Royals Fantasy Value – Setting The Bar

Taking a look at the Royals roster, there are quite a few players that could find a roster spot but only a couple are making enough noise to possibly earn a starting role. The Royals haven’t been exactly a hot bed for fantasy talent as of late. Zach Greinke was a fantasy gem last season but now is fighting to stay on the active rosters each week. Here’s a look at some position players worthy of a roster spot and their currently statistics.

R 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA % Owned Pos Rank Overall Rank
Billy Butler 1B 40 24 0 8 42 0 0.320 97 12 117
Jose Guillen OF 42 11 2 14 52 3 0.276 74 42 141
Alberto Callaspo 3B 37 19 2 7 36 3 0.273 71 10 228
David DeJesus OF 40 22 3 5 35 3 0.325 64 33 118
Scott Podsednik OF 39 5 4 3 33 24 0.302 57 8 36

Butler is the only Royal position player that should be considered for a active spot. His Batting Average (BA) is currently top 10 in the American League (AL) while on his way to producing similar number as 2009. If his BA falls below .300, his value will go down only because first base is a power position and he doesn’t have the power numbers to keep up.

Gullen and DeJesus are mostly worthy of a backup positions but in leagues with 12 or more teams, they should be active. Guillen will give power numbers while DeJesus will add Doubles (2B) and BA. Either one could be useful in their strong areas depending on team needs. DeJesus probably isn’t owned as much as Guillen mostly because he isn’t as well known but having a BA Top 10 in the AL should help him get noticed.

Callaspo is valuable since he qualifies to play 2nd and 3rd Base. He has mostly played 3rd this season. He should only be used in a back-up role. At 3rd, there is no real help at a power position but at 2nd, he could be useful if a team is desperate and needing to fill a spot.

It’s amazing the 8thranked outfielder is only owned by 57% of all leagues. Rankings are no help to Podsednik. Even though his rankings are very good, it shows most owners really only care out the power numbers. If there is a team short stolen bases each week while strong in other areas, picking up Podsednik would be a good idea. He could also assist with the BA as well.

As far as the pitching staff is concerned, here’s a look at some pitchers worthy of a roster spot and their currently statistics.

Record ERA CG SV K K/BB WHIP % Owned Pos Rank Overall Rank
Zach Greinke SP 4-8 3.94 2 0 92 72 1.1964 97 65 136
Joakim Soria CL 0-1 2.56 0 22 38 30 1.1053 90 9 55

Soria is one of the best closers this season and should be active in all leagues. There is no reason for him to be on the bench. Start him now.

Greinke is not quite the same Greinke as last season but should be active on all rosters. His record and Earned Run Average (ERA) doesn’t show a successful starting pitcher but his other numbers are very good. Grienke’s Walks plus hits per innings pitched (WHIP) and Strikeouts over Walks (K/BB) is well above average. The only reason for not activating Greinke should be if a teams rotation is deep and he’s not needed. Other than that, don’t be afraid of the record and start him.

Stats and rankings courtesy of CBSSports.com

Scott Yerbic brings fantasy analysis to i70baseball.com every Monday for both the Royals and the Cardinals.

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