Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – Runs & Ribbies

May 6, 2009

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

Runs
Alberto Callaspo, Kansas City Royals
– Alberto scored the most Runs (9) in the league over the past week.  He was brilliant at the plate going 11 for 27 (.407) with a HR and six RBI.  He’s crushing it on the year hitting .379 with 16 Runs, 2 HRs, and 11 RBI.  He is owned in 48% of Yahoo, 9.6% of ESPN, and 33% of CBS Sportsline leagues. 

Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals – Alberto’s teammate Billy Butler was solid as well.  He scored eight Runs while hitting .385 (10 of 26) with 2 HRs and 8 RBI.  He raised his average to .258 and has 13 Runs, 2 HRs, and 11 RBI on the year.  He is owned in 25% of Yahoo, 4.6% of ESPN, and 40% of CBS Sportsline leagues.  Billy is also a contributor in the RBI category.

Mark Teahan, Kansas City Royals – I guess the Royals scored a lot of Runs last week.  Teahan had seven of them.  He hit just .192 (5 for 26) though with 1 HR and 2 RBI.  Despite the mini-slump he’s hitting .292 on the year with 16 Runs, 3 HRs, and 9 RBI. He is owned in 55% of Yahoo, 13.4% of ESPN, and 59% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Willie Bloomquist, Kansas City Royals – This is getting ridiculous with Royals.  He scored seven as well last week.  He went 9 for 19 (.474) with 1 HR, 2 RBI, and 3 SBs.  On the year he’s hitting .378 with 10 Runs, 1 HR, 5 RBI, and 4 SBs.  He’s owned in 5% of Yahoo, 0.6% of ESPN, and 2% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Franklin Gutiérrez, Seattle Mariners -  Finally, a non-Royal.  Gutiérrez scored six Runs last week while hitting .500 (11 for 22) with 2 HRs, and 6 RBI.  On the year he’s batting .291 with 14 Runs, 3 HRs, and 13 RBI.  He’s owned in 8% of Yahoo, 3.3% of ESPN, and 10% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

RBI
Gary Matthews, Jr., Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Gary picked up 7 RBIs last week while hitting .333 (6 for 18) with 1 Run.  On the year he’s hitting .288 with 9 Runs, 0 HRs, and 12 RBI.  Clearly he’s a two-category player at this point.  He’s owned in 2% of Yahoo, 1.5% of ESPN, and 4% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota Twins – Cuddy also had seven RBIs last week.  He went 9 for 20 (.450) with 5 Runs, a HR, and a SB.  On the year he’s hitting .266 with 12 Runs, 2 HRs, 13 RBI, and 3 SBs.  He’s owned in 8% of Yahoo, 2.7% of ESPN, and 21% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

José Guillén, Kansas City Royals – Someone had to drive all those Royals in.  Guillén had seven RBI last week.  He went 9 for 24 (.375) with 5 Runs and a HR.  On the year he’s hitting .306 with 8 Runs, 3 HRs, and 11 RBI in just 14 games.  He’s owned in 38% of Yahoo, 11.6% of ESPN, and 48% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

John Buck, Kansas City Royals – Buck picked up 7 RBIs last week while hitting .263 (5 for 19).  On the year he’s hitting .250 with 5 Runs, 3 HRs, and 17 RBI.  He’s owned in 21% of Yahoo, 12.1% of ESPN, and 18% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    May 6th, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    Sorry buddy, but I have to disagree on both Matthews & Buck as viable RBI options. Once Guerrero is back Matthews is going to find himself back on the bench. Could he add a little bit in the short-term? I guess, but within 2-3 weeks his value is going to be minimal.

    With Buck, he’s had 13 of his RBI in 3 games. Are three big performances and sub par the rest of the way really worth using? It’s a gamble that you’d get him for a “hot” game, but he easily could go a week with 1 RBI and hurt more then help.

  2. LestersLegends
    May 6th, 2009 at 9:23 am #

    If you’re dealing with Catcher issues, Buck isn’t a bad fill-in. Matthews is a short-term fix at best like you mentioned. Probably better suited if you need some help in the avegage dept.

  3. Rotoprofessor
    May 6th, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    I agree Buck isn’t bad, but in 1-catcher formats there are other options that I think I’d rather have. He’s just too hit or miss to gamble on for me.

  4. LestersLegends
    May 6th, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    Agree.

  5. Jake
    May 6th, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    While agreeing on Matthews and Buck….I’d say Gutierrez is another one you cant count on. Seattle’s offense is so inconsistent and really hasnt gotten it going yet. How many times have they scored 2 or less runs? Maybe 8 times so far?

  6. LestersLegends
    May 6th, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    Ture, but in a pinch you could use him.

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