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September 25, 2013

Sporer Report

Under the Radar

by Paul Sporer


Are you running out the clock on a title run? Fighting off a team or two nipping at your heels to hold onto said title? Are you the nipper? Perhaps your season was over in August when a rash of injuries made that comeback just too far-fetched.

I certainly hope the majority of you are taking part in one of the first three scenarios, but regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, you likely missed some nice seasons in 2013. I don’t just mean those by players who weren’t on your fantasy team. You may have missed them altogether, because they weren’t on a competitor’s team or playing a lot of games against your hometown team. Here is a closer look at 10 solid fantasy seasons from sub-.500 clubs, which may have missed your radar in 2013.

FIRST BASE

Brandon Belt, SF
Belt logged the sixth-highest wRC+ among qualified first basemen at 137 (tied with Brandon Moss), setting career highs in home runs (16), RBI (62), doubles (35), runs scored (74), batting average (.287), and slugging percentage (.472), and eclipsing last year’s 145 games played on Wednesday night. With a home run total that ranks 24th among first basemen, Belt is more of a corner infielder than a primary first baseman in the fantasy game, but he took a nice step forward at 25 years old and still has another level to jump before hitting his ceiling.

SECOND BASE

Daniel Murphy, NYM
Murphy improved on his 2012 season, which essentially boiled down to an empty batting average. He hit .291 last year, but offered just six homers, 65 RBI, and 62 runs scored in addition. This year, he lost just eight points on the batting average while doubling his home run (12) and stolen base (20) outputs, along with career highs in RBI (73) and runs scored (91).

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