Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Marlon Byrd, Justin Smoak, more

by Nicholas Minnix on July 18, 2013 @ 13:59:46 PDT


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OF Marlon Byrd, New York Mets

New York Mets OF Marlon Byrd
Byrd is the word

Understandably, it has taken awhile for folks to buy into Byrd's renaissance. Three months, though? Rare is the skepticism of the general fantasy population so scathing! Really, who else are the Mutts gonna throw out there? Byrd has a .271/.316/.502 slash line in 305 plate appearances. In July, the 35-year-old has batted .322 with three homers and 11 RBIs.

SP Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays

The wonders that a complete-game shutout of the freakin' Houston Astros will do for one's fantasy value, eh? Seriously, though, this was Tampa Bay's next big arm up coming into the season. His last five starts (1.69 ERA, 6.19 K/9 and 1.97 BB/9) demonstrate why.

Tampa Bay has helped Archer hone his command. As long as the Rays keep a spot for him -- no sure thing when Alex Cobb (concussion) returns -- he could be fantasy gold, with improved punch-out potential.

OF Eric Young Jr., New York Mets

Excuse me! Who else are the Mets going to throw out there? How about some guy they claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies about a month ago? Huh?

What a virtually risk-free shot for the Mets to take. Since he joined the club, EY Jr. has batted .308 and reached base at a .380 clip in 121 plate appearances. Oh, and he has eight stolen bases in 11 tries. His average will probably decline, but playing time is finally his for the taking.

SP Brad Ziegler, Arizona Diamondbacks

You may have heard: The Snakes don't really trust any of their presumed closer types to do that job -- at least, not on the regular. Kirk Gibson turned to Dirk Ziegler in two of his club's last three save chances. Might it have been all three if the righty hadn't pitched three days in a row to get the first of the pair? An columnist asks, "Why not?"

2B Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox

Some fantasy owners must've recognized the wisdom in Tim's profile of Beckham last week. The formerly heralded prospect may finally have figured it out. "It" involved not trying so hard to figure out, it turns out. And he's become more aggressive at the dish. He's posted a .338/.361/.460 slash line since his June 3 return from the DL and a .396/.392/.583 record this month.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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