In fantasy baseball, everyone is looking for the latest and greatest ‘buy low’ baseball player who will help put their team over the edge. This type of gambling is an integral part of fantasy baseball (along with the odd friendly wager, of course) and can often be the difference at this time of the year.
In fact, as you gear up for the playoffs (often the month of September for many fantasy baseball leagues), there are a few players to consider gambling on as a potential ‘buy low’ fantasy baseball player that may be going up in value.
Jason Kipnis (CLE) –
Kipnis wasn’t supposed to arrive in Cleveland until 2012 but a resurgent Tribe (complete with an unlikely playoff push) required Kipnis to come up to the big league team to help. And help he did. He spent his first 18 games in the majors hitting .279/.347/.603 with 6 HR and 22 RBI, eye-popping numbers for a middle infielder. He plays the game with a gusto that manager Manny Acta likes, so expect him to quickly recover from his strained oblique and get back in the line up soon.
Frank Francisco (TOR) –
Francisco has bounced in and out of the closer’s role in Toronto all season long. A recent emergency appendectomy for incumbent Jon Rauch has opened the door for Francisco once again. His season ERA sits at 4.17 but he has pitched very well since losing the job to Rauch. He should hold the role for at least a month and if he pitches well, even longer.
Bobby Parnell (NYM) –
Now that Jason Isringhausen got his 300th save, when the Mets enter the 9th inning with a lead (as rare as that may be) belongs to Parnell. This is his audition for the closer’s role in 2012. If he can harness the command of his fastball and slider, he’s in.
Javy Guerra (LAD) –
Guerra is settling in nicely as the Dodgers closer having given up only 3 hits over his last 10 outings. He has also posted 6 saves in that stretch as well. There is little stopping him from winding up the season collecting the majority of saves in Los Angeles.
Lucas Duda (NYM) –
Duda will play first base with Ike Davis out for the season but he also qualifies at RF in several fantasy leagues giving him some added value to your roster. On first look, his split stats are a little alarming (.333 at home, .243 on the road), but he has hit 4 of his 5 HR away from Citi Field. He is also hitting in the middle of the order out of the cleanup spot behind David Wright.
Delmon Young (DET) –
Sure, he was brutal with the Twins this year but a change of scenery often makes a world of difference. Getting the chance to hit in the heart of the Tigers line up may be just what the doctor ordered for Young. Don’t forget, this is a player who hit 21 HR with 112 RBI in 2010 and is only 25 years old.
Mike Carp (SEA) –
Currently riding a 16-game hitting streak, Carp is fitting in nicely in the major leagues. He has also hit in 22 of his 24 games since being recalled from the minors. While he was at Triple-A, he was also hitting very well, so this is nothing new. His 17 RBI in August is tied for the AL lead in that category. He is playing for a major league job in 2012 so ride the wave while he is raking right now.
Keep an eye on these potential blue chip bargains. You better act soon, however, as their fantasy stock is quickly on the rise.
* Frank Francisco photo by Keith Allison (Flickr: Frank Francisco) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
* Mike Carp photo by User zappowbang on Flickr (Original version) User UCinternational (Crop) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons