There’s no hotter player than Vernon Wells in fantasy baseball right now.
The Blue Jays slugger is putting all the preseason doubts to rest by mashing four home runs in his team’s first three games.
A small change in his swing has afforded him better timing and he’s taken advantage, going 6-for-10 with six runs and seven RBIs. He’s on a 216-homer pace. Like with Garrett Jones, we’re ready to believe.
The nine other most notable performances in fantasy baseball from Thursday:
Ronnie Belliard – The 35-year-old belted a homer among his three hits and had four RBIs. He was one hit short of the cycle. He also flubbed twice in the field in place of 3B Casey Blake, who had five errors in all of 2009. Don’t expect Belliard’s greatness to last.
Daric Barton – Had three hits and four RBIs. Remember, this guy was once a highly touted prospect. He’s only 25 and available in only 99 percent of Yahoo leagues.
CJ Wilson – After one start, Rangers look like geniuses for moving Wilson into the rotation. He struck out nine and allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings. He got a no-decision.
Miguel Cabrera – Went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. Fantastic day for one of Chinstrap Ninjas first basemen targets for 2010.
Grady Sizemore – Went 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBIs. We said he was ready to bounce back in 2010.
Bronson Arroyo – Another solid performance in an ND for a pitcher — Arroyo went 8 innings, struck out six and walked three. He allowed just one run and scattered four hits. He took a line drive off his calf and his streak of never missing a start may be in jeopardy.
Magglio Ordonez – Went 3-for-4 with three runs and a solo homer. This is the season where I eat my words for talking down Magglio and Wells. You can expect Josh Hamilton to break out any day now.
James Loney – Loney hadn’t exactly been hitting the cover off the ball, so those of you rostering him should be happy he went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. For me, he doesn’t hit enough homers out of the 1B slot.
Jim Thome – Went 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs, three RBI and a walk. Too bad he only plays DH… and he’s 40.
A couple other starting pitchers had very solid outings and a few closers were impressive in some saves. What missed the cut and deserves to be on the list? Let us know in the comments.