MLB: Can the LA Dodgers' Aaron Harang Help Your Fantasy Baseball Rotation?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IAugust 30, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 13:  Aaron Harang #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on August 13, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Dodgers are stockpiling talent, regardless of the cost. Banking on a TV deal that could make them the Yankees’ counterpart on the West Coast, they have put themselves in position to challenge for postseason play.

With a fortified offense supporting him, can Aaron Harang be a boon to your fantasy rotation?

Harang sits at 9-8 with a 3.70 ERA and 116 strikeouts, totals that are fantasy friendly. His WHIP (1.39) isn’t pretty, but it shouldn’t be a deterrent either.

Harang has been rolling along in August, posting a 2-2 mark with a 3.38 ERA. That has become the norm though. Since a brutal April (1-2, 5.72 ERA), he has been spot on, going 8-6 with a 3.23 ERA. That is pretty remarkable considering the low ownership he has.

In ESPN leagues, Harang is owned on less than a quarter of fantasy teams. In Yahoo! leagues, his ownership is at just about the same level. I don’t understand how a player that has had a sub-3.25 ERA over a four-month stretch isn’t getting more love.

He has been consistent regardless of venue too. His 3.95 home ERA isn’t terrible, but it certainly leaves room for improvement. His 3.49 mark on the road is more like it. He has a 3.40 ERA during day games and 3.81 at night, so you don’t have to factor that in your decision to use him.

I expect the Dodgers to finish strong, so he should be a decent bet for wins. He has been consistent enough that his ERA should remain solid. You may not need to add him to your rotation, but he is certainly a streamer option.

Who knows, he may help lead you to fantasy glory.