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Fantasy Baseball StockWatch: Dodgers 2B Alex Guerrero
Alex Guerrero is the Dodgers’ best fantasy baseball asset. The quicker the team realizes they need his offense and gives him greater playing time, the better off fantasy owners will be.
It’s a bold statement, I know, about a team with Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig, but hear me out. Gonzalez is a first baseman and Puig is an outfielder – positions in fantasy baseball with many other options.
Guerrero is currently eligible at second base and, depending on your league rules, third base now as well. Which makes him extremely valuable as he can fill your 2B, 3B, MI and CI spots (and UT/DH of course). Infielders with 30-HR potential aren’t exactly a dime a dozen.
Scouts have doubted him in the past, and there’s plenty of rumors and evidence that his teammates don’t like him very much (remember Miguel Olivo going all Mike Tyson on him last season?). But there’s no doubt that he has flat-out hit since coming to the United States. His .994 OPS across three minor-league stops last season indicates that he’s having no problem adjusting to facing U.S. pitching.
Then we come to this season. It’s getting ridiculous. In extremely limited action, he is second only to Gonzalez in HRs (5) and RBIs (13), while leading the team in OPS (1.773). Obviously his sample size is limited, but he is producing at an amazing clip (.500/.500/1.273) and has more HRs than games started so far. He also has hit a walk-off single, two pinch-hit homers and drove in four of the Dodgers six total runs in the series that just wrapped up against the Giants. Also, he has homered in three of the four games he has started in.
Of course, the reason he’s not playing almost every day is the Dodgers have decided to get farther in October, they need to play good defense. Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins were brought in to make sure that happened, and Guerrero’s road block at third base, Juan Uribe, is spectacular defensively and hasn’t been too bad with the bat the past few years either.
But the Dodgers need to both reach October and figure out a way to get Guerrero’s bat into the lineup more. I think they will mix him in more often going forward, so for fantasy baseball purposes, stash him on your bench (or farm) and wait. He can be a nice cheap option in DFS if you see he’s in the lineup. And now that Carl Crawford has gone on the DL, manager Don Mattingly acknowledged the need to get Guerrero more at-bats. He got his first start in the outfield, so he could be on his way to adding outfield eligibility as well.
They could also trade him to another team that might play him every day immediately, though he would probably have to agree to waive his opt-out clause after this season for team to want to trade for him
We have him ranked all the way up to #26 in our in-season second base rankings, and #28 in our third base rankings and if his playing time grows, expect to see him get even higher.
Check out the following YouTube clip of Guerrero’s hitting prowess and pick him up now if he’s still available.