Welcome to another edition of 2013 MLB Season Preview – MLB 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 standpoint. Which players can help your team win, and which ones will you want to avoid in the first couple of weeks?
The Los Angeles Angels are the second team in our AL West previews.
Last season the Angels won 89 games but failed to make the postseason in their first year with Albert Pujols, good for only third place in the division. They’ve been very active this offseason signing another high-end free agent in Josh Hamilton. They also changed 60% of their starting rotation with Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana all gone to new teams. The Halos replaced them with Tommy Hanson, Jason Vargas and Joe Blanton. Kendrys Morales and Torii Hunter are other notable offseason departures, but with the new look roster the Angels aim for a playoff berth in 2013.
Mike Trout – LF: Trout is only 21 but he started his career with a sensational year in 2012, hitting .326/.399/.564 with 49 SB. He was an All-Star, won rookie of the year, silver slugger awards and was runner-up in MVP voting. He was consistent throughout the season and it is hard to avoid a player like this in daily fantasy even with the high price tag.
Josh Hamilton – RF: There is a certain risk playing Hamilton because he will be with a new team, but he stayed within the division so I don’t think it will be a big problem for him. He hit lights out the last two April´s with .398 and .333 averages, making him a good play for the start of the season. His strikeouts were up last year so that is a concern, but he is still a good play with the hot start.
Jered Weaver – SP: Weaver is one of the true aces in this league. He won 51 games with a 2.73 ERA over the last three seasons. He is a great starter with a 1.75 ERA in 16 starts in April over that same span. His K/9 dropped last year to 6.8, but he will give you a lot of innings and will be one of the safest pitching plays for daily fantasy in April.
Tommy Hanson – SP: It may be surprising that Hanson made the “good plays” list giving his struggles last season, finishing with a 4.46 ERA in 31 starts. His April numbers are very good with a 2.59 ERA over the last three seasons, compared to a 3.80 overall ERA over that span. The biggest question is how he will adjust to American league, but I expect his price to be low enough to make him an interesting value play for GPPs.
YOU SHOULD AVOID
Albert Pujols – 1B: Albert’s slow start was well monitored by the media last year, but he had a slow start in 2011 as well. His averages the last two April’s were .217 and .245. He is still a very good player but you won´t get him for a discounted price. There will be much better options around the same price, and there is no reason to risk it with Pujols in the early going.
Mark Trumbo – DH: Trumbo had a very good season in 2012 hitting .268/.317/.491 with 32 HRs and 95 RBIs. He is not the worst play in the world, but I don´t like his strikeout numbers (3.56 AB/K) and I also think his price will be higher than it should. He will hit his homeruns but there is something that makes me want to fade him.
Chris Ianetta – C: Ianetta saw limited playing time in 2012 with just 221 at bats in 79 games, and only hitting .240/.332/.398. These numbers aren´t awful for a catcher, but he doesn´t have the explosive power to make up for it. He strikes out a lot and his daily fantasy upside is not high enough to make him a good play.
Peter Bourjos – CF: Bourjos is one of the best defensive outfielders in the game but struggles with the bat only hitting .220/.291/.315 in 168 ABs last year. He should see more playing time this year and I expect his average to climb, but he still won´t be an option for daily fantasy.
Jason Vargas – SP: Vargas was a pretty solid and consistent pitcher in Seattle the last three years with a 3.96 ERA. However, his K/9 rate was under 6.00 over the last four years. His inability to strikeout batters limits his fantasy upside, and the change to a new team doesn´t help either.
I hope you´ve enjoyed The Los Angeles Angels preview, and stay tuned for other 2013 MLB Season Previews. Also, don´t forget to check out our other articles at Daily Fantasy Radio.