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 last of our NL team previews are the 2012 World Champions, the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants signed Andres Torres to a one-year deal and lost Melky Cabrera to the Blue Jays, making for a pretty quiet offseason. They were able to keep their core intact by resigning Marco Scutaro, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla (three year contracts) and Angel Pagan (four year contract). The reigning champions will have the very highest expectations again in 2013.
Buster Posey – C: Posey recovered from his horrific ankle injury and put together an MVP season in 2012. He hit .336/.408/.549 in 148 games, and was even better against lefties with .433/.470/793. His price will be really high but you’re paying to play the best hitting catcher in baseball, and he will produce more often than not.
Pablo Sandoval – 3B: Panda´s numbers took a hit in 2012 compared to his 2011 season, but he was still a very good hitter with .283/.342/.447. He is also a good starter, hitting above .300 average in each of the last three Aprils. His price might be a little lower on some sites after a down season, and considering his April numbers he will make a great play.
Matt Cain – SP: Cain has been symbol of consistency for four seasons. He has pitched more than 220 innings each of the last four seasons, posting a 2.93 ERA and 55 wins. He will give you a lot of quality innings, and his K/9 isn’t too shabby either at 7.3. He is one of the best options in daily fantasy when it comes to a high floor.
Barry Zito – SP: You may be surprised seeing Zito’s name as a good play, and I don´t blame you because he’s really struggled in San Francisco. He managed to revive his career a bit in 2012, when he won 15 games with 4.15 ERA. The main reason he’s here are his April stats from 2010 and 2012, when he posted 1.53 and 1.67 ERA respectively. Zito’s lack of strikeouts is a concern and makes him only a good play, not great. Regardless, its too hard to ignore his two great starts in the last 3 years.
YOU SHOULD AVOID
Angel Pagan – CF: Pagan had a very good season in 2012, hitting .288/.338/.440 with 29 stolen bases. He is a player who can help your team in a lot of ways, but you should wait until he finds his form. His production has been considerably worse in April, as compared to his season averages for last three years. We shouldn’t expect big things from him for the first few weeks.
Marco Scutaro – 2B: Scutaro is 37 years old but still can hit as he demonstrated last year. He hit .306/.348/.405 with unbelievable AB/K ratio (12.65). Despite those numbers, he is not a good play for daily fantasy in April because he is a slow starter like Pagan. There will be plenty of better options to start the year, but he will be an interesting play later in the season.
Hunter Pence – RF: Pence wasn´t himself last year, as he had the worst season in his career. He still hit 24 HRs with 104 RBIs, but his numbers were down to .253/.319/.425, as opposed to his previous five seasons when he hit .292/.343/.485. From the time he was traded to San Francisco he was even worse, hitting just .219/.287/.384. I don´t know what was wrong with him, but I am staying away until he proves he can be “the old” Pence again.
Brandon Crawford – SS: 2012 was Crawford’s first season as an everyday player, and hit .248/.304/.349. These numbers combined with high strikeout numbers and virtually no stolen bases (2 SB, 7 CS last 2 years), make him a really bad player for daily fantasy. I wouldn’t touch him even if he was free.
Tim Lincecum – SP: Lincecum had a disastrous 2012 season after 2 Cy Young awards and 4 consecutive All-Star appearances. He posted 5.18 ERA in 33 starts. I do think he can return to his old form, but he makes for an unnecessarily risky play his first few starts. If you can find him for a discounted price, he will be worth a look but carries a lot of risk. If he shows us signs of his old form, he may become a great play until his price rises again.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this San Francisco Giants preview, and stay tuned for other 2013 MLB Season Previews. Also, don´t forget to check out our other articles at Daily Fantasy Radio.