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?
Next up in the NL Central division is the Milwaukee Brewers.
After losing Prince Fielder in the offseason (signed with Detroit), the Brewers won 83 games and finished third in their division. They’ve made virtually no moves this offseason outside of signing a couple relievers, Tom Gorzelanny and Mike Gonzalez. The Brewers appear to be counting on in-house options to improve their team this season.
Norichika Aoki – RF: Aoki had a strong debut season in the majors and may prove to be one of the few Japanese hitters with a successful MLB career. Aoki has good speed, a solid batting average (.288 in 2012) and showed us a little power with 10 HRs. He has the ability to fill the stat sheet and won’t hurt your team with strikeouts. Aoki could provide nice value and upside for the right price.
Ryan Braun – LF: Like Vottoin Cincinnati, Braun has been one of the best hitters for many years. He dodged the “PED bullet” last year and produced a great season hitting .319/.391/.595, with a league leading 41 HRs. He is crushing lefties with a better than .350 average the last two years. Braun also has pretty even splits during the year, so you know exactly what you paying for.
Jonathan Lucroy – C:. Lucroy had a great 2012 season and has managed to improve his stats significantly each year in the Majors. You won’t find many catchers who hit .320/.368/.513, and like Braun he is even better against lefties (.400/.444/.728 in 80 ABs last year). It’s hard to predict where he’ll be priced, but if he continues to hit like last year we have a pretty good catcher for daily fantasy.
Marco Estrada – SP: Estrada was moved into the starting rotation last year and had the best season of his career. He posted respectable 3.76 ERA in 23 starts, and struck out more than nine batters per nine innings. He showed nice improvement in his last 11 starts, and that’s exactly what you want from first year starter. He will be a good value play at a low price.
Michael Fiers – SP: The 27 year-old Fiers was called up in May and made 22 starts during his rookie season. Like Estrada, he struck out a lot of batters with a K/9 rate of 9.5. He had a great start to the year, but may have gotten fatigued as he struggled in September. He is another cheap and intriguing pitching option for your daily fantasy lineups.
YOU SHOULD AVOID
Rickie Weeks – 2B: Rickie really struggled in 2012, having his worst season since 2008. He still managed to hit 21 HRs but his averages dropped from .269/.350/.468 in 2011 to .230/.328/.400 last year, while striking out 169 times (K/3.48 AB’s). Weeks will still hit some HR’s, but his average and strikeout rate make him too much of a risk.
Carlos Gomez – CF: Gomez had one of the best seasons of his career in 2012, hitting .260/.305/.463 with 37 stolen bases. Despite hitting 19 HRs last season, I’m not buying this breakout performance because Gomez only totaled 16 HRs from 2009 to 2011. Until he proves last year wasn’t a fluke, I’m going to avoid him on my daily fantasy teams.
Yovanni Gallardo – SP: Gallardo has proved to be a very good pitcher, striking out at least 200 batters each of the last four years, with a 3.68 ERA over that same stretch. Unfortunately his splits resemble those of Mat Latos of the Reds. During the last two seasons, Gallardo’s April splits show an awful 5.86 ERA over 63 innings. His full year numbers prove he should be a good play later, but he is one to avoid in April.
Chris Narveson – SP: Narveson started just two games last season before needing rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder. He is currently questionable for spring training, so we should wait and see how he recovers before considering him in daily fantasy lineups.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Milwaukee Brewers preview, and stay tuned for other 2013 MLB Season Previews. Also, please remember to check out our other articles Daily Fantasy Radio.