The hitter’s struck back on Sunday, flipping the script an earning three of the four spots on this morning’s fantasy baseball stats recap.
One of the hitters had something of a surprise day, but the top performer surprised nobody.
Daily Fantasy Baseball MVP
Giancarlo Stanton — Miami Marlins
Giancarlo Stanton: May 4
Stanton is currently on pace to hit 52 homers and drive in 188 runs. The 188 RBI will not happen. The 52 home runs? I’m not so sure about. He’s got more of a power pedigree than either Jose Bautista or Chris Davis had in 2010 and 2013, respectively.
If Stanton is healthy, baseball fans everywhere should have a very fun summer watching him — unless he’s batting against your favorite team.
Daily Honorable Mentions
1. Brandon Crawford — San Francisco Giants
Brandon Crawford: May 4
Not much long term fantasy value from Crawford, but what a nice little afternoon he had in Atlanta.
Again, there’s not much reason to rush out and grab him but if your shortstop gets hurt and you notice that Crawford’s having a pretty good week, you could do worse than him as a short term replacement.
2. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians
Corey Kluber: May 4
If more leagues counted quality starts instead of wins, Kluber likely would have earned the top spot today over Giancarlo and Crawford. But, since are still counted in most leagues, Kluber gets relegated to the second spot in the honorable mentions.
Just like we went over yesterday with Kluber’s teammate, Justin Masterson, Kluber hasn’t exactly been a model of consistency this season. But he has had a few good starts and outings like this one justify why he was such a hot name on the “sleeper pitcher” market in the draft season.
3. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul Goldschmidt: May 4
This spot came down to Goldschmidt and George Kottaras and the fact that Goldschmidt is universally owned, while Kottaras is a third string catcher owned by nobody broke the tie. Contributing in every category is always a nice way to make the list and as you can see, Goldschmidt did just that Sunday.
He hasn’t had a hot string of power just yet, but Goldschmidt is still hitting .331 and is on pace for 24 homers, more than 90 RBI and 100 runs scored. He’s also due to get really got at some point. If you have him on a fantasy team, you’re going to enjoy the rest of the summer. When a player with already good numbers is “due”, great things are going to happen.