Fantasy Baseball: Should You Add Brandon Moss?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJune 19, 2012

DENVER, CO - JUNE 14:  Brandon Moss #37 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two RBI triple off of starting pitcher Alex White #6 of the Colorado Rockies to give the A's a 4-0 lead in the third inning during Interleague Play at Coors Field on June 14, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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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 hits 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 1,788 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 helps 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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