Undervalued Hitters: Fantasy Baseball

Nick AllenCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 29: Aaron Hill # 2  of the Toronto Blue Jays swings at a pitch during the MLB game against the Boston Red Sox on April 29, 2008 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Often when I'm checking my fantasy teams, I like to check out the percentage of leagues the player is owned in. When I'm looking at some of my players percent owned and I think to myself, "how is this guy only owned in that many leagues?"

So I'm going to dedicate this article to a couple of players owned in less than 30 percent of leagues, in ESPN fantasy baseball, that I think should be owned in more.

In no particular order:

Denard Span

Span was my man crush coming into this season. He hasn't disappointed me going 12 for 38 with a home run, six RBI, three stolen bases, and a .316 average. He has great speed, the main reason why he bats lead off. Don't expect many home runs though, as last year he had six in limited action.

Span is only owned in 19.2 percent of ESPN leagues.

Scott Rolen

Rolen is having a great season, going 14 for 36 with two home runs, with five RBI, and batting .386. Rolen came into the season with a new batting stance to take the stress off of his injured shoulder, and it looks like its working so far. He has only gone hitless in one game this season, an impressive feat.

Rolen is owned in 22.8 percent of ESPN leagues.

Nyjer Morgan

Morgan is another speedy guy. He has three stolen bases so far, along with seven RBI, and a batting average of .400. On Thursday he missed hitting for the cycle only by a home run, going 3-5. Morgan was thought to only have value for his speed, but has shown he can hit too.

Morgan is owned in 25.6 percent of ESPN leagues.

Cristian Guzman

Guzman is hitting .515 this season yet, he is still available in over 70 percent of ESPN leagues. In his last start he went 5-5 with five singles, two RBI, and a stolen base.

Guzman should be owned in more than 26.9 percent of leagues. He has missed the past two games with an injured hamstring but said he expects to be back this week.

Aaron Hill

The Blue Jays' second basemen is hitting .356 this season, including three home runs, 11 RBI, and one stolen base. On Wednesday, Hill went 4-5, with a home run, and three RBI. He currently bats second and should definitely be owned in more leagues.

Hill is available in a little over 80 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues.

Chris Duncan

Let me start off by saying, Duncan has gotten a hit in every game except one this season. Yet, he is only owned in 6.9 percent of ESPN leagues. He is eligible to play first base and outfield. Multiple position eligible players are always more valuable because they can fill in on off days in non-typical positions. Duncan has impressive stats too, so far this year he is 13 for 33 with two home runs, 10 RBI, and a batting average of .394.
Duncan should be owned in way more leagues.