One of the reasons I started this blog (other than to see my words in print) was to help YOU with your fantasy baseball team. That’s right, I watched you draft, and you way overpaid for Ichiro, among others. Now you are in a hole you aren’t sure you can climb out of, and we aren’t even out of April yet! What ever can you do!
Whenever I see promising players with a low ownership percentage on the major fantasy baseball sites, I will post them here, and if you like what I bring to the table, tell me about it. If you don’t, let me know about that too.
We are gonna get right in the box and swing away as today I bring you a player on each side of the ball:
Danny Espinosa (WAS)
Yahoo Ownership: 20%
ESPN Ownership: 27%
CBS Ownership: 56%
Espinosa has gotten off to a good start in 2011, sporting a line of: 273/368/509 over his first 55 ABs. After seeing the majors for the first time in 2010, Espinosa is now an everyday second basemen, and he’s ready to produce for the Nationals, and your fantasy team. What we have here is an on base percentage guy ( I know, I know, you play in a batting average league… his OBP still matters) with some pop (233 Isolated power score so far in 2011) who may even steal you 10-15 bases as an added bonus. Now, it is very early in the season, and rookies and sample size and etcetera etcetera… but consider that his early 2011 line is prety close to his career minor league numbers, and even if the power numbers come down a bit, as his minor league numbers suggest they should, you would still be getting a .470 slugger with all the other aforementioned skills. This guy is an absolute steal if you can get him, and given that he is still available in 80% of Yahoo and 70% of ESPN leagues, id say there’s a good chance you can…. So go get him.
Josh Tomlin (CLE)
Yahoo ownership: 21%
CBS Ownership: 42%
Tomlin posted a 7.81 K/9 to go a long with a 1.94 BB/9 in the minors, and complimented those numbers with a 3.20 ERA. This is a control pitcher with swing and miss stuff who gets to call a pitcher’s park his home…. pretty sweet huh? He had some trouble with the free pass in his first two stars in 2011, walking 6 in his first 14 innings, but has settled in, striking out 8 and walking only 1 in his last 12 innings pitched. Unfortunately for us, Tomlin pitched very well his last time out, so the scavengers may be flocking to the wire as we speak. Do yourself a favor and grab him while you can.
* Man… the CBS crowd seems to be ahead of the curve on these two, i’ll keep my eyes peeled for the next batch before those guys get their hooks in.