Tuesday, February 25, 2014


                                                      Brandon Moss

With pitching dominating fantasy baseball over the last few seasons which should extend into 2014, looking for affordable power is becoming an increasingly difficult endeavor.  However there are some bargains to be had and one resides in the relative anonymity of Oakland where fantasy baseball players hardly ever look for a boost in home runs from that locale due to the vastness of their ballpark.  Of course I am referring to 1B/outfielder Brandon Moss who has become a late blooming home run asset after going deep 21 and 30 times the last two seasons with little fanfare.  So with that said let's dig in a bit deeper on Moss and see what he could provide his prospective 2014 fantasy baseball owners this season. 

Clearly the most attractive aspect of Moss' game is his power and RBI and the two-position versatility is also a solid bonus.  Overall in Moss first complete season in 2013 after getting only 265 at-bats the year prior when he put his name out there for the first time in his career when he hit 21 home runs.  He followed that up last season by hitting 30 home bombs with 87 RBI and 73 runs scored while batting .256.  Not the best numbers in the world but 30 home runs is becoming a very rare achievement in today's game of baseball and Moss should be in line to replicate that number for the A's this season to go along with another run at 90 RBI and around 80 runs scored batting fourth or fifth in the lineup.  Of course Moss won't offer hardly anything in steals and his .256 average is on the low side due to issues against lefties and a high K rate.  As along as a righty is on the mound, Moss can be a very sneaky good source of home runs for your team.  Moss ideally would be bets serve as a bench guy on your team you can plug in at 1B or the outfield on light schedule days or when injuries strike or even if your roster needs a power boost.  The best part is that Moss is a guy who doesn't get a lot of respect in the fantasy baseball community due to the West Coast bias and due to his home ballpark.  This means a nice profit can be made for a guy who won't cost you hardly anything at the draft.

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2014 PROJECTION:  .257 28 HR 91 RBI 74 R 3 SB

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