Welcome to another edition of 2013 MLB Season Preview – Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy.
With the baseball season just a couple of months away, we’ll go through the roster of every MLB team and break it down from a daily fantasy baseball standpoint. Which players can help your team win, and which ones will you want to avoid in the first couple of weeks?
Let´s start our AL Central previews with the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox finished third in their division last year with 85 wins. They have been pretty quiet this offseason, losing only two players from the starting lineup to free agency – A.J. Pierzynski and Kevin Youkilis. They were able to sign Jeff Keppinger to replace Youkilis at third base. The White Sox would like to make the postseason for the first time since 2008, but it could be a hard task with a great Detroit team and the improved Cleveland Indians in their division.
Jeff Keppinger – 3B: Keppinger is a better player than most casual baseball fans might think. He had a great season last year hitting .325/.367/.439 over 115 games. He doesn’t have great power, but his average and low strikeout numbers (12.41 AB/K) more than make up for it. He kills lefties, making him an even better play against southpaw starters. He will be a great play as long as his price isn’t too high as a result of his strong 2012 year.
Paul Konerko – 1B: Konerko is already 36 years old, but he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He hit .304/.384/.530 over last three years, with 96 HR over that span. His strikeout numbers are solid for a power hitting first baseman, and I expect him to be cheaper than the top tier first basemen (Votto, Pujols). He will provide a nice alternative if you don’t want to go super expensive at 1B.
Chris Sale – SP: Sale was moved from the bullpen into the starting rotation last year, and was very successful in his first year as a starter. He posted a 3.05 ERA in 29 starts and struck out exactly one batter per inning, which is very good for daily fantasy baseball. He is set to be the opening day starter, so it could be a challenge to repeat his 17 wins now that he’ll matchup against other teams’ aces. Hopefully his price will start off lower since he’s not an established star just yet, but he is a great pitcher and can help you put your team over the top.
YOU SHOULD AVOID
Adam Dunn – DH: Dunn has really struggled the last two seasons since joining the White Sox. He hit .184/.315/385 over that span, while striking out once every 2.39 at bats. He is one of the worst players for daily fantasy, and I wouldn’t play him even if he produced 2x his salary in FP’s.
Alexei Ramirez – SS: Ramirez has been a pretty consistent hitter ever since he came to the majors five years ago, but he didn’t have his best season last year only hitting .265/.287/.364. He will get his RBIs, but he is a slow starter and therefore not a good play in April.
John Danks – SP: Danks started just nine games last year due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. His stats from last year aren’t important because his performance was likely affected by the injury. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training, but there isn’t a reason to risk taking a player coming off a serious injury until he proves he is healthy and back to form.
Jose Quintana – SP: Quintana was very solid in his rookie season last year, posting a 3.76 ERA in 22 starts. However, he struck out just 5.3 batters per nine innings which is not good enough for daily fantasy. He will have some solid starts, but his lack of strikeouts limit the fantasy upside. There should be other pitchers with similar ERAs, but better K/9 in his price range.
PITCHER/HITTER MATCHUP TO WATCH
Dayan Viciedo – LF: Viciedo played his first full season in 2012 and posted a .255/.300/.444 slash line, which is nothing to write home about. His splits however are a completely different story. He hit .350/.391/.642 in 123 AB against lefties. He was also great against the LHP during limited playing time in 2010 and 2011, so he makes a great play every time you find a lefty on the mound.
IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT
Jake Peavy – SP: Peavy had a great season last year after battling various injuries since being traded to Chicago back in 2009. He posted a 3.37 ERA with a respectable 8.0 K/9 in 32 starts. I’m not sold on him going into this season given his lack of consistency, but if you can get him for a discounted price he may be worth a shot.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Chicago White Sox preview, and stay tuned for other 2013 MLB Season Previews. Also, don’t forget to check out our other articles at Daily Fantasy Radio.