Monday’s top fantasy baseball stats gave us an even split of hitters and pitchers. It also gave us an even split of generally available players, and waiver wire candidates.
We start with one of the game’s best arms.
Daily Fantasy Baseball MVP
Cliff Lee — Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff Lee: April 21
I hope that you didn’t rush to trade Lee after a less than stellar start to the season. He genuinely appears ready to regain his status as a Top-5 pitcher and doing this against the Dodgers shows that he’s a Top-5 pitcher no matter who the opponent is.
Daily Honorable Mentions
1. Carlos Ruiz — Philadelphia Phillies
Carlos Ruiz: April 21
Oh, April numbers. We actually have a piece later in the day when Tanner Bell talks about that, so I don’t want to step on his toes. But, Chooch added nearly 40 points to his batting average in one game. So, keep everything in perspective.
Ruiz has had a rough start to the season, but he’s always a guy to keep an eye on. Catchers are often banged up and when Ruiz gets hot, he’s a guy you want on your fantasy team. Another strong game or two and we will be in the middle of another Ruiz hot streak. Do with that what you will.
2. Travis Wood — Chicago Cubs
Travis Wood: April 21
Wood has actually had himself a nice start to the season and is still available in more than 80 percent of leagues. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t issued a walk in two starts and who boasts an ERA just a shade over 2.50. If you’re looking for a pitching upgrade, you could do a lot worse. Remember, Wood was an All-Star in 2013.
As for Monday, that’s a great pitching line on its own. If hitting stats were counted, he probably would have earned the top spot today, but no such luck. Still, another top notch performance.
3. Charlie Blackmon — Colorado Rockies
Charlie Blackmon: April 21
It’s a long season but if you’re wondering who the breakout star for April is, this is your guy. He won’t continue to hit at a better than .400 clip but Rockies are always valuable because of Coors Field.