What separated Tuesday’s top performer from the guy at the bottom of today’s list? Very little. Actually, you could even say nothing separated them. It was a bunched day in the fantasy baseball stats world, at least at the top.
What we did get was a great day from the pitchers, which is where we start.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
Stephen Strasburg — Washington Nationals
Stephen Strasburg: July 1
Strasburg threw great on Tuesday, but really gets the nod over the next guy based more on his ownership rate than anything else.
Strasburg isn’t necessarily having the best of years for a pitcher of his caliber, but he’s had plenty of great outings sprinkled in. I doubt you can get him in a buy low trade but if you’re lacking a big name pitcher, it’s worth exploring.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. Tim Lincecum — San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum: July 1
In this week’s Dixon’s Picks, Lincecum’s start against the Cardinals was the one of the six scheduled that I felt the most nervous about. But in each guy’s first outing, he was the best, which says something, as the other guys weren’t bad.
As far as Lincecum’s long term value, I’d wait another start or two to put too much into it, but he’s been pitching very well, notching four quality starts in his last five outings. He may be reinventing himself as a pitcher from what we saw in his 2008-2011 peak, but the changes may be making him a viable fantasy pitcher for the first time in a while.
2. Kyle Seager — Seattle Mariners
Kyle Seager: July 1
In what’s becoming a theme of today’s recap, a special mention does need to be given to Eduardo Nunez, who had a very similar day to Seager. But his near 100 percent availability was a hindrance.
Seager is owned everywhere, and he should be. After this game, he’s now on pace to hit just under .280 with 25 homers and 112 RBI. Whether he gets that or not remains to be seen, but Seager has officially added his name to an already deep group of second basemen.
3. David Price — Tampa Bay Rays
David Price: July 1
Yup, another spot that could have gone to a few guys, but Drew Hutchison is owned in so few leagues that Price gets a big edge.
Like Strasburg, Price has had some rough patches this year but overall, he’s been brilliant. Coming one strikeout shy of six games in a row with 10 or more deserves mentioning. He’s on an absolute tear right now.