Our look at Thursday’s top fantasy baseball stats has a very National League East feel to it. Not only do all four of these players come from that division, but they come from only two games.
The hitter’s struck back after yesterday, but our top guy is one of baseball’s best pitchers.
Daily Fantasy Baseball MVP
Stephen Strasburg — Washington Nationals
Stephen Strasburg: April 10
The second day in a row with a starting pitcher taking the top spot.
This, in a nutshell explains why some people reach for Strasburg, and why others — like me — wait on him. Not many pitchers in the game come close to rivaling his stuff. It’s why runners reach base at a rate well under one an inning. It’s why 12 of the 20 outs he records come without a hitter putting a ball in play.
But why is it that one of the game’s best pitchers on one of the game’s best teams is pulled after only 98 pitches, when he’s clearly on top of his game? Stop babying, him Washington.
Those frustrations aside, he was completely dominant today. A good day for his fantasy owners, for sure.
Daily Honorable Mentions
1. Justin Upton — Atlanta Braves
Justin Upton: April 10
This is precisely why fantasy owners have Upton around, even when he’s struggling.
Few players have his raw power and when he gets hot, he’s an absolute nightmare for opposing pitchers, and for rival fantasy baseball teams.
2. Jayson Werth — Washington Nationals
Jayson Werth: April 10
That, ladies and gentlemen, is contributing in every single fantasy category. If you had Werth on your team Thursday, you could not have asked for anything more.
3. Eric Young Jr. — New York Mets
Eric Young Jr.: April 10
It hadn’t been a great start to the year for EYJ, but this is exactly what fantasy owners hope for when they draft him. He’s not a great hitter, we all know that, but when he gets on base, watch out.
When the other Mets are hitting, that’s going to result in a lot of runs scored. He didn’t hit any homers or drive in any runs, but completely dominating two categories earns him a much deserved spot on this list.