Fantasy Baseball: In The Batter’s Box

by Joe Bond

By: Joe Bond

Another week has passed since my last article and I want to announce that there will be some changes for the rest of the baseball season here at Fantasy Six Pack.  My good friend A.J. Applegarth will be joining the staff and helping out.  For now we are going to split up the work so that I will mostly discuss batters and he will discuss pitchers, but we will always leave room for the occasional more random article as we see fit.  You should expect to see his first article in the next few days.

Well now lets get to why you are really here.  As always with fantasy baseball players those some of those players that were flying off the waiver wire last week are working their way right back on it, and new players are emerging as the hot acquisitions. One lesson I have learned in playing years of fantasy baseball is don’t be afraid to drop a player you picked up just one week earlier when he was hot.  Remember that player was on the waiver wire for a reason and all players can get hot for a period of time, they will eventually cool off. It is your job as a fantasy owner to figure out when it’s the right time to cut them and move onto the next player who is on a hot streak.  We here at Fantasy Six Pack are here to help, but ultimately it's your team and you need to decide what is best for it.

Kyle Seager (3B - Sea) - I’m convinced if Seager played for a bigger market club he would be on a lot more fantasy teams.  As of right now he is only owned in 36% of ESPN leagues and I will say I am one of the 36%. In his last 15 games he has hit for a .341 avg, 3 HR, 13 RBI and 5 R.  He can run pretty well too with 3 steals on the year already but that should just be considered a bonus if you pick him up. There were worries that he wasn’t going to get enough playing time but with him swinging the bat like he is, no chance Seattle doesn’t find a way to keep him in the lineup.

Will Middlebrooks (3B - Bos) - Is currently playing in place of the injured Kevin Youkilis, who is out with a back injury.  Middlebrooks has played very well hitting .286 with 3HR and 9 RBI in just 7 games. Bobby Valentine has said Youkilis will get his starting spot back when he returns and Middlebrooks won’t be playing in the OF so there is a good chance he is sent back down to the minors. But while he is still here I would ride the hot bat.

Chris Johnson (3B - Hou) - I’m going to stick with my 3B theme here to start and mention Chris Johnson.  His average has cooled off this week but for the entire year Johnson is batting just under .300 with 4HR, 19 RBI and 15 R.  That is good enough to be ranked 12th on the ESPN player rater and in most 5X5 leagues he is the 8th best third baseman.  

Andres Torres (OF - NYM) - Torres has been on a tear since coming off the DL on April 30th.  In that span of time he has hit safely in 8 of his 9 games back for a .353 average.  He has also added 8 RBI and 7 Runs.  His career averages show this will not continue but there are few hitting better right now than Torres.

Andy Dirks (OF - Det) - Just as I say there are few hitting better than Torres, I get to Dirks who I think is hitting better. Since he started getting more regular playing time he has been nearly unstoppable at the plate.  In those 11 games he has a .432 avg, 3 HR, 9 RBI and 8 R.  He has been moved up into the 2-hole in the Tigers lineup and it's clearly paying off for him.

Ryan Doumit (C - Min) - Doumit has put together quite a nice week hitting 3 HR with 5 RBI and 4 R.  His average is something you could live without at .227, but for those of you who are rostering struggling catchers such as Wilson Ramos and J.P. Arencibia or in two catcher leagues then he is definitely worth adding.

J.D. Martinez (OF - Hou) - J.D started out this year hitting better than just about everybody, but wow did he cool off.  In this last 15, he has hit .061, only hit 2 RBI and nothing else. It's safe to say he is not worth being on anybody’s fantasy roster anymore.

Jason Kubel (OF - Ari) - I’m the first to admit I drafted Kubel in hopes he was going to get back to his numbers from a couple seasons ago and maybe better now that he was going to be with Arizona.  He started off really slow batting .200 by the middle of April so I dropped him. He then proceeded to hit well, raising his average all the way to .338 by the time May started but since then has been awful again. This last week was his worst yet, batting .100 with only a run to go along with it.  His name is keeping him owned in 87% of leagues, but I would get rid of him since there are so many other outfielders that are playing better than him on the year.

Colby Rasmus (OF - Tor) - One of two Blue Jays i’m going to discuss here.  Rasmus is owned in over 50% of leagues, but is another OF that is not producing.  Currently his batting average sits at .220 for the year with only 3 HR and 12 RBI.  His 2010 year is what makes him such an intriguing add because if he can get back to 23 HR then he is worth a spot, but his career numbers scream that it’s just not going to happen.

Adam Lind (1B - Tor) - Lind is really struggling at the plate batting .190 for the year with the same amount of HRs as Rasmus, 3, and has been moved down to 8th in the Blue Jay's lineup.  Lind is a player that for his career bats .264 but has shown he has plenty of power, which is what makes him ownable. The last three years his HR totals were 35, 23, and 26.  Now obviously we all want to see 35 again, but 25 is more likely and we would gladly take that. Unfortunately with how bad he is hitting right now I’m not sure he gets to that number this year and you can’t afford to own him if he doesn’t.

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