- RP Bud Norris (St. Louis Cardinals): Expected closer Greg Holland has struggled early in the season, forcing St. Louis to look for other options to protect late inning leads. Norris has accumulated four saves early on the year, including the last five outs to clinch a victory over the Cubs Tuesday night. While it may not be for the entire season, one can expect Norris to be the St. Louis closer for the foreseeable future.
- 3B Christian Villanueva (San Diego Padres): While a .327 batting average isn’t necessarily overly impressive in the month of April, what has been impressive is his recent consistency. Villanueva is currently on a five game hitting streak that has seen the San Diego infielder go 9-16, accumulating to hitting a whopping .527. Owners may want to wait and see if this is simply a hot streak, or a sign of things to come in 2018.
- OF Stephen Piscotty (Oakland Athletics): Piscotty has been on an absolute tear in April, currently on an 8 game hitting streak that includes hitting an impressive .461 through the span. Piscotty has been known as streaky player in the past, and this very well could be one of those streaks. However if he continues to see the ball this well, owners may have to take note at one point or another. He’s worth keeping on your radar if you need depth in the outfield.
- SP Eduardo Rodríguez (Boston Red Sox): Rodríguez grabbed his first win of the season in his first start in 2018. The Boston hurler went 6 innings while allowing just a run on five hits. If Rodríguez can remain consistent, Boston should be able to give him plenty of run support throughout the season, and should be considered a reliable fantasy rotation option as he becomes more comfortable finding a rhythm.
SP Joey Lucchesi (San Diego Padres): The second Padre? Yes, this time from San Diego’s starting rotation as Lucchesi has pitched 6 innings in his previous two outings while picking up wins in both contests. Through four appearances his ERA currently sits at 1.66, so while it looks likely owners will be able to trust Lucchesi when it comes to producing numbers, he might have a tough time gathering wins/run support on a consistent basis. We still say he has more upside at this point, and recommend him as an immediate add.