These fantasy baseball players are poised for a strong second half and can help your club down the stretch.
Bounce Back Players
These players are simply too good to not have a better second half than their first half of the 2012 season. Look to pick them up if they are available in your fantasy baseball league.
Carlos Santana, C-1B, Indians — Carlos Santana belted 27 homeruns last year so having only 6 thus far in 2012 makes one think he’s going to have a big second half of the year in the power category.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals – Sometimes, a move in the lineup can help and that’s exactly what Ned Yost has done by dropping Erik Hosmer from the 3 spot to 6th in the Royals lineup. With 42 homers over the past two seasons, Hosmer (9 HR’s) is poised to have a strong second half. At least we hope so; Eric Hosmer was our best fantasy baseball value pick of the 2012 season.
Cameron Maybin, OF, Padres — Cameron Maybin has 17 SB’s on the year which will likely leave him short of the 40 SB’s he enjoyed in 2011. Maybin’s on base percentage is down 30 points from last season and you can’t steal first base. If the 24-year-old’s bat can heat up in the second half so will his stolen base totals. And, stolen bases are one category where one player can make a big difference late in the season.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, Nationals — Danny Espinosa has just 7 HR’s this year compared to 21 from last year. He’s recently been playing SS while Ian Desmond rests a torn oblique so he may have a second position of eligibility soon.
Available Second Half Stars
While these players have had excellent first halves of the 2012 season, they are still not getting respect and may be available in your leagues.
Raul Ibanez, OF-DH, Yankees – Handcuffing Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones isn’t a bad idea for the second half of the season. Both veterans have had solid seasons (each have 12 HR’s) and with Brett Gardner likely now out for the season, you don’t have to fear for them losing AB’s unless the Yankees make a move for an extra bat at the deadline.
Salvador Perez, C, Royals – Salvador Perez hit .331 last year and he’s at .377 this year. Perez missed the first 3 months of the season with a knee injury, but now the catching job is all his.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Red Sox – Jarrod Saltalamacchia doesn’t just have the longest name in baseball, he also has the most homeruns hit by a catcher this year (17).
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Twins — Trevor Plouffe was fighting for a job early in the 2012 season. No more. Plouffe’s 19 homeruns in 73 games while playing in cavernous Target Field are turning heads.
David Murphy, OF, Rangers — David Murphy is over-shadowed by Josh Hamilton and the other stars in Texas which is why he is owned in only 10% of Yahoo leagues. His .279/9/32/7 mark is not to be overlooked.