FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets (Hitters): 6/12/2014
This past week saw former FAAB fantasy baseball target Lonnie Chisenhall make Major League history with his stellar offensive night. We’ll try to catch lightning in a bottle again with several players who are swinging hot bats at the moment. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. All players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all three major platforms.
Catcher: Russell Martin
$1 – CBS 29% | Y! 12% | ESPN 4%
Over the past three seasons, the 31-year-old backstop has hit at least 15 home runs and stolen five bases. While he won’t hit for a high average, those handful of steals are rare among catchers and precious in fantasy. Martin will provide counting stats hitting out of the five-hole in the Pirates’ lineup as well. For his career, the veteran catcher has neutral splits against left and right-handed pitching, but in 2014 he has put up a 149 wRC+ against righties. Look for Martin to hit his stride this month with the May injury now in the rear-view mirror.
First Base: Brad Snyder
$1 – CBS 1% | Y! 0% | ESPN 0%
The Rangers have been decimated by injuries, and the recent loss of Mitch Moreland forced them to call up Brad Snyder from Triple-A. Snyder isn’t your typical minor league call-up at 32 years old. Batting from the left side, he did hit .284/.350/.573 with 18 home runs and 53 runs batted in for Round Rock this season. He has a little bit of speed for a first baseman, averaging nine stolen bases in his last three minor league seasons. Deep league owners hurting for a corner man as badly as the Rangers should give Snyder a look.
Second Base: Josh Harrison
$3 – CBS 31% | Y! 14% | ESPN 9%
Neil Walker‘s appendectomy has at least temporarily solved the logjam in the Pirates’ starting lineup. Harrison should see the majority of his playing time at the keystone while Walker is shelved. Leading off for the Pirates, the 26-year-old utility man has made the most of his opportunities in 2014, hitting .288/.323/.473 with four home runs and 21 runs scored. It’s already more than he produced in 60 games with the Pirates last season. For a leadoff hitter, Harrison doesn’t have blazing speed, topping out at 19 stolen bases in the minors. What he does well is hit both left and right-handed pitching. Harrison sports a 127 against LHP and a 120 wRC+ against RHP this season.
Third Base: Brock Holt
$5 – CBS 42% | Y! 19% | ESPN 19%
Holt has been a spark at the top of Boston’s lineup, and his versatility has been valuable to both the Red Sox and fantasy owners alike. The 26-year-old has hit .341/.381/.472 with 17 runs scored in just 30 games and the Red Sox are finding ways to get him in the lineup. Holt is a valuable fantasy asset with eligibility all over the diamond and contributions in five roto categories. Hitting from the left side of the plate, he has torched left-handed pitching with 159 wRC+ against them. That mark rises to a 167 wRC+ at Fenway. Fantasy owners looking for a utility player to mix and match in their lineup will want to snag Holt off the wire, even if the scorching start doesn’t last.
Shortstop: Danny Santana
$5 – CBS 29% | Y! 33% | ESPN 51%
Santana is another player with eligibility at both infield and outfield positions. The 23-year-old is hitting a remarkable .370/.407/.506 with two home runs and four stolen bases in 24 games with the Twins. Minnesota will sacrifice some defense in center field in order to keep his hot bat in the lineup over Aaron Hicks, and he may see reps at shortstop to spell Eduardo Escobar. Santana’s best tool is his speed. He stole as many as 30 bags in the minor leagues. When the hot start begins to fade, it will be his speed that will continue to provide value. That speed will also help him maintain an elevated BABIP, leading to more opportunites for runs scored at the top of the Twins’ lineup. He should be in fantasy lineups right now, but will remain valuable as a reserve in formats of 12 teams or deeper all year.
Outfield: Kevin Kiermaier
$3 – CBS 4% | Y! 2% | ESPN 2%
When Wil Myers went on the disabled list, many assumed Jerry Sands would be the hot pickup. It’s been Keirmaier however that has made the most of the opportunity. The 24-year-old is batting an absurd .362/.412/.702 with three home runs and a steal in just 17 games. He posted six homers and 21 stolen bases across two levels of the minors in 2013. The combination of power and speed is coveted in fantasy, and Keirmaier takes the sting out of losing a similar player like A.J. Pollock. He’s not an FAAB fantasy baseball target in 12-team mixed leagues, but in 15-team leagues or AL-only leagues, the Rays’ outfielder is one of the best waiver options at the moment.
Ride The Hot Hand With FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets
Red-hot performances like Danny Santana‘s won’t last forever, but they provide a spark to fantasy lineups. It’s worth it to spend the FAAB fantasy baseball budget on players currently on a tear, especially if they can give a slumping regular starter a breather on the bench.
12 Jun 2014 / Mike Buttil /
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