Monday, May 9, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Hitter Pickup And Drop Ideas For 5/9/11

In what should become a second daily column here on Big Derf Sports, I'm going to give you an idea of a hitter that is officially droppable and offer you a pickup idea for a player at that same position.  Hopefully this will keep your roster in tip top shape as we drive towards summer here in fantasy baseball...

The Droppable - Aubrey Huff - San Francisco Giants - First Base - 73.7% Owned in ESPN Leagues

If you have seen first base this year, you would know that it is way too deep to be holding onto Aubrey Huff.  The thirty-four year old is batting just .207 so far this year, which isn't good enough at the best position in baseball to find hitters.  Finding a guy who will hit around twenty home runs and give you a .260 average on the year at first base has never been easier than it is this year and if you had made the move earlier in the year, you would be riding a higher upside first baseman like Ike Davis or Justin Smoak instead of clinging to your twelve round draft pick.  Even Freddie Freeman is hanging around and owned in just 30.6% of leagues, and he's giving you the same numbers as Huff so far with higher upside, just without the known name to give you confidence.  Cut him and don't look back.

The Pickup - Eric Hosmer - Kansas City Royals - First Base - 57.4% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Hosmer is the hottest pickup in fantasy right now, so his presence in this spot shouldn't be a surprise, but if he's unowned in your league you should pick him up.  The eighth best prospect in MLB according to Baseball America, He hit twenty home runs in the minors last year, and he was tearing up AAA to the tune of a .439 batting average and 1.107 OPS.  He was called up on Friday and is already showing good signs.  He's 3/9 on the year with three walks and has scored a run, batted one in, and stolen a base already in three games.  He's going to be owned in every league in a week because of his potential, so you need to scoop him up right now.  Savor the joy of a having a young player on your team thats just going to be getting better every day out there.

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