Well, it never fails that after I publish a post something happens to completely contradict it. Matt Thornton was brought in the eighth inning yesterday and although many are brushing it off as manager Robin Ventura's indecisiveness over the closer role, I can't help but speculate that he thinks Thornton is not the guy. Of course, way to early to make a hasty decision in fantasy but it raises a red flag for me. At this point in the season I would say err on the side of caution when dropping a player. Guys with talent like Thornton's can come back to haunt you if you jump ship too early.
In other action:
Both Ian Kinsler and Evan Longoria went long in their first action of the regular season. Kinsler owners know the drill by now: if he's healthy the Rangers 2B is a stud fantasy player. Longoria gets plenty of love in fantasy circles but this really could be the season he transforms into a top 5 player. He's been around a while and is just now entering his prime years. Oh and he's scary good.
James Shields didn't look as good but don't panic. He's due for a bit of a regression from his superstar numbers of a season ago. His skills are still top quality and if his owner is eager to move him, I'd be buying.
An interesting bounce back candidate could be Chone Figgins. The Mariners continue to bat him lead off and he rewarded them last night with a 3 for 4 outing with an SB. For deep leagues only right now.
This is a great start to the season with another home run for Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes who should be owned in all leagues. He's a very talented Cuban import who boasts power and a bit of speed.
Lastly for today, do not sleep on Raul Ibanez, he could have a very solid year in NY. Dismiss the age a bit and note that he had a poor year for BABIP in 2011. Yankee Stadium caters to left handed power and there might not be a better line up in the American League.