BeeZee’s Note: Our in-season fantasy baseball cheat sheet is intended to provide you stats and ownership percentages of the top hitters in fantasy baseball over the past 7 days, 30 days, and full season. Use this handy resource to best optimize your starting lineup for head to head and points league matchups.
Evan Longoria had a monster weekend for his fantasy baseball owners and was last week’s top hitter. The league’s hottest hitter at the hot corner hit 5 homeruns in four days, batting .585 with 5 runs scored, 10 knocked in and 1 steal.
But Longoria wasn’t the only fantasy baseball star getting off to a fast start in 2009. To note:
- Miguel Cabrera batted .520 and drove in 10
- Albert Pujols scored 7 runs and knocked in 9
- Alfonso Soriano scored 7 runs, had 7 RBI, and hit 4 homeruns
- Chase Utley hit .556
We know you don’t really care that much about the fantasy baseball superstars as you plan your lineup for this week, however. You’re already going to play those guys.
What you want to know is what to do with those week 1 wonders, like Emilio Bonifacio and Brandon Inge. How can they play into making your team better next week, and do they deserve a spot on your roster all season long?
Here are three Week 1 fantasy baseball phenoms (besides Bonifacio) and advice on how you handle them heading into Week 2:
- Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers: Inge is going to be a popular player to add in fantasy baseball because of multiple position eligibility (catcher, 3B, and OF in some formats). Currently, we found him to be available in about 30 percent of fantasy baseball leagues. Last week, he batted .304 with 4 homeruns, 7 runs scored, 7 RBI, and a steal. Traditionally, if Inge can get over 70 at-bats in a month, he will drive in more than 10 RBIs and hit about 4-5 homeruns. Getting those numbers from a multi-position travel day bench player or from a second catcher should be worth a spot in most mixed formats.
- Nick Swisher, New York Yankees: Swisher’s 2006 campaign was exceptional and he will probably never replicate it (.254/35/106/95/1), but he is eligible at 2 power number positions (1B, OF), hits in the Yankees lineup, and should be available in around 40-percent of fantasy leagues. Last season, Swish was consistently inconsistent, hitting .230 in only one month – June. A switch hitter, Swish hits for average better against lefties, but his power numbers come against righties. If he gets at-bats, he could provide some decent power as a fill-in, but the Yanks outfield is crowded and when healthy, Mark Teixeira is the everyday first baseman. Don’t count on him for everyday services unless his bat remains hott and the Yanks are forced to get him in the lineup everyday.
- Marco Scutaro, Toronto Blue Jays: Scutaro has one of my favorite names in baseball, plays three infield positions (2B, SS, 3B) and is available in over 50 percent of fantasy leagues. He can provide 70+ runs again this season if he gets enough at-bats, but don’t count on any addition of speed or power to your bench. Scutaro should be owned in AL-only leagues because of his multi-position eligibility. However, unless you need an extra infielder due to Alex Rodriguez’s or Troy Glaus’ injury, keep him on the waiver wire in your mixed league.