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Fantasy Sports: Time to Trust or Bust

Bryce Harper, OF/Washington Nationals:

The teenager who has ignited a fan base is certainly an intriguing fantasy option. In dynasty leagues, hold on to Harper and hold on tight because it seems like he is a monster in the making.

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He hustles, he shows a good stroke to the opposite field and he has made several dazzling defensive plays, not to mention stealing home the other night. All of this is precisely why he should be traded in yearly leagues.

Harper will never live up to the mammoth expectations especially now that the pressure will be dialed up with Jayson Werth out for at least three months.

Verdict:

BUST. Capitalize now before the inevitable first slump.

Chris Davis, 3B-1B/Baltimore Orioles:

Pitching prowess aside, I have always been a big fan of Davis. Monster power has always intrigued me and now Davis has seemingly improved his swing to a point where he can reach his potential.

Davis will have slumps, but I believe the confidence of knowing he will be out there every day is paying dividends for him.

Verdict:

TRUST as a corner infielder in mixed leagues.

Albert Pujols, 1B/Anaheim Angels:

I'm not saying Pujols is the 2012 version of Adam Dunn but it is time to wonder if this may be a down year for him. One homer in over 100 at-bats is definitely cause to worry.

While Pujols could go on a hot streak at any moment, it is hard to envision him putting together a vintage season after such a tough start. That being said, dynasty owners would be smart to invest because he is likely to keep it going in the future, even if this season is a blip.

That being said, any smart owner will bank on Pujols' awesome resume and try to use name value to pull off a heist.

Verdict:

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BUST. Trade Pujols on name value and enjoy the benefits of getting multiple pieces back in return.

Brandon Morrow, SP/Toronto Blue Jays:

The coming of age is here for Toronto's new ace. Two straight starts without a walk is a big deal for Morrow and although his strikeout rate has lowered it won't stay that way.

With increased control comes an ability to take more risks outside of the strike zone and hitters will have to respect his power slider. I'm fully confident that Morrow is on the way to becoming a truly elite option on the bump.

Verdict:

TRUST.

Tim Lincecum, SP/San Francisco Giants:

For the first time since I became a fantasy baseball nut, I am completely perplexed. The Freak looks lost on the mound at times, but then he blows the ball by hitters.

He's using his slider less, but he has a history of early season struggles. Taking risks has won me titles and helped transform teams into contenders and Lincecum is a guy I think taking a risk on is worth it.

Verdict:

TRUST. Every once in a while you have to take a chance and Lincecum is worth the leap.

Bryan LaHair, 1B/Chicago Cubs:

The power stoke is undeniable and so is his inability to hit lefties. Cubs manage Dale Sveum has protected him from lefties so far and LaHair has been showing off his power.

As long as the Cubs protect him, LaHair could make a run at 30 homers and be a huge bargain for owners. Often labeled a Quad-A player, he is bucking the trend and holding his own at the big league level.

Verdict:

TRUST as long as he is facing a righty.

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