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Fantasy Baseball Stats: Daily All-Stars from August 13

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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

IP
H
BB
ER
K
Dec.
742112W

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

IP
H
BB
ER
K
Dec.
93004W

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.

Special nods to go to Bartolo Colon and Trevor Bauer, but the next few hitters did enough to keep them from earning a spot on the list today.

 

2. Francisco Cervelli — New York Yankees

Francisco Cervelli: August 13

H/AB
R
HR
RBI
SB
1/21121

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

H/AB
R
HR
RBI
SB
1/43120

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.

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