Late Slate: Wrapping up Fantasy's Opening Day

By R.J. White |

And with that, the first full day of the 2014 regular season is over.

Al Melchior, Scott White and Adam Aizer brought out some great instant analysis earlier Monday, but here's a few notes on the late news and performances that could affect your fantasy teams (and there's still time to get in on the action if you were waiting until your NCAA brackets were completely destroyed).

  • Jose Reyes lands on the DL for the second straight April, as it turns out he isn't quite over the hamstring injury he sustained during the last week of spring training. Hopefully, your team isn't like mine and you still have a free injured slot to use on him. Replacement options include Chris Owings and Jordy Mercer in mixed leagues.
  • My dynasty league team already includes six players on the DL, including Reyes. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping Grady Sizemore, Jesse Chavez and James Paxton are all as good as I think they can be.
  • Mike Trout homered in his first at-bat off ace Felix Hernandez. He's the favorite to win fantasy MVP and could even be the American League MVP if the Angels happen to deliver a playoff appearance (but only if that happens, obviously).
  • Marcell Ozuna posted mediocre numbers in the spring but picked things up as the season neared. That performance leaked into the regular season, as he knocked three hits, including one homer, on Monday. Feel free to overreact with this young, talented player -- someone in my dynasty league snapped him up halfway through the game.
  • Devin Mesoraco is a fine, young, talented player at a premium fantasy position, but he remains unowned in 69 percent of leagues, maybe because he began the season on the disabled list. He could be back this weekend, and despite his early injury, he remains a nice sleeper.
  • The closer landscape shifted for multiple teams earlier Monday, with Francisco Rodriguez and Matt Lindstrom scooping up saves. Then the late night came around, and Addison Reed and Jim Johnson both struggled in nonsave situations. Sergio Romo sweated out a save after giving up a leadoff home run and a no-out single in the ninth inning. None of those guys should have to worry about their jobs, but plenty of past closers have suffered through rough openers and gone on to lose the closing role soon after. Could we a guy like Reed or Johnson removed from the ninth inning this year?
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