Return of the Mack: Players Shaking Off Slow Starts That Should Be On Your Fantasy Team

April stats: 5 GS, 1-4, 25.2 IP, 20 K, 5.96 ERA
*Last 14 days: 3 GS, 1-0, 19 IP, 15 K, 1.89 ERA

After spending the majority of the past few seasons on and off of the DL, history is telling us that it’s only a matter of time before Bedard ends up taking another trip back. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the present, though! The veteran is getting into a nice groove and still showing flashes of the high-frequency punch-outs we all remember so well. If only the M’s could hit a baseball…  

Julio Borbon

April stats: .232 BA, 4 R, 7 RBI, 2 SB,  .290 OBP
*Last 14 days: .351 BA, 5 R, 7 RBI, 4 SB, .351 OBP

With all of the injuries to the Rangers’ outfield, Borbon needed to step up, and he has. He’s shaking off the slow start and emerging as the premier waiver wire pickup for those in need of stolen bases. Say goodbye to the former king of the basepaths in Juan Pierre (6 SB and 8 CS), and add the fresh legs of Borbon.

Homer Bailey

April stats: DL
*Last 14 days: 2 GS, 2-0, 13 IP, 12 K, 0.69 ERA 

He’s only had two starts this season, both against the Astros, so we can’t have too much of a man crush on Bailey… yet. We’ve always raved about the mega upside he hasand this time it might actually be legitimate. He had a 3.55 ERA after the break last year and looks to have carried that over to this season. Take a flyer.

Nick Markakis

April stats: .204 BA, 11 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB, .275 OBP
*Last 14 days: .255 BA, 5 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB, .300 OBP – Note: Markakis just went 3-6 last night, and those numbers aren’t included.

A bit of a sticky situation here. Markakis isn’t as bad as his April numbers, but he’s also not as good as his 2007 numbers: 23 HR, 112 RBI, 18 SB... What happened to that Markakis? Anyway, with that said, he’ll straighten out some of his numbers, but keep your expectations in check.

Madison Bumgarner

April stats: 5 GS, 0-4, 23.1 IP, 16 K, 6.17 ERA
*Last 14 days: 3 GS, 0-2, 19 IP, 19 K, 0.95 ERA 

After a stellar rookie season and even better World Series performance, Fantasy owners were expecting the world from the 21-year-old in 2011. Shame on those who grew impatient and dropped Bumgarner after his poor start. Still winless as a result of some bad luck, but expect that to change. 

Chone Figgins

April stats: .214 BA, 12 R, 10 RBI, 3 SB,  .261 OBP
*Last 14 days: .333 BA, 6 R, 4 RBI, 4 SB, .395 OBP

The fact that Figgs has eligibility at both 2B and 3B is always an added bonus but this year it means even more than in the past, particularly at 3B. Pedro Alvarez has let many of us down, and injuries to Evan Longoria, Ryan Zimmerman, and Pablo Sandoval have made the hot corner one of the scarcest positions in Fantasy. Consider Figgins your best alternative.