Nobody will ever mistake Wednesday for the best day in the history of fantasy baseball stats. But at the end of the day, we did have a few performances to sort through.
The performances we went with were split evenly with hitters and pitchers, with one of the game’s most promising arms taking the top spot.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
Chris Archer — Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Archer: August 13
Archer has been very good throughout 2014, specifically over the last few weeks. The poor Rangers just didn’t have much of an answer for the youngster yesterday.
He’s a little too well known to be a “sleeper” at this point, but he’s a good candidate to jump a level or two for the 2015 season. He may not be in the elite class, but maybe in the group right below that.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. Jason Vargas — Kansas City Royals
Jason Vargas: August 13
Vargas hadn’t hurled a quality start in either of his first two outings back from injury, but he hit that mark and then some on Wednesday. The lack of strikeouts kept Vargas from getting to the top spot, but this is the kind of pitcher that Vargas is.
Unfortunately, that gives Vargas limited fantasy value for the rest of the way, as sometimes the hits find holes on days like this. Still, he’s likely to have another game or two similar to this one, so you can do worse if you need a boost.
2. Francisco Cervelli — New York Yankees
Francisco Cervelli: August 13
If Cervelli was owned in a few more leagues, an across the board contribution day might have earned him a higher spot. Still, providing a boost in all five standard offensive fantasy baseball stats is a little too good to ignore.
Obviously Cervelli offers essentially no fantasy value long term. So if you’re one of the fewer than one percent of ESPN players that benefited from this day, congratulations. If you were going against Cervelli, this may not be your year.
3. Matt Joyce — Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Joyce: August 13
Typically 1-for-4 doesn’t quite earn consideration for the top fantasy baseball stats recap. But typically, you don’t score three and drive in two more when going 1-for-4.
Joyce didn’t help many owners. Still, I can tell you from first hand experience that he has some value in deeper leagues — like the one I own him in. So, thank you, Mr. Joyce.