Fantasy Baseball 2011: Mark Teixeira and 5 Buy-Low Superstars
Players like New York's Mark Teixeira haven't lived up to their full potential yet.
In fantasy baseball, year end stats aren't very important. All that matters is how a player performed while on your team.
Underachieving superstars are good bets to turn their season around, since they have shown they have the talent to produce consistently at a high level.
Here are five superstars who might be available for a low price that will pay huge dividends.
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Felix Hernandez is currently 8-8 with a 3.26 ERA.
The reigning AL Cy Young winner is still racking up the strikeouts, but has been less consistent keeping runs off the scoreboard.
Hernandez has 11 starts in which he has pitched at least seven innings and allowed two runs or less, but six times has allowed four earned runs or more.
The .500 record and occasional bad start are sure to scare some owners, so King Felix may be available for a discount.
Kevin Youkilis has become the forgotten man in Boston.
With Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett making the fantasy headlines in Beantown, the Red Sox' cleanup hitter has been flying under the radar.
Youk is hitting .285 on the year, but has a curious .191/.319/.350 line away from Fenway Park that is seriously impacting his numbers.
The Greek God of Walks is a .276 career hitter on the road, ando so should be able to improve his away mark soon.
As a member of one of the most potent lineups in the league, Youk is not a guy you want to miss out on when he's hot.
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Hanley Ramirez worried a lot of owners with a poor start to the year, but has turned it around under new manager Jack McKeon.
Pre McKeon: .200/.298/.295.
With McKeon: .378/.457/.634.
It might cost you an arm and a leg to get him, but Han-Ram is worth it. He will be the high first-round pick we all expected him to be for the rest of the year.
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Troy Tulowizki and the Colorado Rockies are famous for the gaudy numbers they put up in the second half.
Tulowizki was picked in the first round of many leagues due to his huge offensive potential from a traditionally weak position.
Colorado's shortstop has so far underwhelmed, hitting just .269 so far this year. But he has swatted 17 homers and 22 doubles, showing that his power is not dormant.
Factor in that Tulo has hit .332 in the second half over the past three seasons, and it's a no-brainer that you should make a bid for the two-time All Star.
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Mark Teixeira is a classic second half performer.
In his career, Teixeira has hit .270/.365/.509 before the All Star break.
He has hit .298/.387/.565 after the midsummer classic.
The Yankees' first baseman is currently hitting .240. But from today forward, don't be surprised to see an average right around .300.
That combined with his elite power makes Tex an integral part of any fantasy team interested in making a late-season run.