Apr 3, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (12) bats in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Red Sox defeated the Orioles 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Early Season Fantasy Baseball Capsule: Red Sox

13 games into the season, the Boston Red Sox are off to a 5-8 start, but have lost a few close games and still look like one of the better teams in the league. It may take some time, and also some players to get a bit more healthy, but Boston should be able to rise in the standings over the coming weeks.

From a fantasy perspective, the Sox have been a bit disappointing as well. Here, we are going to take a look at which Red Sox players are trending upwards or downwards in the coming few weeks:

Trending Up

1B Mike Napoli: Similar to the start of last season, Napoli is leading the Sox in all of the major offensive categories. He should continue to keep his average up (.300) while driving in runs and hitting a few homers. He tends to tail off in July and August so now is the time to ride Napoli, and then try and move him after the all-star break.

SP Jake Peavy: With two solid starts under his belt, Peavy looks really comfortable as a member of the Sox this season. It took him a few starts to get going after he was acquired by the team, but Peavy eventually settled down and pitched well into the postseason. People forget how good Peavy can be, assuming he stays heathy. I don’t see him going down in an injury this week so try and get your hands on Peavy if you can.

Trending Down

OF Daniel Nava: Jackie Bradley Jr. is making a case to play every day for Boston. OF Shane Victorino is closer to coming back from his injury and Nava may be the odd-man out. He has struggled to hit so far this year, and looks frustrated at the plate. He will still get plenty of at-bats, seeing as he usually hits righties better than most, but if he continues to struggle, Bradley  can take his spot full-time by the end of the month.

SP Felix Doubront: So far this year, Doubront has looked like his old self, which is alright. However, he hasn’t made any noticeable progress in his first three starts of the year, still walking hitters and shying away from contact. I don’t think he will turn it around in the immediate future, and could be in danger of being replaced in the rotation some point this season.


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