I assume many of your leagues are like mine. At this time in the season, teams are starting to lock into position in the standings. I have a 12-team league and, fortunately, am in a momentary three-way battle for the early lead. There's one game separating the top three teams. Meanwhile, last year's champ is just a few games behind us and is still a big threat to catch us. Like something you might see at the end of this Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the 12 teams are starting to stretch out.

At this point in June, with a long way to go, it is way too early to bask in present glory or mope about past failures. Unlike fantasy football, the baseball free-agent talent pool is a bottomless well. At any point in time, you can replace your bottom-feeding players with fresh arms and bats from the waiver wire. Properly managed, a team doing poorly now can reverse its fortunes and start to gain ground on the leaders.

Here are some batters that may be better than some on your roster right now.  

SS Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants

  • Preseason rank: 291
  • Last 30 days rank: 21
  • Ownership percentage: 65
  • Last 30 days 5x5 stats: 15-4-17-1-.412

SS/OF Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers

  • Preseason rank: 1,325
  • Last 30 days rank: 37
  • Ownership percentage: 23
  • Last 30 days 5x5 stats: 19-5-20-2-.260

OF Brandon Nimmo, New York Mets

  • Preseason rank: 352
  • Last 30 days rank: 46
  • Ownership percentage: 58
  • Last 30 days 5x5 stats: 16-6-11-5-.272

1B/2B/3B/OF Derek Dietrich, Miami Marlins

  • Preseason rank: 497
  • Last 30 days rank: 58
  • Ownership percentage: 23
  • Last 30 days 5x5 stats: 14-4-14-1-.377

OF Jon Jay, Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Preseason rank: 443
  • Last 30 days rank: 76
  • Ownership percentage: 17
  • Last 30 days 5x5 stats: 18-1-11-2-.348

All of these players are available in at least 33 percent of leagues. Some are versatile and able to be used in several lineup slots. If you want to grab one or more of these guys, move fast. If you procrastinate, you lose the element of “surprise” and allow some other owner in your league to beat you to them.

MLB stats and rankings accessed via Yahoo Fantasy Baseball. Updated through midday June 7.

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