They’re baaack! After a super-long vacation, the Low-Budget All-Stars have returned.
They’re not bigger. They might be a little better. But they’ll definitely help you add pop to your fantasy lineup at low, low prices.
For those new to the program, here’s how the LBAS’s work: Every week, I’ll post the best value picks for each position in fantasy baseball.
And if you see any players out there putting up huge numbers at affordable prices, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email!
And now, on to the show…
Zach Duke, Pittsburgh Pirates ($5,400,000) – Duke is averaging 7.1 IP and 4 K’s per game over his first four starts of the season.
Brian Bruney, New York Yankees ($2,100,000) – He doesn’t get any save chances, but thanks to unreliable teammates, Bruney is piling up points faster than I can make fun of the Fantasy Wizard. And I'm pretty quick with Wiz jokes.
John Baker, Florida Marlins ($3,400,000) – Nearly half the price of Russell Martin, he’s outperforming the Dodgers catcher in almost every offensive category, including batting average (.278, to Martin’s .216) and slugging (.407 to .270).
Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox ($5,600,000) – Currently ranks third among AL first baseman in batting average (.333), with 18 RBI for good measure.
Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays ($3,100,000) – Hill has already racked up 5 HR and 20 RBI in just 24 games this season. Those are outfielder numbers.
Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers ($4,400,000) – Leads all third baseman in home runs with seven (so far).
Marco Scutaro, Toronto Blue Jays ($5,800,000) – Hungh?!? Marco Scutaro, productive fantasy shortstop? I say again, "hungh?!?"
Chris Duncan, St. Louis Cardinals ($3,300,000) – Of his 20 hits, eight have been of the extra-base variety.
Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles ($5,000,000) – seven doubles + four home runs + 18 runs batted in = a must-have LBAS in center field.
Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers ($3,000,000) – Cruz’s pop at the plate (6 HR, 17 RBI) makes him an excellent value pick if you’re low on cash.