The top fantasy baseball stats on Friday more evenly dispersed between hitters and pitchers than they have been for the last few days.
The hitters were so good that the two home run game from Howie Kendrick didn’t make Friday’s cut. Still, the pitching performances were good enough that Aaron Harang, a guy who allowed no hits over seven innings, didn’t make the cut. The six walks didn’t help, but a few waiver wire guys were just better. We start with one of them.
Daily Fantasy Baseball MVP
Martin Perez – Texas Rangers
Martin Perez: April 18
Starts like this make Perez a potentially very valuable waiver wire guy. You certainly can’t expect eight strikeouts every time he takes the hill. Perez has great control and when he’s getting ahead in the count like he was Friday (109 pitches, 70 strikes), he’s got the control to keep hitters off balance.
I wouldn’t rush to grab him unless you need another pitcher but a few more starts like this, but these kinds of games aren’t big surprises when they happen.
Daily Honorable Mentions
1. Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
Giancarlo Stanton: April 18
Not much can be said about Stanton at this point.
He’s completely dialed in right in and when his teammates are getting on base and hitting well enough to bolster the runs and RBI stats, his fantasy value is off the charts.
2. Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki: April 18
If you’re in a standard league, he had identical stats to Stanton. Giancarlo gets the slight edge over Tulo because he drew an extra walk. That’s pretty much it.
Tulo’s had exceptional fantasy value this season, even with fairly limited power. Much like Stanton, if Tulowitzki is healthy, he should absolutely have Top-10 value by the end of the year.
3. Tyson Ross – San Diego Padres
Tyson Ross: April 18
Ross has been pretty good at keeping runners from scoring all year and over his last two starts, he’s been stingy even allowing runners to reach.
Ross is coming off of a good year in 2013 and looks to have good sleeper value going forward, especially in San Diego and other pitcher’s parks.