h2h Corner ~ A Miraculous Feat

Yesterday, Jermaine Dye hit his 300th home run immediately thereafter Paul Konerko hit his 300th homer.

Both of these players are old (Dye is 35, and Konerko is 33), but both still have a good amount of value for your fantasy team this season, especially Dye.

I have been, perhaps, the biggest believer in Dye as I ranked him 33rd among hitters. He is owned in all your leagues, and I don’t think he’ll beat expectations (.280 with 30-35 HRS and 100 RBIs) by that much.

However, don’t sleep on him thinking he is prime for a break down. He is comparable to hitters like Johnny Damon, Shane Victorino, Manny Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, BJ Upton Nick Markakis and many other outfielders. So if others don’t think he is that valuable, maybe trade one of those outfielders for Dye plus an upgrade at another position.

As for Konerko, he was a bit unlucky last year when it came to his average on balls in play — posting a .244 BABIP overall and .217 against lefties. So it would seem reasonable for his batting average to go back toward his career norm in the .260-.280 range. He still has good power, as he hit 22 HRs in only 122 games last year and in full seasons in 2006 and 2007 hit 35 and 31 HRs respectively. With an increase in batting average comes a dramatic increase in worth. He is off to a hot start, hitting .346 with a .393 OBP, so you might want to jump on him sooner rather than later. However, watch out for his May slide. He is a notorious poor performer in May, posting a .225/.309/.393 (AVE/OBP/SLG) line with just 39 HRs in 259 games.

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