Anybody can roster the big name players, but it is often the bargains that win fantasy baseball leagues. Here are a few sleepers to consider, and a few to stay far away from, as your fill in your daily fantasy baseball lineup.
Jason Bay – Not exactly a daily fantasy baseball stud this year, Bay has disappointed on many levels. But a Subway Series matchup with Andy Pettitte is just what the fantasy doctor ordered, as Bay boasts a career .438 average against the crafty lefty. As the Bombers showed in game one of this series, the ball flys out of New Yankee Stadium, and with Bay hitting in the vicinity of David Wright (who has also killed Pettitte in the past with a .476 average) he figures to have a shot at a long ball. If nothing else, the Mets outfielder should see plenty of hittable pitchers, and that’s all a you can ask for in a daily fantasy baseball game.
Michael Cuddyer – A matchup against Ervin Santana these days is a good place to start when looking for sleeper candidates in fantasy baseball. The Angels pitcher has been awful of late, giving up 16 runs and walking nearly a batter per inning over his last 3 starts. There figures to be Rockies on base as long as Santana is in the game, and Cuddyer (.333 career average) figures to have plenty of RBI chances. With Carlos Gonzalez looming (.500 average vs Santana) Cuddyer, like Jason Bay, should see plenty of pitches in run scoring situations.
Coco Crisp – The A’s speedster has shown signs of a live bat late this week, and a visit from the Diamondbacks Joe Saunders figures to allow the mini serge to continue. Crisp is a lifetime .292 hitter vs the Arizona starter, but 85.7% of his hits have gone for extra bases. He hit for the 2 day cycle from Thursday to Friday, showing that his bat might still have some pop in it after going 114 at bats without an extra base hit. I don’t have faith in Crisp in the long term, but the potential for one day value is there today.
Players to avoid:
Adam Jones – Cliff Lee (0-3 2.92ERA) is finding a groove, and the wins are on the way. The O’s top hitter has struggled against Lee in his career (.214 batting average) and while his record may not show it, Lee is on top of his game right now. He has struck out 19 batters and only walked 3 over his last 2 starts, and is a good bet to keep Baltimore’s bats silent today.
Alex Gordon – I love the Royals offense and how they’ve built it up, but the often wild AJ Burnett has dominated Gordon, and with Burnett pitching well, that trend should continue when the two matchup today. Gordon has 3 hits in 18 career at bats against the Pirates righty and has struck out 5 times. In fact, Burnett mows down the current Royals, holding them to a .213 team average. The Royals offense is trending upwards, but for one day, I’d sit their young guns and look elsewhere for production.