Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool: Runs & Ribbies

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IApril 29, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 25:  Russell Branyan #30 of the Seattle Mariners holding the bottom half of his broken bat looks at his one-run single to score Ken Griffey Jr. #24 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the seventh inning of the baseball game on April 25, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezians/Getty Images)


Some reasonably available players to assist you in the Runs and/or RBI categories.


Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies

Dexter was on yesterday’s Speed Demon report because of his five SB game.  He also scored 7 Runs over the past week while hitting .400 (8 for 20).  He is owned in 30.7 percent of ESPN and 64 percent of Yahoo leagues, which is up from 16.5 percent and 48 percent respectively, just yesterday.

Rod Barajas, Toronto Blue Jays

Barajas is firing on all cylinders.  He went 10 for 25 (.400) with seven runs, two HR, and seven RBI last week.  He is owned in just 2.3 percent of ESPN and 8 percent of Yahoo leagues, which blows my mind because he’s a catcher.  Not many catchers rake like that.  He also could help out in the RBI category.

Russell Branyan, Seattle Mariners

Branyan had a solid past week going 10 for 20 (.500) with seven runs, two HRs, and seven RBI.  He qualifies at both 1B and 3B, which helps his value.  He is owned in 11.8 percent of ESPN and 35 percent of Yahoo leagues.  He also could help out in the RBI category.

Gary Matthews, Jr., Los Angeles Angels

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Gary is taking advantage of Vladimir Guerrero’s injury.  Last week he went 7 for 21 (.333) with seven runs and two RBI.  You’d like him to contribute in other categories a little more, but he should be a decent source for runs while Vlad is out.  He is owned in 1.5 percent of ESPN and 2 percent of Yahoo leagues.


Kendry Morales, Los Angeles Angels 

Kendry went 8 for 22 (.364) last week with five runs, two HRs, and eight RBI.  He qualifies at both 1B and OF, which gives you some flexibility.  He is owned in 4.2 percent of ESPN and 24 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Plácido Polanco, Detroit Tigers

Plácido went 8 for 30 (.267) with three runs and seven RBI last week.  I’d prefer more runs and a higher average out of a second baseman, but the RBI were nice.  He is owned  in 90.3 percent of ESPN leagues, but just 51 percent of Yahoo ones.

Yuniesky Betancourt, Seattle Mariners

Here’s a Shortstop with seven RBI over the past week.  He didn’t do much else, hitting .231 (6 for 26) with one run, one HR, and one SB.  On the year he’s hitting .292, though, so don’t worry about that average.  He is owned in 3.6 percent of ESPN and 9 percent of Yahoo leagues.

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