Springtime is in the past, Opening Day is right in the middle of the “dog days of summer,” and there isn’t enough time to debate hot and cold starts or sample sizes of data when constructing your fantasy baseball roster.
You need to be careful not to look too far into the future, whether you are drafting right now or getting ready for your first waiver period. In a normal season, those late-round draft picks or early free-agent claims can be spent on high-upside hopefuls, but this year is all about accruing as many at-bats and innings as possible and those can be found late in players often overlooked.
With the NL adopting the DH, there are few better role-players to draft than Washington’s Howie Kendrick. He was slotted to be the team’s primary DH this season, then teammate Ryan Zimmerman opted out of the season due to health concerns, so Kendrick also becomes part of the first-base platoon with lefty-swinging Eric Thames.
Normally a part-timer, Kendrick now brings his .294/.337/.431 slash line into a starting role with everyday at-bats and, as an added bonus in fantasy, also qualifies at first, second and third base, along with the middle- and…