Fantasy Baseball: Give slumping players time to recuperate

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    The baseball season is finally here and with that fantasy baseball season has finally started.

    After weeks of drafting, looking at projections and making speculations, you now have the chance to see your hard work pay off on the virtual field.

    I was fairly successful in my first week with my teams, but there is always room to bolster your lineup. Be sure to check the waiver wire for some potential steals. Here are a couple that could be available in your leagues:

    New York Mets outfielder Daniel Murphy: This 24-year-old is already surpassing expectations. His projections for the season were to hit around .280 and maybe get double-digit home runs and steals. He hasn’t swiped his first bag of the year yet, but he already has two home runs and is hitting .294 in this young season. He is available in 74.2 percent of ESPN leagues.

    Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen: This guy was one of my favorites when he was in Philadelphia and St. Louis, but mostly because of his glove. Now he has started the year hot and is hitting .389 with two home runs and eight runs scored already. People are also starting to take notice as he has been picked up by 15.6 percent of ESPN leagues in the past week, but he is still available in 77.2 percent of leagues.

    Now is the perfect time to start making some trades and trying to catch people who are freaking out about star players starting the year slow. Here are some studs who aren’t having a great first two weeks and you could probably get at a bargain if you act fast:

    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins: This former MVP is slumping out of the gate, hitting .121, and he doesn’t have a steal or a home run yet. He will turn it around as that lineup begins to heat up.

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia: There will be some people who thought the numbers from his MVP season last year were a fluke and that the Red Sox lineup is not as good as it was last year. Well the lineup isn’t as good anymore, but Pedroia is no fluke. He will be just fine and you might be able to steal him for the right price now.

    Next week I will update you on some key injuries and suggest possible free agents to replace your hurt starters.

    Billy Wessels is a senior news-editorial major from Waxahachie.