Three Up, Three Down: A Look at Fantasy Hitting

Nick AllenCorrespondent IApril 21, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 16:  Outfielder Carlos Quentin #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays breaks a bat against the Chicago White Sox on April 16, 2009 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)


Marco Scutaro

Scutaro has had a hot start to his season, going 15 for 53 with 15 runs, 10 RBI, four home runs, and an average of .283. Scutaro has multiple position eligibility, you can play him at second base, third base, or short stop. I don't expect him to keep posting these numbers. He will probably come down to earth sometime, but pick him up and ride the hot streak.

He is owned in 78.6 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.

Kosuke Fukudome

Fukudome had a hot start last year, but fell off toward the end of the season. This year, he is having another hot start, but I don't think he will fall off again like last year. This season, Fukudome is 15 for 40 with 10 runs, three home runs, ten RBI, and a stolen base, while hitting for a .375 average. Fukudome has the power and speed for 15/15 potential.

Take a look at him for your team; he is owned in 73.7 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.

Jack Cust

Cust is outfield and DH eligible, but most of his value is for his DH eligibility. This year, Cust is 12 for 42 with 10 runs, two home runs, six RBI, and an average of .286. Not bad numbers for a guy who went undrafted in most drafts this year. I would pick him up if your league has the DH position, or if you're in a deep league and have a need for outfielders.

Cust is owned in 32.2 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.


Carlos Quentin

Quentin would have made the list above, but he is well known and owned in all leagues. Quentin is having a fantastic year this year though, going 13 for 43 with 11 runs, 13 RBI, and a league-leading seven home runs. Quentin was playing well before he landed on the DL last year, and he is starting right where he left off. Look for him to have an awesome year.

Ryan Ludwick

Another one of the breakout outfielders from last year, Ludwick is having an awesome year. So far, he is 17 for 42 with eight runs, a stolen base, five home runs, and 15 RBI, with an average of .405. Ludwick is proving any doubters wrong—he's no fluke. Congrats if you have him on your team.


Emilio Bonifacio

It had to happen sometime. I wanted the hot streak to carry on for a long time, but all good things must come to an end. Bonifacio has been ice-cold in his last 24 at bats, only recording two hits. He has not gotten a stolen base in over 10 games. Looks like he has come down to Earth. Hold onto him to see if he can get it back together, but he is definitely struggling.

Conor Jackson

Jackson hasn't gotten anything going yet, really. So far, he is 8 for 44 with four runs, one home run, seven RBI, a stolen base, and a .182 average. He has first base and outfield eligibility, which gives him more value, but it won't matter unless he can string some good games together. If there is a better option out there, go for it, but I'm holding on to him for now.

Curtis Granderson

I wouldn't worry about Granderson; he will get it together eventually. I really like him as a buy-low option. So far this year, he is 11 for 52 with seven runs, two home runs, six RBI, a stolen base, and a .212 average. Like I said, I like him as a buy-low option. I think he'll get it together.


Prince Fielder

Fielder is really struggling this year. He only has one home run, seven RBI, seven hits, and a .175 average. He has been getting on base, though, as he takes a lot of walks. Wait for Fielder to have a huge game, then sell high. Not that I don't trust him this year, I'm just not a big fan of him. He's supposed to be a power hitter, yet he only has one home run. Sell him when he gets hot.

Brandon Phillips

Phillips is another guy drafted early that isn't performing. You gotta believe he'll turn it around, and I'm sure you can get him pretty cheap. He is just in a slump and will turn it around. He is batting clean-up, so the RBI will be there soon enough...when he isn't slumping.

Chris Davis

"Crush" is having a horrible season thus far, and I think last year was a fluke. So far this year, he is 7 for 39 with five runs, two home runs, four RBI, and an average of .179. He also has 18 strike outs. This is definitely not a good sign for a guy who only had success for half the year last year. Like I said, I think he's a fluke.

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