Vernon Wells tearing it up, but will it last? 

April, 30, 2013
Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees got clubbed at home by the Houston Astros 9-1 Monday night, a reminder for many that spot-starting in fantasy even against the league's worst offenses can occasionally backfire (ask Brandon Maurer about facing the lowly Astros as well), and ultimately I'm not too concerned about the ol' lefty pitcher, who brought a 2.22 ERA into the game, or his contending team. Hey, it's one game, and the Astros can't lose 'em all.

But another bright spot for those in pinstripes was outfielder Vernon Wells, who singled twice in three at-bats, knocked in the team's lone run and even drew a walk, all out of the No. 3 lineup spot. The once-forgotten and certainly vilified Wells is hitting .307 and is finally owned in 100 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues, after being mostly undrafted. It's not surprising that many view Wells as a clear sell-high choice in fantasy based on his past few seasons, but is he really?

Well, it's been a while since Wells was this relevant, but if you want to talk about one of April's most pleasant surprises, he certainly qualifies. Wells is among the top 20 outfielders on ESPN's Player Rater. Think about how unlikely that would have been a month ago, when people thought the Yankees were nuts to acquire him from the Los Angeles Angels, regardless of the relatively small (in the big picture) financial commitment.