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Line of the Day: Curtis Granderson

Posted on 20 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 19, 2012: Curtis Granderson homered in his first three at bats and finished the game going 5-for-5 with four RBI in the New York Yankees 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins. He’s the first person to homer three times in a game at the new Yankee Stadium.

Line: 5 AB | 3 R | 5 H | 4 RBI; 3 HR

My fantasy perspective: Many may have doubted whether Granderson’s 41 home runs in 2011 were for real or not, but with six home runs in 13 games, it’s time to start believing his power is the real deal. He’s 0-for-2 in stolen bases, so far this season, but fantasy owners should be salivating at the possibility of another 40 HR/20 SB season.

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Line of the Day: Cliff Lee

Posted on 19 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 18, 2012: Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched 10 scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants in 11 innings. He threw 81 of his 102 pitches for strikes. Enough said.

Line: 10 IP | 7 H | 0 ER | 0 BB | 7 K; ND | QS

Fun Facts: Lee became the first pitcher to pitch 10 innings in a game since Aaron Harang and Roy Halladay in 2007, the first pitcher to pitch 10 scoreless innings since Mark Mulder in 2005 and the first Phillies pitcher to pitch 10 innings since Terry Mulholland in 1993.

My fantasy perspective: Lee continues to prove he’s a dominant fantasy baseball ace and rewarding owners who invested an ADP of 22.2 with everything you’d expect in 2012, except a win. In three starts, Lee is 0-1 with a 1.96 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 18 K’s in 23 innings pitched (7.04 K/9 and 9.00 K/BB ratios). Ask anyone who understands advanced baseball metrics about pitcher wins and you’ll hear all about how they are out of the pitcher’s control. But they still matter in fantasy baseball, so owners may be getting a little frustrated if they penciled in Lee for 18-20 wins this season.

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: Matt Wieters

Posted on 17 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 16, 2012: Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI and powered the Baltimore Orioles to a 10-4 extra-innings victory over the Chicago White Sox. His second home run of the game was also his first career grand slam.

Line: 4 AB | 2 R | 3 H | 5 RBI; 2 HR | 2 BB

My fantasy perspective: Wieters came into the season as the fourth-ranked catcher and 82nd player overall on ESPN and already proving to be a bargain. With 10 games of the season in the books for the Orioles, Wieters is currently the second-ranked catcher and 24th player overall on ESPN Player Rater tool with a .344/5/4/9/0 5×5 fantasy baseball line.

He may finally be living up to the potential the Orioles and fantasy players have been waiting for since coming to the majors in 2009. Look for a .290/70/25/90/0 or better line come the end of the season. Check out Wieters’ preseason player projections from RotoChamp.com, too.

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Line of the Day: Matt Carpenter

Posted on 16 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 15, 2012: Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals went 4-for-4 with a triple, home run and five RBI to power the Cards past the Chicago Cubs to a 10-3 victory. The home run was the first of his major league career.

Line: 4 AB | 1 R | 4 H | 5 RBI; 3B | HR (1)

My fantasy perspective: Cardinals’ fans knew Carpenter as the potential heir apparent to the first base job after Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels this offseason but the rest of the baseball world got a taste of what he’s expected to bring once he earns a full-time job. In eight games this season (four straight starts at first base), he’s hitting .409 (9-for-22) with five extra base hits (two doubles, two triples and a home run) for a .818 SLG with a 1.235 OPS while scoring four runs and driving in 10.

Primarily a third baseman in the minors, Carpenter worked to add first base and outfield to his repertoire this winter. ESPN and CBS leagues have him listed at 3B only but Yahoo! has him as a 1B/3B player already. It will be interesting to see his role going forward once Lance Berkman is healthy, so use your waiver claims wisely.

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: Matt Kemp

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Line of the Day: Matt Kemp

Posted on 15 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 14, 2012: Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI to lead  the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. He’s now batting .457 with five home runs and 15 RBI this season.

Line: 4 AB | 2 R | 3 H | 4 RBI

My fantasy perspective: Kemp is off to a tremendous start, leading the Major Leagues in all Triple Crown categories. Toss in 12 runs and one stolen base and he looks like he’ll be rewarding fantasy owners with another top-5 overall performance. If there was any speculation as to whether 2011 was a fluke or not, I think we’re getting the answer. No!

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