Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – 2011 Run Scorers Vol. 1

Apr 15, 2011

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Off to a slow start in the run category? Here are some reasonably available players that can help you out.
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Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies:  Fowler is among the league leaders with 12 runs scored. He’s hitting .280 with five RBI and two stolen bases. He continues to struggle against right-handed pitching (.256 batting average), but all of his walks have come against righties bringing his on-base percentage to .348 against them. As long as he is hitting at the top of the Rockies potent lineup, he should continue to score plenty of runs. Dexter is owned in 37 percent of Yahoo! and 49.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Angel Sanchez, Houston Astros:  Sanchez has scored 11 runs on the year. He’s also hitting .353 with a home run, eight RBI, and a stolen base. He’s locked into the number two slot in the order behind Michael Bourn and in front of Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee, which is a good spot to accumulate runs. He has some positional flexibility with his 2B/ss eligibility. Angel is owned in 43 percent of Yahoo! and 32.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Brennan Boesch, Detroit Tigers:  Boesch has scored ten runs on the year while hitting .282 with a home run, seven RBI, and two stolen bases. Brennan is owned in 23 percent of Yahoo! and 26.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Marlon Byrd, Chicago Cubs:  Byrd is off to a fast start hitting .353 with ten runs and four RBI. He’s murdering right-handed pitching hitting .400 with a .918 OPS. He’s scored 84 runs last year and is a decent bet to improve his RBI total hitting third in the Cubs’ lineup. Marlon is owned in about 40 percent of fantasy leagues.
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Melky Cabrera, Kansas City Royals:  Cabrera has gone 14 for 41 (.341) in his past eight games to raise his average to .300. He’s scored all eight of his runs in his past nine games. Melky is hitting .303 against righties and .261 against lefties. The Royals #2 hitter is owned in eight percent of Yahoo! and 10.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Chris Coghlan, Florida Marlins:  Coghlan is 13 for 35 (.371) in his past eight games to raise his average to .288. He’s scored all eight of his runs during that stretch. Coghlan has hit one home run and driven in five runs. The Marlins’ leadoff hitter is owned in ten percent of Yahoo! and 67.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Coco Crisp, Oakland A’s:  Crisp has also scored eight runs on the year while hitting .229 with two RBI and five stolen bases. He’s a lifetime .276 hitter so look for his average to improve. The biggest concern continues to be his health, as he has already experienced back tightness, but play him while you can. Coco is owned in 40 percent of Yahoo! and 50.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Jeff Francoeur, Kansas City Royals:  Francoeur is hitting .294 with eight runs, a homer, eight RBI, and a stolen base for the surprising Royals. He’s crushing lefties (.368 average) and holding his own against righties (.265). Jeff is owned in eight percent of Yahoo! and ten percent of ESPN leagues.
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Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies:  Need a replacement for Joe Mauer? Ruiz is only owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! and 27.9 percent of ESPN leagues. He’s hitting .351 with eight runs, two HRs, and eight RBI.
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Josh Willingham, Oakland A’s:  Willingham has scored eight runs while hitting .222 with three home runs, seven RBI, and a stolen base. Oakland’s cleanup hitter is owned in 20 percent of Yahoo! and 15.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Wilson Valdez, Philadelphia Phillies:  Valdez is holding his own filling in for Chase Utley. He’s hitting .351 with eight runs, five RBI, and a stolen base. Wilson is owned in seven percent of Yahoo! and 10.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
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