When it comes to head-to-head fantasy baseball league scoring, as the week ends you notice the categories in which you need a boost. What I intend to provide is a list of fantasy free agents to assist you in a victory come Sunday night.
Jhonny Peralta (DET) – Without trying to sound like a total "Capt. Obvious", getting on base is a big part of scoring runs. Last week, Peralta had an OBP of .522. In fact, he’s crossed home plate in eight of his last nine games. It’s even more surprising when you realize Peralta is batting around the bottom of the lineup.
Raul Ibanez (SEA) – Even without Ibanez’s two home run, six RBI performance against the Yankees he still drove in six runners while belting two homers in his last six games. His oh-fer against Andy Pettitte still doesn’t deter Ibanez from this thread. This weekend, he travels to Cleveland where Ibanez hits .314 with a .559 SLG. Including, 36 RBI in 51 games at Progressive Field.
Other notables: Lyle Overbay (NYY), Brandon Belt (SF), and Andy Dirks (DET)
Adam Dunn (CWS) – Yes, Dunn strikes out…a lot. He also can hit the ball…far. When Dunn makes contact this year he makes it count, 13 of his 22 hits are for extra bases. Now, he’s in Anaheim for a four-game series. Though Dunn only has one homer in 54 ABs at Angel Stadium he sports a .296 batting average. On Saturday and Sunday, Dunn has smashed four home runs off of the probable starters for the Angels.
Leonys Martin (TEX) – In the past two days, Martin doubled his career stolen base numbers from three to six. His baserunning blunders may eventually get him in Ron Washington’s dog house, but until then I have no problem adding Martin on my roster for the stolen base category.
Other notables: Alexei Ramirez (CWS), Eric Young (COL), and Alexi Casilla (BAL)
Seth Maness (STL) – Who?! Exactly. Maness is a relief pitcher for St. Louis who has been on the good side of three late-game rallies by the Cardinals. In 247 games between St. Louis and their divisional-rival, Brewers, the Cardinals lead the scoring average 5.0 to 4.1. With that margin so close, the starters may not get the decisions leaving the door open for whoever walks out of the bullpen gate. For the record, every game that Maness has made an appearance in this season, his team has won.
Other notables: Jorge De La Rosa (COL), Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE), and A.J. Griffin (OAK)
Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE) – Notching three consecutive victories and 8-K outings in back-to-back starts Jimenez will see if he can stay hot against Seattle. The Mariners strikeout the fourth-most amount out of all teams in baseball. In three starts against Seattle, Jimenez has punched out 15 batters in just over 20 innings of work.
Other notables: Hector Santiago (CWS), Justin Grimm (TEX), and Ricky Nolasco (MIA)