We didn’t have any near perfect games or no-hitters from the best pitcher alive on Thursday, but we did have a day of fantasy baseball stats dominated by pitchers again, as they claimed three of the four spots for the second day in a row.
While it wasn’t a no-no, we start today with another complete game shutout.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
Zack Wheeler — New York Mets
Zack Wheeler: June 19
Wheeler had been a little inconsistent this year and was coming off of two bad outings in a row, but this was a gem that certainly gave fantasy owners and Mets fans something to be happy about.
I generally think youngsters — especially pitchers — are overvalued in fantasy baseball. But with another good start or two, you might want to pick him up.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. Chris Archer — Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Archer: June 19
Another nice start from a youngster who was coming off of a bad outing. As you can see, Archer still walked two guys today but as long as he doesn’t go above that range, fantasy owners should be happy with him far more often than not.
Archer doesn’t quite have Wheeler’s availability, but he can be picked up in several leagues. Not bad for a guy who’s had a quality start in five of his last six outings.
2. Jacoby Ellsbury — New York Yankees
Jacoby Ellsbury: June 19
The only hitter on today’s list and he didn’t even hit a home run. The lighter schedule made for something of a light day fantasy baseball stats wise.
Still, this was a great game from Ellsbury, who’s on a good-but-not-great pace in pretty much every fantasy category, with the exception of steals, where he’s been excellent.
3. Scott Kazmir — Oakland Athletics
Scott Kazmir: June 19
One bad pitch to Dustin Pedroia kept Kazmir from being up a few spots today, but he was completely dominant on Thursday.
That’s six quality starts in a row for Kazmir. If you drafted him late on draft day, congratulations. You landed yourself a steal.