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August 4, 2014

The Buyer's Guide

Lucas Duda

by J.P. Breen


Every fantasy owner has a handful of players who have repeatedly burned them. Like the sleeper picks who don’t pan out, yet leave you undaunted and going back to the well next season for another bucket of water, only to find out it’s still polluted, pungent, and undrinkable.

Brandon Morrow was one of those guys for me. I felt a brief sense of vindication when he dominated with a 2.96 ERA over 21 starts in 2012, only to suffer extreme heartbreak when he plummeted into the abyss the following year. Luckily, that next season, I shied away from him in general and only resented my impetuousness in a single league. Progress, right?

Another one of “my guys” for a couple years was Lucas Duda. I picked him up in the second half of the 2011 season, where he helped lead one of my keeper leagues to victory with a massive .322/.411/.546 slash line after the All-Star break, and I glommed onto the bandwagon and seemingly couldn’t dislodge myself until this year.

Surprise! I finally discard Duda as a mere piece of fantasy baseball refuse, and he seemingly has become the second coming of Chris Davis—well, the otherworldly version of Chris Davis. His performance has reached another stratosphere in recent weeks. He’s hitting .288/.387/.606 with 15 doubles and 13 homers since the beginning of June and is the fourth-best fantasy player over the past 30 days (FYI: The ageless Torii Hunter is no. 1 in that stretch). Pitchers across the league currently tremble when he digs into the box right now. Simply put, he has been a monster.

Normally, the players featured in this space come from your suggestions in the comments and on Twitter (@JP_Breen). I eschewed a dozen-ish names that were tossed my way on Twitter because I desperately needed to dissect Duda’s performance and ascertain what has been happening. Should we reasonably expect this decimation of the National League to continue? Should fantasy owners try to slide in on the ground level while some folks are likely treating this as a flash in the pan?

As you’re well aware, dear reader, that’s what we do here. Get comfortable. Strap in. Let’s do this.

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