You don’t have to be a young stud to help out a fantasy baseball team. I’ve got the numbers to support a few disappointing/forgotten players that can help you make noise in daily fantasy baseball games tonight.
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau -The appeal of this duo isn’t what it was only a few short seasons ago, but they should be on your radar tonight. They are facing Max Scherzer, an elite strikeout pitcher who has had some slight shoulder stiffness lately. The Twins twosome has combined for a .433 batting average against the righty with nearly 31% of their hits leaving the ballpark. Minnesota has not gotten their moneys worth since signing these two stars, and while this is a small consolation, it is enough to please daily fantasy baseball owners.
Torii Hunter – Albert Pujols has crushed Ryan Dempster from the days when they were NL Central foes, but Hunter will cost you less for similar upside. The veteran outfielder has recorded a hit in all 6 of his at bats against the surprisingly productive righty, knocking in 6 runs in addition to a perfect OBP. Hunter will be batting behind Pujols and MVP contender Mike Trout, meaning he should see plenty of pitches to drive. Hunter, 37, may be older than most players that produce in today’s MLB, but don’t overlook him tonight.
Ty Wigginton - Sleeper special. His career .262 batting average isn’t going to blow anybody away, but he has figured out the slop throwing Mark Buehrle. He’s batting an even .300 against the Marlins lefty, but the value comes in his power. Wigginton is the only Phillie to hit a HR against Buehrle, resulting in him leading the team in slugging percentage. One third of his hits have left the yard, and any player that provides power with that type of consistency against a pitcher is worth the minor investment for me.
Players to avoid:
BJ Upton – The 28 year old center fielder simply hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far in his career, and will not prove worth the investment in daily fantasy baseball games. His OBP this season (.300) wouldn’t rank in the top 20 in the MLB for batting average, a stat that is mind boggling given the raw skills of Upton. He faces Gavin Floyd in a game that means far more for the White Sox than it does for the Rays, giving Floyd a mental edge. Even if you don’t believe in the mental side of the game, Upton has recorded only 1 hit in 9 at bats against the righty.Is it possible that the fantasy baseball community saw Upton’s athleticism and automatically translated it to a better player than he will ever be?
St. Louis Cardinals not named Molina – They are already printing NL East championship shirts in Washington, and Edwin Jackson figures to give them a good chance at moving a game closer to that goal. If you subtract Yadier Molina from the equation, the team batting average drops 63 points to .178 against the righty. Matt Holliday is the only other player to hit a HR against Jackson, but with him striking out as often as he has recorded a hit, his value isn’t as high as his price tag in daily fantasy baseball leagues. Allen Craig, a top five player in the NL in both batting average and slugging percentage, and David Freese are both young players that provide St. Louis fans with extreme hope in the future, but neither has ever gotten a hit against Jackson. This game has the makings of a pitchers duel, not good news for fantasy owners, as these are two of the NL’s best lineups.