The fantasy baseball stats on Saturday were dominated by the stars but Sunday sang a bit of a different tune. Only one of the guys listed today was an All-Star, while two of the other three are not only fantasy free agents in most leagues, but nearly all leagues.
Actually, we start with one of those guys.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
Peter Bourjos — St. Louis Cardinals
Peter Bourjos: July 20
For the second day in a row, we get an across the board contributor with two steals topping the list. Buorjos wasn’t quite as dominant as Adam Jones yesterday and he certainly didn’t help as many fantasy players, but this was quite the day — especially against Clayton Kershaw.
I’ve kind of been expecting a little more of a breakout from Bourjos over the last few years. Given that he can’t seem to get out of crowded outfield situations, I don’t think that’s happening anymore. But if he can get a more consistent bat, he’ll steal more than enough bags to make him fantasy relevant.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. Jon Lester — Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester: July 20
There aren’t many guys in baseball throwing as well as Lester right now. He was absolutely dealing heading into the break and what do you know? He’s still dealing.
Odrisamer Despaigne gets a special nod here for nearly tossing the first no-no in Padres history. But when all was said and done, Lester had the better day…as did each of the next two hitters.
2. Matt Dominguez — Houston Astros
Matt Dominguez: July 20
Here’s another guy to keep an eye on. Dominguez hasn’t exactly been a great batting average or OBP guy in his career but right now, he’s on pace to hit about 20 bombs for the Astros, and that’s even with a power drought heading into Sunday’s action.
I don’t know that we’ll see many more games like this in 2014 but with a good second half, he might be a nice guy to have on sleeper watch for 2015.
3. Melky Cabrera — Toronto Blue Jays
Melky Cabrera: July 20
3/5 2 1 3 0
Here’s a guy having a nice little season in Toronto. With Sunday’s performance, Cabrera also has recorded three hits in each of the last two games. So, he’s on a nice little hot streak — albeit a small one.
Not much to add here, as Cabrera isn’t available in any fantasy leagues. But coming off of the suspension in 2012 and the injury/tumor in 2013, Cabrera projects incredibly well for 2015.