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Fantasy Baseball In The Batter’s Box: Categories

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By: Joe Bond

I need help with X category, what do I do?  I have heard that and asked myself that question a million times.  Well I’m here today to tell you the three best players in each hitting category that should be available in your league.

Runs

David DeJesus (OF – ChC) – DeJesus has been coming on strong lately with 9 runs in the last 15 days which put him at 25 on the season.  he is also batting .333 during that span and hit 6 RBI.  He is only owned in 17.7% of ESPN leagues but it’s starting to climb. If you need help with runs and average the time to get him is now.

Zack Cozart (SS – Cin) – I have discussed Cozart before, although that was early on when he was hitting close to .400, but he still is a reliable hitter for those who need run support. On the year he has 23 runs, and I list him here first because he also offers the most power out of the three with 5 HR and 11 RBI.  

Marco Scutaro (SS/2B – Col) – He has the same number of runs on the year as DeJesus, 25, but he has no where near the RBI as either of the players above.  What he also offers is a low end stolen base addition with 3 on the year and a moderate average at .252. Lets be honest though you are only adding him if you need runs, and he is good for that.

Honorable Mention: Gregor Blanco(OF- SF), Bobby Abreu(OF/DH – LAA), Willie Bloomquist(SS/OF – Ari)

HR
Wilson Betemit (3B – Bal) – Believe me as an O’s fan I’m surprised he is at the top of my list here.  However Betemit has come on strong lately and totaled 7 HR on the year, 3 in the last 15.  His batting average is terrible at .221 but he also has a healthy number of RBI with 22 and runs at 18. If you can stomach the average he looks to be a solid addition.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C – Bos) – He has the best average out of the three here at .273, but I had to give my O’s the love first.  Either way he also has 7 HR and is hitting very well lately with 9 RBI and a .333 average in the last 15.  It is tough to add him because of his catcher eligibility, but if you are in a deep or two catcher league I would go get him.

Dayan Viciedo (OF – CWS) – The most owned out of the group at 41.1%, Viciedo also sits at 7 HR for the year.  He only has 15 RBI and 12 runs on the year but 11 and 8 of those have come in the month of May so it seems he is really starting to heat up.  The window to get him in your league might be closing soon.

Honorable Mention: Mike Carp(1B/OF – Sea), Danny Espinosa(2B – Was)

RBI

J.P. Arencibia (C – Tor) – I could have put Arencibia in the home run category as well since he has 7, but he has the most RBI out of anybody available on the waiver wire with 26. Most of this has come lately with 5 HR and 11 RBI coming in the last 15, not to mention 9 runs. His average is not good sitting at .246, but there are far worse options out there right now.

J.D. Martinez (OF – Hou) – Just like Cozart, Martinez started out the year as one of the hottest hitters. However he got so cold his ownership dropped from the high 80’s to now 21.5. He is starting to pick things back up though and has 25 RBI on the year.  You won’t get much else from him, but the Houston offense is better than we thought so the RBI should still come.

A.J. Ellis (C – LAD) – Another catcher hits this list, and its one of the best hitting catchers in baseball right now.  He is hitting .327 on the year and has 20 RBI.  He also has a little bit of power with 4 HR and added 16 runs. I dropped Avila for him just last week and never looked back.

Honorable Mention: Travis Hafner(DH – Cle), Ryan Doumit(C/DH – Min)

SB
Tony Campana (OF – ChC) – Campana has only played in 30 games and already has 12 stolen bases.  A lot of those came early when he first arrived but he is on pace to steal 64 bases in a 162 game season.  That of course like most speedsters adds to a lot of runs as well, and he has 13 in that time. He has the best average out of this group, hitting .302 so he gives you that as well.  If you need speed on your team, there might not be anybody else better on the waiver wire.

Jordan Schafer (OF – Hou) – Schafer has swiped 13 bases this year and has also added 22 runs. He doesn’t add much anything else and is a very streaky hitter, only hitting .248 on the year, but very good for stolen bases and runs.

Gerardo Parra (OF – Ari) – Kind of an under the radar player for the Diamondbacks, but is playing overall very well.  Of course I’ll mention the steals, 10 on the year, but he also has 22 runs and 14 RBI (most of this group).  His batting average leaves you wanting more but those aren’t bad numbers for somebody mostly known for his speed

Honorable Mention: Jemile Weeks(2B – Oak), Elliot Johnson(SS – TB), Tyler Greene(2B/SS – StL)

AVG
Alcedes Escobar (SS – KC) – Escobar is batting very well with an average of .305 on the year and in the last 15 is batting even better with a .385 average.  He doesn’t provide much in the power department but does have 7 stolen bases on the year to give you a boost in stolen bases.

Chris Davis (3B/1B – Bal) – A very streaky hitter but when he is on he is one of the best hitters in the league.  On the year he has a .294 average but also provides a lot of help in the other categories with 6 HR, 20 runs and 17 RBI.  If you can catch him on one of his hot streaks you’ll be very glad you did.

Yonder Alonso (OF/1B – SD) – Batting a cool .300 on the year he will definitely help you in that department.  Other than that though you won’t get much help for your team.  But hey this is the average category so you aren’t reading this section because you wanted an overall player.

Honorable Mention: David Nava(OF – Bos), Kirk Nieuwenhuis(OF – NYM), Chris Johnson(3B – Hou)

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @fantasysixpack, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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