Welcome to another edition of the 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 standpoint. Which players can help your team win, and which ones will you want to avoid in the first couple of weeks?
The San Deigo Padres are the next team we’ll preview from the NL West.
The Padres finished fourth in their division last year with 76 wins, and they made virtually no moves to improve their team this offseason. They did re-sign their only free agent, Jason Marquis, to a one year contract and made couple of minor league trades. They’re going to have to find quality young players within their system due to limited financial resources. The Padres are in a “rebuilding” stage and should not contend in 2013.
Chase Headley – 3B: Headley had a breakout season in 2012 hitting .286/.376/.498 with 31 HRs and 115 RBIs. He got off to a slower start in April, but he was still a good play. There is a chance his price will be lower than it should on some sites since he isn’t an established superstar name just yet.
Yonder Alonso – 1B: Alonso was a top rated prospect for many years and finally got the chance start his MLB career in 2012. He hit .273/.348/.393 in 155 games and had poor power numbers for a first baseman, but showed he certainly has a lot of potential to improve. He could be an interesting play if his salary is much lower than the high-end power hitting first basemen.
YOU SHOULD AVOID
Everth Cabrera – SS: Cabrera did steal 44 bases last season, but that’s the only thing he can offer your fantasy team. You’ll want to stay away from his .246 average, his lack of power and his alarming strikeout rate (3.62 AB/K). These facts make him one of the worst players for daily fantasy, and could mean he’ll regularly end up with negative fantasy points.
Will Venable – RF: Venable has shown some good speed after stealing 79 bags over the last three seasons, but he also hit .252/.323/.411 over that span. These numbers are not exciting for daily fantasy players and his April splits are even worse. His average over the last three Aprils was approximately .225, and he doesn’t have the power to justify such a poor average.
Cameron Maybin – CF: Maybin is another fast outfielder, but he’s also proven hitting is not his strength over the last two years (.253/.315/.371). He was a slow starter in April 2012 (188/.313/.325.), and strikeouts are also a concern. Even at the minimum salary, Maybin isn’t a good option for daily fantasy.
Clayton Richard – SP: Richard is a very solid starting pitcher, but his inability to consistently strike out batters greatly limits his daily fantasy value. He posted a 3.96 ERA over the last two seasons, striking out just one batter every two innings over that same span. He needs an almost perfect start to post top fantasy points any given night, and there will be plenty of pitchers in a similar price range with more upside than Richard.
PITCHER/HITTER MATCHUP TO WATCH
Logan Forsythe – 2B: Thisyoung second baseman was called up in June last year and posted respectable averages (.273/.343/.390) through 91 games. His splits against southpaws were great, hitting .384/.465/.545 in 99 ABs vs. LHP. His price should be near the minimum on every site, so he’ll provide a great play when playing against left handed pitchers.
Carlos Quentin – LF: Quentin underwent knee surgery in October, but is expected to be ready for the Spring Training. He hit .261/.374/.504 in his first season in Sad Diego, but had even more success with lefties hitting .329/.433/.585. and should provide a good option in those matchups.
TARGET AT HOME
Edinson Volquez – SP: Volquez has struggled ever since his rookie year in 2008, but he was finally able to stay healthy last year after three injury plagued seasons. He posted his best ERA (4.14) since 2008 when he was able to take advantage of pitcher friendly PETCO Park. He had a 2.95 ERA in 17 starts at home as opposed to a 5.60 ERA in 15 away starts. His price should be pretty low so he will be a sneaky value play when pitching at home.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this San Diego Padres preview, and stay tuned for other 2013 MLB Season Previews. Also, don’t forget to check out our other articles at Daily Fantasy Radio.