2011 Fantasy Baseball: Value Run Options

Mar 17, 2011


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When the top run scorers are off the board, there are still value picks that can help you in that category. Average Draft Positions are from Mock Draft Central.
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Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers:  He had an unrealistic .396 BABIP last year, which helped him score 103 runs. He won’t be as lucky this year, which means his on base percentage should take a hit. He still has good speed and the addition of Victor Martinez should help him score plenty of runs. His ADP is 274, which puts him in the 23rd round.
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Brett Gardner, New York Yankees:  Gardner has the speed to get aboard and steal an extra base. The Yankees have plenty of gifted hitters to drive him in. Another 90+ run season isn’t out of the question. His ADP is 173.
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Juan Pierre, Chicago White Sox:  Pierre is on your radar for his stolen bases, but like Jackson and Gardner, he will score you a bunch of runs as well. The White Sox offense should be even better in 2011, which could help him match or top the 96 runs he scored a year ago. Pierre’s ADP is 132.
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Drew Stubbs, Cincinnati Reds:  Stubbs seems to be on all these value lists. You won’t have to worry about him being on the batting average value list, but hist speed/power combo make him an attractive value option. Stubbs scored 91 runs last year while hitting .255. In a talented lineup, Stubbs should be productive once again. His ADP is 151.
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Denard Span, Minnesota Twins:  Span struggled early on last year, and finished hitting just .264. His poor showing can be attributed to injuries and a low .295 BABIP. Yet he managed to score 85 runs. He scored 97 the year before and 70 in 93 games in 2009. This could easily be his first 100 run season. Span has an ADP of 143.
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Marlon Byrd, Chicago Cubs:  Byrd scored 84 runs last year for the Cubbies, and should see plenty of at bats to have another solid showing. His ADP of 296 makes him worth a flier at the end of drafts in five outfield leagues.
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Andres Torres, San Francisco Giants:  Torres came out of nowhere to score 84 runs, hit 16 HRs, and steal 26 bases. The fluke factor is high, but with an ADP of 229, he’s not much of a risk.
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Derrek Lee, Baltimore Orioles:  Lee is not the traditional run scorer, but he’s averaged 88.5 the past four seasons. The move from Wrigley to Camden Yards shouldn’t hurt his production. With an ADP of 228 he’s a solid corner infield option or starting first baseman in A.L. Only leagues.
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Mark Reynolds, Baltimore Orioles:  Reynolds scored 79 runs last year despite battling injuries and sporting a .198 batting average. He’s not going to turn into Wade Boggs all of the sudden, but he did score 87 and 98 runs in 2008 and 2009 despite poor batting averages. If he can stay healthy and get 500+ at bats, he should top 80 runs once again. Reynolds ADP is 128.
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Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles Dodgers:  Furcal scored 66 runs in 97 games last year. When he’s healthy he’s productive, though his health is always a risk. His ADP of 137 makes him worth that risk. Just get shortstop insurance.
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