Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – Runs & Ribbies

Apr 29, 2009

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Some reasonably available players to assist you in the Runs and/or RBI categories.

Runs
Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies
– Dexter was on yesterday’s Speed Demon report because of his five SB game.  He also scored 7 Runs over the past week while hitting .400 (8 for 20).  He is owned in 30.7% of ESPN and 64% of Yahoo leagues, which is up from 16.5% & 48% respectively just yesterday.

Rod Barajas, Toronto Blue Jays – Barajas is firing on all cylinders.  He went 10 for 25 (.400) with 7 Runs, 2 HR, and 7 RBI last week.  He is owned in just 2.3% of ESPN and 8% of Yahoo leagues, which blows my mind because he’s a Catcher.  Not many Catchers rake like that.  He also could help out in the RBI category.

Russell Branyan, Seattle Mariners - Branyan had a solid past week going 10 for 20 (.500) with 7 Runs, 2 HRs, and 7 RBI.  He qualifies at both 1B & 3B, which helps his value.  He is owned in 11.8% of ESPN and 35% of Yahoo leagues.  He also could help out in the RBI category.

Gary Matthews, Jr., Los Angeles Angels - Gary is taking advantage of Vladimir Guerrero’s injury.  Last week he went 7 for 21 (.333) with 7 Runs and 2 RBI.  You’d like him to contribute in other categories a little more, but he should be a decent source for Runs while Vlad is out.  He is owned in 1.5% of ESPN and 2% of Yahoo leagues.

RBI
Kendry Morales, Los Angeles Angels 
- Kendry went 8 for 22 (.364) last week with 5 Runs, 2 HRs, and 8 RBI.  He qualifies at both 1B & OF, which gives you some flexibility.  He is owned in 4.2% of ESPN and 24% of Yahoo leagues.

Plácido Polanco, Detroit Tigers – Plácido went 8 for 30 (.267) with 3 Runs and 7 RBI last week.  I’d prefer more Runs and a higher average out of a Second Baseman, but the RBIs were nice.  He is owned 90.3% of ESPN leagues, but just 51% of Yahoo ones.

Yuniesky Betancourt, Seattle Mariners – Here’s a Shortstop with 7 RBIs over the past week.  He didn’t do much else hitting .231 (6 for 26) with 1 Run, 1 HR, and 1 SB.  On the year he’s hitting .292 though so don’t worry about that average.  He is owned in 3.6% of ESPN and 9% of Yahoo leagues.

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