.
Jose Ramirez - Cleveland Indians, 2B/SS (6% Owned) - A favorite sleeper early in the season, Ramirez is a great MI option for the next few weeks. Ultimately, he’s sitting in Francisco Lindor’s seat, but in the meantime Ramirez can provide some sneaky power/speed value from both middle infield positions. He’s not in an ideal spot at the bottom of the Cleveland lineup, but he did hit from the #2 hole once this week so if Bourn or Kipnis struggle, he could get a crack at a more favorable position.
DJ LeMahieu - Colorado Rockies, 2B (5% Owned) - Off to a fast start? Check. Playing in Colorado? Check. Starting at a MI position? Check. LeMahieu has a lot going for him right now and I’m riding him in multiple leagues until he cools off. The Colorado team as a whole is off to a quick start, and I’m buying stock in any Colorado offensive player wherever I can get it. LeMahieu will provide a good chunk of SBs as well as a decent AVG and a few HRs.
Michael Taylor - Washington Nationals, OF (7% Owned) - I fully expect Taylor to not be eligible for this list next week or for the rest of the season. In fact, in most competitive leagues he’s already taken so I feel bad including him on this list, but he’s worth checking for. A catalyst on top of the Washington batting order, Taylor is going to provide a ton of speed and hopefully a decent amount of pop to boot. Grab Taylor wherever you can and enjoy the ride.
Tommy Milone - Minnesota Twins, SP (1% Owned) - Not super excited about recommending a Minnesota Twin starting pitcher, but I think Milone is worth getting some run early on in the season. It’s only been two years since Milone was truly fantasy relevant, and I’m thinking he can regain that form in Minnesota. He’ll definitely have some great streaming opportunities throughout the year, but I think Milone could be worth a full time roster spot in deeper formats.
Chris Heston - San Francisco Giants, SP/RP (2% Owned) - Matt Cain’s injury replacement, Heston got the Win in his first time through the rotation. Jake Peavy also has some injury concerns so as long as he’s pitching well, there should be opportunity for Heston to get a turn in the rotation every 5 games. The home ballpark is favorable, which is another point his favor. The WHIP might be shaky, and I don’t expect huge strikeout numbers, but he’ll throw valuable innings as long as he’s in the rotation.
Jumbo Diaz - Cincinnati Reds, RP (1% Owned) - A favorite reliever of mine, Jumbo has pitched incredibly well in an incredibly small sample size. He’s got no shot at the closer position as long as Aroldis Chapman is around, but Diaz is going to provide a ton of K’s and help lower your ratios. In Holds leagues he gets a bigger bump.
Brandon Morrow - San Diego Padres, SP/RP (6% Owned) - I was surprised to see Morrow still only at 6% owned as he recently got the 5th starter spot in San Diego. He’s going to give you a ton of K’s and if San Diego’s offense turns out to be as good as expected, he’ll get plenty of opportunities for a Win. He’s probably gone in competitive leagues, but take a look and pick him up if he’s there.
Brandon Cunniff - Atlanta Braves, RP (0% Owned) - Another reliever with no real shot at a Save situation, Brandon Cunniff is another guy you can plug in just to provide quality innings. Coming out of the Independent League (shoutout to the Southern Illinois Miners), Cunniff has looked great and should be a go-to option in the Atlanta bullpen.