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Is the long ball worth it?

Posted By Trevor Stewart On Jul 8 2010 @ 12:05 am In Fantasy | No Comments

You’ve always heard the famous saying “chicks dig the long ball,” but can that be overrated in some cases? In the fantasy game you want and need players to hit homers for you, even more so in head-to-head and rotisserie league formats. In points formats you may be able to achieve success without power hitters going off batting average and RBIs and other stats. So if you are strapped for home run hitters then you should take this advice with a grain of salt.

Drop: Tampa Bay Rays 1B Carlos Pena (82% owned)- Pena had a home run frenzy in early June when he hit a homer in six straight games, but he has had a power outage lately. Pena has hit one dinger in his last 21 games and is hitting only .199. When you drafted Pena you knew he would not hit for a great average, his career batting average is only .243. You probably had hoped for a little better return than the sub-.200 average and 89 strikeouts, but if you asked me before the draft if Pena was available to draft should you draft him; I would have strongly advised against it. I had the opportunity to draft Pena, but I passed and instead opted to draft Kevin Youkilis and then for a great average hitter that can drive in some runs I took  Billy Butler, who everyone passed on. I ended up using Butler and Miguel Olivo to trade to a team that had no catcher due to injuries and took back Paul Konerko. So I got my power-hitter eventually,and didn’t have to sacrifice average. Unless you have no other sources of power in your lineup, get rid of Pena.

Add: Detroit Tigers 3B Brandon Inge (12% owned)- I know it may seem hypocritical of me to recommend a hitter in Brandon Inge that is similar to Pena. Inge is a power hitter who doesn’t have a great batting average, only .238 for his career, but right now he is hot. If you have injuries at third or need a short-term pickup, Inge is a good choice. He has collected 10 hits in the last six games, and tallied 8 RBIs. He’s not likely to stay this hot, but pick him up now and ride the hot streak while it lasts. When he starts cooling off, look elsewhere, but for now you may as well take the chance on Inge.

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