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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
FANTASY BASEBALL HIT AND RUN: UNDER THE RADAR SLUGGERS MORE VALUABLE THAN EVER
We all know about how fantasy baseball has seen a dramatic shift over the last ten years from a league dominated by big time sluggers to now seeing those who throw the baseball earning a distinct advantage. The 2011 season has been one of the most pitching dominated seasons ever and so the fallout from this is the fact that those hitters who still have the knack of slugging home runs are becoming more valuable than ever. We all love and want the Ryan Braun's, the Ryan Howard's, and the Albert Pujols' on our teams. They do it all and they can hit 30 home runs in their sleep. Whats interesting now however is the fact that some of the lesser valued sluggers like an Adam Lind or even the new sensation Michael Morse are finding their services being respected like never before. So with that said, lets take a look at some home run hitters around the league who are not at the top of every fantasy baseball owners' wish lists. These guys are going to be needed by almost all owners are we continue to head into the meat of the season and so now would be a good time to start seeing if you can trade for their services.
Adam Lind: Lind was a guy who I was very high on going into the season and despite not drafting him in either of my money leagues, I quickly scooped him up in a trade. Despite spending a stint on the DL with a back injury, Lind has once again resembled the 35-homer slugger he was back in his breakout 2009 season. Lind hit rock bottom in the first half of 2010 as he struggled mightily against lefties but he also dealt with horrid luck in the BABIP. His second half was much better and he ended up with a respectable season. Those who were burned by him in 2010 however caused his stock to drop big time this spring and so Lind and his potential 30 homers came at a great price. Since coming off the DL, Lind has hit 3 home runs and continues to hit over .300. It is now obvious that 2010 was the outlier season and now last season.
Michael Morse: We all went nuts running to the waiver wire this past spring when Morse hit a league leading 12 homers in Grapefruit League games. Unfortunately those good times failed to make it to the regular season as Morse found himself on the bench after a terrible start. There was than a mass exodus of Morse drops all along fantasy baseball and rightly so as it looked like he was going to fall into a platoon. Morse soon however worked his way back and in the process just completed a massive May where he got his average up past the .320 mark with big time home run power. Although I believe the average will start to drop, the power is for real and make Morse one of the better in-season adds this season.
Kelly Johnson: Johnson is now up to 12 home runs as he continues to prove that his surge from 2010 was no fluke. Getting that kind of pop from a second baseman is huge and the only thing holding him back is a sub-.230 batting average. Johnson has dealt with some bad luck with the BABIP and so don't let that cloud your judgement. Get him if he is out there on your wire.
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