Mr. One Dimensional: Hitters
Speed: Ian Desmond, SS, Nationals (Owned in 58% of Yahoo Leagues)
His average is just .233 and he’s got a mediocre 34 runs scored, and that power we saw in the second half of last season is not existent (only 3 home runs on the year). However, Desmond does have 20 steals this season, and with promise of improvement in all other categories, the second year shortstop may have a little something to offer.
Power: J.P. Arencibia, C, Blue Jays (Owned in 45% of Yahoo Leagues)
The Blue Jays rookie backstop is batting just .221, but he’s still fantasy relevant. Why, because he has 12 home runs with 40 RBI. The 2007 first round pick is a bonafide slugger who can reach 25 home runs by the season’s end.
Runs: Michael Brantley, OF, Indians (Owned in 39% of Yahoo Leagues)
One of the key reasons for the Indians success this season has been the play of 24-year old outfielder Michael Brantley. While his power is limited (only 6 homers on the season), and his speed hasn’t been a game-changer (12 steals), the one saving grace for Cleveland’s leadoff man is his ability to reach base and score runs. He has 51 runs on the season, including the two he added last night.
Average: Nate Schierholtz, OF, Giants (Owned in 11% of Yahoo Leagues)
Though he is killed by his home ballpark, Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz has been a line drive machine this season, which explains why his average has soared to .289. With 7 homers and 5 swipes, Schierholtz can contribute in other categories, but he shines brightest when it comes to Batting Average.
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