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Line of the Day: Bryce Harper

Posted on 29 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 28, 2012: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals made his long-awaited major league debut, going 1-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly RBI in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 innings. He also made an impressive laser-beam throw to the plate that would have gunned down a base runner had Wilson Ramos not dropped the ball.

Line: 3 AB | 0 R | 1 H | 1 RBI; 2B | SF

My fantasy perspective: Harper was a guy I avoided in my drafts this offseason because 1) only one league so far was a keeper and he was protected; 2) I wasn’t willing to use a draft pick as high as teams were grabbing him; and 3) I truly didn’t think he’d be called up this soon in the season to make an impact on my fantasy roster.

I watched his debut on the MLB Network last night and I have to say I was impressed with his composure and am disappointed I didn’t grab him in at least one league. Oh well. So what now? Does he stay on the major league roster once players like Mike Morse and Ryan Zimmerman come back from injury? Is Rick Ankiel the odd man out and either Harper or Jayson Werth move to center field? Is Harper simply up for good and the team will deal with any ups and downs he goes through this season?

With all of these (and more) question marks surrounding Harper’s fantasy value, it’s hard to say what’s in store. But know this, fantasy baseball owners will be watching carefully. As an fantasy owner of Harper, what are your fantasy expectations for 2012 now that he’s made it to the major leagues already?

Agree with my pick? Disagree? Check out ESPN’s formula for determining the best daily performances and nominate your own Line of the Day player using the comments section below and/or hitting me up on Twitter @DJAubain.

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Line of the Day: Lance Lynn

Posted on 26 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 25, 2012: Lance Lynn pitched eight strong innings, allowing six hits, two walks and an earned run while striking out seven as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1. Lynn increased his record to 4-0 on the season.

Line: 8 IP | 6 H | 1 ER | 2 BB | 7 K; W (4-0) | QS

My fantasy perspective: Lynn continued his surprising season in the Cardinals’ rotation, increasing his record to 4-0 with a 1.33 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. He’s only allowed 16 hits in 27 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .176 BAA (Batting Average Against) with 24 strikeouts (8.00 K/9) and a 4.00 K/BB ratio.

His latest gem put him atop ESPN’s Player Rater tool as the top starting pitcher in the game. It may not last long, but fantasy owners who grabbed him off waivers (since he was virtually undrafted in all formats) aren’t complaining.

Agree with my pick? Disagree? Check out ESPN’s formula for determining the best daily performances and nominate your own Line of the Day player using the comments section below and/or hitting me up on Twitter @DJAubain.

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Line of the Day: Yu Darvish

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Line of the Day: Yu Darvish

Posted on 25 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 24, 2012: Yu Darvish pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out 10 in leading the Texas Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees.

Line: 8.1 IP | 7 H | 0 ER | 2 BB | 10 K; W (3-0) | QS

My fantasy perspective: Fantasy baseball managers may have seen Darvish as a bit of a wildcard going into their drafts but he’s easily proving to be worth the perceived risk, so far. With a Yahoo! ADP of 83.2, he was grouped in with such pitchers as Ian Kennedy (79.0), James Shields (81.6), C.J. Wilson (82.2) and Madison Bumgarner (85.0).

His numbers up until now are a mix of some good and some not so great. His 3-0 record in four starts is good news for fantasy owners but he’s only accumulated two quality starts. His 2.42 ERA has him in the top 10 in the American League but his 1.58 WHIP (26 hits and 15 walks in 26 innings) and .361 OBA (On Base % Against) need improvement. Lastly, his 24 strikeouts in 26 innings (8.31 K/9) prove his stuff is for real. It will be interesting to see how he fairs against teams who have faced him already but, in the meantime, enjoy the positive numbers he’s producing for your fantasy baseball team.

Agree with my pick? Disagree? Check out ESPN’s formula for determining the best daily performances and nominate your own Line of the Day player using the comments section below and/or hitting me up on Twitter @DJAubain.

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Line of the Day: Jake Peavy

Posted on 24 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 23, 2012: Jake Peavy pitched a three-hit shutout in leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victroy over the Oakland Athletics. He struck out five, walked two and extended his scoreless innings streak to 14 innings. It was the sixth shutout performance of his career.

Line: 9 IP | 3 H | 0 ER | 2 BB | 5 K; W (3-0) | QS | CG | SHO

My fantasy perspective: Peavy is turning out to be a major fantasy baseball bargain through the early part of the 2012 season. Check out these ADP (Average Draft Position) numbers for him in the “big three” of fantasy baseball leagues: ESPN (224.6); Yahoo! (240.1); CBS (210.66). He’s currently the top-rated starting pitcher according to ESPN’s Player Rater tool.

In four starts, Peavy has put up these great numbers in 28.2 innings pitches: 3-0 record; 1.88 ERA; 0.73 WHIP; .172 BAA; 8.16 K/9; 6.50 K/BB; 4-f0r-4 Quality Starts. If (BIG IF) he continues to stay healthy in 2012, there’s no reason to doubt these numbers are for real and savvy fantasy owners who used a late round draft pick or were quick to pick him up off waivers should continue to reap the rewards.

Agree with my pick? Disagree? Check out ESPN’s formula for determining the best daily performances and nominate your own Line of the Day player using the comments section below and/or hitting me up on Twitter @DJAubain.

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Line of the Day: Josh Hamilton

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Line of the Day: Josh Hamilton

Posted on 23 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 22, 2012: Josh Hamilton went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a stolen base while driving in the tying run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning of the Texas Rangers’ 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Line: 3 AB | 1 R | 3 H | 2 RBI; HR (7) | SB (1) | SF

My fantasy perspective: Hamilton is on an absolute tear to start the 2012 season. He’s posted a fantasy baseball 5×5 line of .418/15/7/17/1 with a SLG% of .776 and a .513 wOBA. He’s currently the 2nd-ranked player by ESPN’s Player Rater tool behind only Matt Kemp (no shocker there).

Hamilton may always be a risky player to own in fantasy baseball, with his personal issues off the field and rick of injury on the field, but while in the lineup, he continues to be one of the games most powerful and dangerous players capable of MVP-caliber numbers. Enjoy these numbers while he’s healthy and focused.

Agree with my pick? Disagree? Check out ESPN’s formula for determining the best daily performances and nominate your own Line of the Day player using the comments section below and/or hitting me up on Twitter @DJAubain.

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