Despite a poor start to their season, the Boston Red Sox have been playing great baseball as of late. Known as a playoff-oriented team, there are many great Red Sox players who should be included in the discussion of fantasy baseball. There are 12 Red Sox players who would make great fantasy baseball assets. Because of this large number and because I will attempt to give much in-depth analysis on each player, I have divided the Red Sox fantasy edition into two volumes. This first volume will detail the first six Red Sox players who should be considered in every fantasy baseball league.
Adrian Gonzalez (Bos – 1B)
Known for his consistent powerful swing, Adrian Gonzalez has been what the Red Sox desired when they signed him earlier this spring. Thus far, Gonzalez has proven that he is among the elite first basemen as he great numbers of 30 runs, 9 homeruns, 41 RBIs, 1 stolen base, and a whopping .342 batting average. Draft Gonzalez in the first round. If already drafted and he is on your team, keep him. If already drafted and not on your team, consider trading for Gonzalez if your team is not performing well offensively.
Carl Crawford (Bos – OF)
Once a first-round caliber player, Carl Crawford has been having a terrible season for the Red Sox. Known for his speed and diligence, Crawford has a terrible stat-line of 16 runs, 1 HR, 13 RBI’s, 6 SB, and a .209 average. Have faith in Crawford and draft Crawford in the early to mid-rounds. If already drafted and you have him, enjoy Crawford’s probable resurgence. If already drafted and you do not have him, consider trading for Crawford as he will most likely progress to his career numbers as the year goes on.
Clay Bucholz (Bos – SP)
After winning 17 games last season, Clay Bucholz is having a quiet 2011 season. So far, Bucholz has pitched 52.2 innings and has decent numbers of 4-3, 37:21 K/BB ratio, 3.42 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.41. Draft Bucholz in the middle rounds. If already drafted and he is on your team, keep him. If already drafted and not on your team, consider trading for Bucholz as Bucholz has been improving over his past four starts.
David Ortiz (Bos – Util)
Despite being 35 and having sore knees, David Ortiz has been having a surprisingly great season this year. In 164 at-bats, Ortiz has scored 23 times, homered 9 times, and has 22 RBI’s along with a batting average of .299. Draft Ortiz in the mid to late-rounds. If already drafted and he is on your team, keep him. If already drafted and not on your team, add him to your watch list. At this time, I do not recommend trading for Ortiz as he may not maintain his current level of performance.
Dustin Pedroia (Bos – 2B)
Three years removed from his 2008 AL MVP season, Dustin Pedroia is having a mediocre season. In 176 at-bats, Pedroia only has 25 runs, 2 homeruns, 10 RBI’s, 9 SB, and a meager average of .244. Draft Pedroia in the middle rounds. If already drafted and he is on your team, keep him. If already drafted and he is not on your team, consider adding him to your watch list. Rattled with injuries last year, Pedroia is possibly a good “buy low, sell high” option as long as he stays healthy.
Jacoby Ellsbury (Bos – OF)
The last Red Sox player analyzed in the first volume is Jacoby Ellsbury. Unlike some other Red Sox players who battled injuries last year, Ellsbury is having a great season as he has compiled an impressive stat-line of 28 runs, 4 homeruns, 22 RBI’s, 15 stolen bases, and a .295 average. As long as Ellsbury stays healthy, he will probably remain among the elite outfielders. Draft Ellsbury in the early to mid-rounds. If already drafted and on your team, watch him daily to ensure that you are up to date with his health. If already drafted and not on your team, do not trade for him as his stock is currently very high.
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