Fantasy sports: On the verge of explosion

Dan Uggla is someone to buy low in trade talks.

Now that we’ve reached the quarter pole of the season, some panic is acceptable regarding certain players. But not all players.

Each year, there is a group of slow starters that suddenly catch fire. Plucking those players from desperate owners before that explosion leads to titles. Here are guys to target in trade talks:

Uggla being ugly

Dan Uggla’s first year in?Atlanta has been a debacle so far, as he sported a .196 batting average heading into Wednesday night. But April has been Uggla’s worst month throughout his career and he has hit at least 30 homers in four straight seasons. We can safely expect at least 20 homers coupled with a rising batting average from the ex-Marlin.

The other Gonzo

Those that took Carlos Gonzalez over Adrian Gonzalez are now realizing their mistake. However, Cargo’s 2010 breakout was not a fluke. He was one of the best prospects in the game, plus he hits in Coors. Relax.

Hanley’s demise?

Hanley Ramirez has been a consensus top-three fantasy pick for five straight years for a reason. He’s still only 27 and remains one of the few threats for 25 homers and 25 steals. Send in some offers.

Top MLB Pickups

Fernando Salas RP, Cardinals
The Cards appear to have settled on Salas for now to hold down their closer’s job. He has the stuff.   

Danny Duffy, SP, Royals
In 344 minor league innings, Duffy has struck out 402 batters. Big prospect that has a chance to stick.

Coco Crisp, OF, Athletics
When Coco is healthy, there are few better at racking up steals. Has 15-homer power to go with it.


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