Fantasy Baseball: Should You Add Brandon Moss?

Jun 19, 2012

Oakland A’s first baseman Brandon Moss has come out of nowhere to slug six home runs in 11 games since June 6th. Only Minnesota’s Trevor Plouffe, with seven, has more home runs over that span. Should you buy into this power surge and add him to your fantasy lineup?
In those 11 games, Moss is hitting .278 with ten runs and eleven RBI. On top of the six home runs, Brandon has hit three doubles, as nine of his ten hit have gone for extra bases, giving him a bloated 1.211 OPS. Moss is hitting just .200 against left-handed pitching, but still maintains a 1.000 OPS. He’s hitting .310 with a 1.286 OPS against right-handed pitching.
Moss has similar home-road splits as he is hitting .214 and .981 at home and .350 and 1.431 on the road. One thing to keep in mind is the way he torched Coors Field. In his three games there he slugged four home runs en route to a .462 average and a 2.000 OPS.
Moss has bounced around from the Red Sox to the Pirates to the Phillies and now the A’s. He struggled to find a home, but perhaps he finally has caught on. After hitting 84 home runs in 1788 Triple-A at bats he has finally shown that power stroke in the big league level.
Moss does have first base and outfield eligibility, which does help his cause. Still, he is owned in fewer than a quarter of all fantasy leagues. While he has some power, I think he’s playing over his head right now. I’d categorize him as a player to monitor, but I wouldn’t add him just yet.
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Heather
    June 19th, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    The problem is in any competitive league, if you wait to find out if a player is “for real” someone else has already snatched him up. The real question isn’t whether this is sustainable or “for real” but whether there’s enough upside here to waste a bench or lineup spot on him while we find out.

    For example, in both of my competitive leagues, Moss has already been added.

  2. LestersLegends
    June 19th, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    He is worth a leap of faith if you have an expendable player.

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