After a Monday with some of the fantasy baseball stats we’ve seen all year, I guess we were bound to get a little bit of a fallback on Tuesday. Still, there were plenty of worthy candidates, including a very heated battle for the daily fantasy baseball stats MVP.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
Anthony Rizzo — Chicago Cubs
Anthony Rizzo: June 10
A big overall day from Rizzo, who’s on pace to score over 100, drive in just under 100, and hit more than 30 home runs. Throw all that in with a batting average above .280, and we could have ourselves a new, fully developed star at season’s end.
A special nod needs to be given here to Junior Lake, who scored the run on two of Rizzo’s 3 RBI on the day — with the other, of course, being Rizzo himself.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. Evan Gattis — Atlanta Braves
Evan Gattis: June 10
Gattis could have easily earned the top spot today, as he and Rizzo were both 3/4 with a homer and a combined six runs scored and RBI. I tend to prefer 3 and 3, as opposed to 4 and 2, but it was more or less a coin toss.
Like Rizzo, Goldschmidt is also performing at a high rate this season. When you combine that with the struggles of Brian McCann, the Braves look like they made a pretty good decision.
2. Paul Goldschmidt — Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul Goldschmidt: June 10
Goldschmidt is one of the absolute best offensive players in the game, so games like this surprise, well, they surprise nobody. Nobody that pays attention, anyway.
The Diamondbacks are having a rough year, but their best player is absolutely a star and should be the runaway starter for the NL in the All-Star Game.
3. Josh Beckett — Los Angeles Dodgers
Josh Beckett: June 10
Other pitchers went deeper into the games on Tuesday, but that wasn’t enough to make up for the extra runs/runners, or the lower strikeout totals.
Beckett notched yet another good start in what’s been a resurgent season for him, finally putting the injuries and the Boston mess in the rear-view mirror. Still, he’s available in a few stubborn fantasy leagues and when you consider the way he’s pitching, the home park, and the overall good situation he has with the Dodgers, he needs to be owned in every league.