Fantasy Baseball's Must or Bust? Coco Crisp, Homer Bailey, & More
A look at last week’s least-owned, best performing sluggers and hurlers.
Coco Crisp is as fast as the Flash. Homer Bailey is stingy, allowing one run in 13 IP. Yuniesky Betancourt takes over against the White Sox. Can they keep it up the rest of the season?
Coco Crisp, OAK, 52 percent owned
8 R / 1 HR / 4 RBI / 5 SB / .323 AVG
The Fantasy Gods commend any courageous Coco Crisp owner. His speed paid off with eight runs and five stolen bases last week, possibly single-handedly winning you stolen bases. It would be hard to keep this pace up but looks nice as of now.
Homer Bailey, CIN, 34 percent owned
13 IP, 2 W, 10 K, 0.69 ERA, 0.69 WHIP
What a return for Bailey, allowing one run in 13 innings to help his team win two games. He missed most of the season but is back and already making an impact on the Reds. He is one of Cincinnati’s top starting pitchers and deserves to have the ball each week.
Lyle Overbay, TOR, 27 percent owned
7 R / 3 HR / 11 RBI / .273 AVG
A streaky hitter who had no more than 1 hit in 17 straight games, Overbay blasted three home runs in two games this past week. His power is recharged and could help out the next few weeks. He bats in the middle of a potent Toronto offense, which could add to his value.
Yuniesky Betancourt, KC, 32 percent owned
3 R / 3 HR / 10 RBI / .296 AVG
Gearing for one of his best seasons yet, this guy is hitting .358 in August with six home runs and 15 runs batted in. He is maong the top five home run hitting short stops, so his ownership percentage should rise by next week.
Armando Galarraga, DET, 13 percent owned
12 IP, 1 W, 13 K, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
In round two of Galarraga vs. Cleveland, the Detroit pitcher took a perfect game into the 5th and ended the day scoreless through seven innings of three hit ball. In his first start last week, Galarraga had five strikeouts in five innings, ending the week with a 9.75 K/9 ratio.
Don Kelly, DET, 0 percent owned
4 R / 2 HR / 6 RBI / .381 AVG
Kelly seems to have taken over as the main utility man in Detroit. As manager Jim Leyland mix-and-matches his starting lineup, Kelly has played almost every game at different positions. He’s a versatile utility man who has sprung to life and emerged as a hitting threat to opposing pitchers.
Alex Sanabia, FLA, 2 percent owned
7.2 IP, 1 W, 5 K, 1.17 ERA, 0.52 WHIP
This Triple-A stud was recalled again from the Marlins, and continued to dominate. In four of his five Marlins starts, he has allowed one or no runs. Last week, he got to the eighth inning allowing one run, striking out five, and walking no one.
Jonathon Niese, NYM, 68 percent owned
12 IP, 1 W, 10 K, 1.50 ERA, 1.08 WHIP
Niese got the win in a rain-shortened game against Pittsburgh last week. Besides his good fortune from Mother Nature, his last four starts before this one were all one-earned run/seven innings-pitched gems.
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Written by Tyler Becker exclusively for www.thefantasyfix.com. Look for Tyler’s weekly insight into MLB, NFL, & NHL. You can follow Tyler on Twitter @FantasyProdigy
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