Welcome to another edition of the 2013 Daily Fantasy Baseball 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 teams win and which ones will you want to avoid in the first couple weeks?
We´ll start our previews with the NL East division. The Miami Marlins will be our first team.
Just a year ago everybody was talking about the Marlins after they were set to open a brand new stadium, and had signed Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, and Mark Buehrle to big multi-year contracts. Today it´s all different as all three players are gone, and young Adeiny Hechavarria who came from Toronto in a blockbuster trade is second highest paid Marlin coming into this season.
This is not good news for Marlins fans, but it can help daily fantasy players because the young, cheap players will get their chance to produce. Let´s have a look at projected opening day starters
Rob Brantly – C – You may not know him, but I am all-in on this young catcher. Brantly was called up in August last year and hit .324/.410/.500 from September on. Of course it’s a small sample size, but he hit .298 in the minors in 2012. He should be near minimum salary on opening day, and playing behind the plate only increases his value.
Juan Pierre – LF – The 13-year veteran may not be the most exciting player to watch, but he still has something to offer daily fantasy players if the price is right. He should be the leadoff hitter for Miami, and can still hit righties with a nice .329/.374/.405 in 2012 line against them last year. He also stole 37 bases last season.
Justin Ruggiano – CF – Ruggiano managed to revive his career last season. He hit .313/.374/.535 in 288 ABs and was even better vs. left handed pitching with .330/.415/.714. His production slipped a little in August and September, but he is only 30 so there is a good chance that last season wasn´t a fluke.
Jacob Turner – SP – Obviously playing Marlins starting pitching will be a big risk this season since they won’t win many games. Turner is by far the best fantasy option from the rotation. He’s only 21-years old and was solid in seven starts after the trade from Detroit. Despite the 1-4 record, he posted a respectable 3.38 ERA with a WHIP just under 1. He’ll only get better from here on out.
YOU SHOULD AVOID
Giancarlo Stanton – RF – You may think it´s crazy to avoid a star with 37 HRs and the best slugging % in the NL, but wait just a moment. Stanton should be a 1st or 2nd round pick in yearly fantasy, but he is not a good play in daily fantasy come April. First off, he was unhappy with the Marlins fire-sale and that may affect him on the field. Second, his April splits from the last two seasons are atrocious. He is on the USA WBC roster, so that may help him get into shape earlier this year. Still though, his price should be sky-high and there will be much better options in the same price range.
Placido Polanco – 3B – It looks like you can stick a fork in Polanco. He played only 17 games since the All-Star break and in 90 games last season posted the worst numbers since his rookie year in 1998. I’m not touching him until he proves me wrong.
Logan Morrison – 1B – LoMo had knee surgery in September and may start the season on the disabled list. He had a down campaign last year with a .230/.308/.399 slash line and surgery certainly doesn´t help.
Adeiny Hechavarria – SS – The young Cuban is arguably the best defensive shortstop in the game, but you can´t trust his bat just yet. During his first crack in the bigs he hit only .254/.280/.365 in 41 games with the BlueJays, posting an alarming 8.00 K/BB ratio.
Ricky Nolasco – SP – Nolasco should get the ball on opening day with Sanchez, Zambrano, Buehrle, and Johnson all gone. He is probably one of the worst opening day starters in the league though. His 4.48 ERA in 2012 was his best in the last 4 years, and his K/9 has dropped each year from 9.5 in 2009 to 5.9 in 2012. He will pitch against the opposition’s ace, so the chance of a win will plummet as well.
I hope you´ve enjoyed this Miami Marlins preview. Stay tuned for other MLB 2013 season previews coming soon. Don´t forget to check out our other articles on Daily Fantasy Radio.