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 take a look at the 2012 AL Champions, the Detroit Tigers.
Detroit won the Central Division with 88 wins and advanced their way to the World Series where they were swept by the San Francisco Giants. They’ve been pretty quiet this offseason, with their only major move signing free agent Torii Hunter who replaces the departed Delmon Young, who signed with the Phillies. Victor Martinez will return from a knee injury that cost him whole 2012 season. The biggest question for the Tigers is their bullpen as they’ve decided to go with prospect Bruce Rondon as their closer. Heading into the 2013 season, this team has the highest of expectations once again.
Austin Jackson – CF: Jackson had the best season of his three-year MLB career in 2012. He hit .300/.377/.479 in 137 games. Strikeouts are a concern with 4.05 AB/K, and his steals were down last year with only 12 SB. Notwithstanding, you have to respect a centerfielder with an OPS of .856, and even if he isn’t the best player for season-long fantasy, he will be a solid daily fantasy baseball play as long as his price isn’t too high.
Miguel Cabrera – 3B: Cabrera has been arguably the best hitter in baseball over last four years. He’s hit .331/.414/.589 during that span, and in his 2012 MVP campaign, he posted a .330/.393/.660 line in 161 games. Cabrera will be at the top of the salary list, but you won’t find a better player with so much upside. If you can find enough cap room to put him in your lineup, you can’t go wrong with him.
Prince Fielder – 1B: Prince had a great year in his first season with Detroit. He finished at a .313/.412/.528 slash line with 30 HR and 108 RBI. Like Cabrera, Fielder is a very consistent, dangerous hitter who will put up good numbers more often than not. Don’t expect his price to be any lower than in a top tier, but there is a good chance he will do enough to justify his salary.
Justin Verlander – SP: Verlander is the third star on this packed Detroit team. He was awesome the last two seasons, and there’s no reason to believe it’ll change this year. He posted a 2.52 ERA in 489.1 innings with 489 strikeouts over the last two seasons. You will have to pay the premium salary for him, but he is the epitomy of consistency that you want anchoring your daily fantasy baseball rotation.
Max Scherzer – SP: Scherzer is more of a lottery ticket, as he has shown the propensity to give you a pretty poor start from time to time. He had a very good season overall with 3.74 ERA in 32 starts. His strongest attribute is his strikeout-ability, posting an 11.1 K/9 last season, which is excellent for his fantasy upside. He will disappoint you with the occasional bad start, but his price shouldn’t be that high and his upside is hard to pass by in a good matchup.
YOU SHOULD AVOID
Victor Martinez – DH/C: V-Mart missed the entire 2012 season after he tore his ACL last January. He is reported to be fully recovered and ready to go, but the injury is not the only reason why he made the “Avoid” section. He is a slow starter with subpar April numbers in 2010-11. I am sure Tigers fans are thrilled to see him return, but he won’t be a good daily fantasy baseball play until after he works out the kinks in first couple of weeks this coming season.
Alex Avila – C: Avila fell back to Earth last year after his unbelievable 2011 season. In 116 games, he mustered a .243/.352/.384 line and struck out at an alarming rate of 3.52 K/AB. Of course, there is always the chance he can come closer to his 2011 campaign this season, but I wouldn’t count on that until he shows a better batting approach this year.
Jhonny Peralta – SS: Peralta is another Tiger coming off of a disappointing 2012 after a great season the prior year. He finished last season at .239/.305/.384 with 13 HR and 63 RBI. You can make an argument for him to return back to his 2011 form, but with a batting average above .255 only once over last four years, you can’t expect him to show that much more improvement.
Rick Porcello – SP: Porcello hasn’t been able to repeat the success of his rookie season in 2009 when he finished with a 3.96 ERA and started the playoff tiebreaker game against the Minnesota Twins. Over his last three seasons, he has posted a 4.75 ERA, and he has displayed poor strikeout numbers with 5.0 K/9 spanning his whole career. When it comes to daily fantasy baseball, look elsewhere.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Detroit Tigers preview, and stay tuned for other 2013 MLB Season Previews. Also, don’t forget to check out our other articles here at Daily Fantasy Radio!