Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 4/17/12

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1. Tim Lincecum has been brutal to start the season (0-2,  10.45 ERA, 1.90 WHIP), but he still has a 4.00 K/BB ratio and pitchers’ velocity tends to pick up as the season goes along. If I owned him I would be a little worried, but I’m not selling him 50 cents on the dollar either.

2. Sure Daniel Bard can make batters swing and miss like no one else, but until he improves his control he can’t be relied upon in shallow, 10-team leagues. Seven walks in 6.2 innings is inexcusable.

3. Until Carl Crawford returns to the lineup, the Red Sox outfield is going to be a mess with Jacoby Ellsbury out for a couple of months. Cody Ross was already getting playing time before the injury and I like him as a 4th OF, but I don’t think I’m shocking anyone when I say you want no part of Darnell McDonald and Ryan Sweeney.

4. Speaking of injuries, Brian Wilson going to get elbow surgery leaves a spot wide open in the Giants bullpen. It remains to be seen who between Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla will close games, but expect them to trade opportunities until someone runs with the job.

5. Kendrys Morales hit his first home run since May 29, 2010 and remains a solid sleeper for 25 home runs, 85 RBI and a .280ish batting average. I’m buying.

6. Speaking of comeback first basemen, both Ike Davis and Justin Morneau contributed their own homers and, if healthy, should be very useful. In Morneau’s case, I don’t feel very confident that he can stay healthy, but seeing him play first base for the first time this year was a welcome sight.

7. He’s not quite ownable in shallow, mixed leagues just yet but Danny Duffy has been pretty impressive in his first two starts this year. His 10.66 K/9 is nice, but he doesn’t induce any ground balls (29.6 GB%) and he has been quite lucky in his first two starts in terms of LOB% (98.0%). He’s on my watch list.

8. Josh Willingham is a one-man show in the Twins offense so far this season and he should be owned in far more leagues than he is (82% Yahoo!). However, he is owned in 100 percent of ESPN leagues. While he might not get as many runs or RBI as he should, he has at least one hit in every game so far this season and has shown us early that his 29-home runs from last year are not a fluke.

9. Has Edwin Jackson taken that next step? He’s doing everything right from inducing ground balls (54.8 GB%) to not walking anyone (1.93 BB/9). Both numbers are much better than his career averages, but of course there’s a small sample size to take into account. It’s still a great sign, however, and if I was in the market for a starting pitcher I’d see if his owner was looking to sell a hot start.

10. Maybe the lone bright spot on an otherwise dim Astros team, J.D. Martinez has been on fire to start the year. He currently has a .333/.409/.641 slash, but a .400 BABIP shows that there will be regression in his future. Unfortunately with so many duds in the lineup around him (Carlos Lee excluded) runs and RBI are going to be hard to come by.

11. It’s only a matter of time before Anthony Rizzo gets another shot at the big leagues. He’s reunited with Theo Epstein, who apparently loved him enough to get him back after trading him away while with the Red Sox, and he is absolutely killing Triple-A pitching with two multi-homer games so far. Journeyman Bryan LaHair is not good enough to stand in the way.

12. Are we ready to believe in Chris Iannetta again? He’s showing stronger walk and strikeout rates than in the past which is encouraging, but he’s still Chris Iannetta. Once you are all-in he will go on a 1-for-30 drought with 15 strikeouts, leaving you with your palm on your face. As much as I want to buy him I just…can’t.

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