Baseball Daily Digest Radio with Joel Henard and Albert Lang from 2.27:
We talked Fantasy Baseball, roto, Salvador Perez, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Napoli, David Freese, Hanley Ramirez, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish, Albert Pujols, Brett Lawrie, Josh Johnson, Jason Heyward, Michael Pineda, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Adam Wainwright, Jesus MOntero, Carl Crawford, Buster Posey, Mike Minor, Curtis Granderson, Ryan Howard, Kenley Jansen, Matt Moore, Mike Trout, Adam Dunn, Neftali Feliz, Alexi Ogando, Yonder Alonso, Carlos Quentin, Prince Fielder, and much more.
2012 Fantasy Baseball head-to-head Catcher Preview for FantasyPros911
In-depth analysis on the head-to-head game, catcher position and Carlos Santana, Joe Mauer, Brian McCann, Matt Wieters, Miguel Montero, Salvador Perez, Devin Mesoraco, Ryan Doumit, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and many more.
Players get hot and cold over a seven-day period, it’s as sure as the samples are small.
That is why Katy created the Hot ‘N’ Cold All-stars.
‘Cause you’re hot…you’re yes…you’re in…you’re up
Juan Rivera – Rivera has been the River of Dreams for my NL-only team with Gaby Sanchez batting like Gabrielle Reece. Over the last seven days, he is 9/25 with two homers and 10 RBIs. While he is batting an unimpressive .264 over his last 30 days, he has an impressive 25 RBIs. One’s place in the lineup usually isn’t important – however, with marginal guys like Rivera, batting clean-up can lead to a lot of RBIs he doesn’t really deserve. It’s a flawed stat, exploit it!
Jason Kipnis – In case you missed it, Kipnis came off the DL with a bang, pow! Over the last seven days, he is 9/26 with a homer and two steals. He is now 33/113 with seven homers and four steals in the majors. With Brett Lawrie going down, Kipnis is the premier young batsman to own down the stretch. Grab him!
Allen Craig – Craig’s season-long battle for playing time has finally been realized in the form of Matt Holliday’s untimely injury. Craig has taken the opportunity and beaten it: 8/29 with three homers over the last seven days. He is a must add in almost any format – certainly leagues that run 12 deep. He’s a great addition over most second basemen at this point.
Travis Hafner – A healthy Hafner is a good Hafner. Over the last seven days, he’s been a mashing heifer: 6/18 with two dingers. He has now hit safely in seven of the eight games he has appeared in since coming off the DL. If you were plugging holes with Mike Carp or Mark Trumbo, Hafner should be a better option.
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A line-up consisting of barely owned players who can help you fill gaps
C: Josh Thole would have been my guy but he just took a ball off the hand – not so good.
Salvador Perez – On August 29, the plucky Perez came a triple short of the cycle and smacked his first major league dinger against Max Scherzer. Perez, just 21-years-old, decided to run roughshod over AAA in his limited time there: 49 plate appearances with a .333/.347/.500 line. His promotion to AAA was a little odd, given that he looked good at AA but not otherworldly (.283/.329/.427). Still, he had 10 homers across 358 plate appearances in the minors this season. While he doesn’t strike out a lot, he also doesn’t walk a lot, so he relies heavily on the balls he puts in play. So far, his line drive rate (22%) is impeccable and his swinging strike rate (9.2%) is serviceable. I think Perez is capable of three more homers and a .270 rest of the way.
Honorable Mention: Tyler Flowers
1b: Juan Rivera – Since July 30, Rivera has 108 plate appearances and a .281/.343/.406 line. Without striking out more or walking more, Rivera has improved considerably since joining the weaker league even though his line drive, ground ball and fly ball percentages remain similar. What has changed then? Well he’s making a lot more contact – his swinging strikes have gone down and his contact rate has jumped four percent. He is likely not a .285 hitter, but .270 with three or so more homers? Yeah, I’d bank on that and I am in some deep leagues.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Blanks, Paul Goldschmidt, Brandon Allen who I’ve covered a ton and are probably owned in competitive leagues
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