Strangely, a full slate of MLB games didn’t give us as many fantasy baseball stats stars as we had yesterday with an abbreviated schedule.
Still, some big performances definitely forged their way onto today’s list, even if a few of them didn’t help many fantasy owners.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
John Buck — Seattle Mariners
John Buck: June 3
Maybe the Mariners should give Buck a little more playing time. Actually, if he does this when he plays, maybe they should keep doing things exactly this, because you can’t do a lot better.
Buck has a lot of power, so this isn’t a complete surprise. The Mariners have also been on a bit of an offensive tear early in the week, scoring 10 runs yesterday and seven today. Kyle Seager topped yesterday’s list and if they keep going, another M’s hitter may sit atop tomorrow’s fantasy baseball stats leaderboard.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. B.J. Upton — Atlanta Braves
B.J. Upton: June 3
Unfortunately for Upton, Buck and his teammates were a bit better than the Braves Monday, but Upton did quite a bit on his own. Actually, he hit for the fantasy cycle, if you will, contributing positively in all five standard categories.
Upton’s definitely a five-tool guy. He’s not at all consistent — especially with the batting average — but days like this go a long way in justifying the faith that fantasy owners continue to have in him.
2. Brandon Moss — Oakland Athletics
Brandon Moss: June 3
One of my biggest frustrations on fantasy draft day was not getting this guy, and ending up with money at the end of the auction. Now he’s on pace to hit 42 bombs with 134 RBI’s. Okay, he’s not likely to maintain that pace, but just talking about this is getting me bummed again.
If Moss played his home games at Yankee Stadium, he actually wouldn’t be a bad bet for 40+ homers. As it is, he goes down as a guy who can be an absolute fantasy beast this week, with two more in the Bronx, followed by three in Baltimore.
3. Henderson Alvarez – Miami Marlins
Henderson Alvarez: June 3
A few other pitchers — Jordan Zimmermann, Anibal Sanchez, Drew Hutchison, Chris Archer, Zack Wheeler, and Scott Kazmir — earned consideration here, but ultimately none of them put all of the pitching fantasy stats together the way that Alvarez did.
Alvarez is one of the hottest pitchers in the league right now, as Tuesday’s complete game shutout bumped him up to 21 consecutive scoreless innings. He’s definitely making this week’s Dixon’s Picks look better. He’s also presently available in more than 90 percent of ESPN leagues and has a pretty favorable matchup with the Cubs on Sunday….hint, hint.