Fantasy Baseball – Consistency Triple Play – Week 13
Ron Rigney is here every week sharing his favorite bats and arms who are performing on a consistent basis yet flying under the radar in your weekly H2H points leagues!
Consistency Triple Play
The Triple Play here at Big Guy Fantasy Sports is geared toward the head-to-head players using the Consistency model. However, don’t go anywhere just yet you roto players! Each week I’ll highlight three bats and three arms that are consistently scoring points but may not be at the top of the total points category. No matter your league format, you need Consistency! Check out the Baseball Consistent Report by clicking here. Here we go!
DJ LeMahieu, 2B – NYY
LeMahieu is a guy I never target in drafts, but somehow end up with from time to time. If you end up with him you know there aren’t eye-popping stats to be had. Instead, he’s a solid piece that contributes to your success. He’s a textbook example of why consistency matters. In 2022 LeMahieu is posting an 83% clutch rate but is not near the leaders in total points. His counting stats are on par with what you’ve come to expect from him during his career. A healthy amount of runs to go along with a handful of homers, steals, and RBI. But that slash line is where he’s getting you those head-to-head category wins. LeMahieu has developed a reputation as a professional hitter. This season he’s sporting a .265/.350/.400 lineup. It sounds crazy to say his batting average has been a letdown the past couple of seasons after we got spoiled with those .300 seasons, even though it has been above .260 with an excellent OBP. This season his BABIP is 20 points lower than last season, but you don’t notice it since his already stellar walk rate is at a career-high of 13%. As long as the muscle in the middle of that Yankee lineup is healthy, LeMahieu is going to post numbers to help your fantasy club.
Jon Berti, 3B – MIA
Quick, name the major league leader in stolen bases thus far in 2022. Unless you own him or you are Billy Beane, you weren’t able to. Berti is a late bloomer in terms of getting a gig at the Major League level, making his debut at age 28 back in 2018. In what is his age 32 season, Berti is giving lineups a spark with his wheels. Much like LeMahieu, he won’t give you much outside of his stolen base totals, and maybe a few runs. In more shallow leagues, he’s tough to start since he’s essentially a one-trick pony. If you play in a league that has multiple UTIL, MI, or DH spots, he’s a perfect fit. 60% of the time he’s giving you a clutch game, and as long as he’s able to keep the OBP at a respectable level, Miami will find him a place in the lineup. His eligibility at multiple spots makes me like him even more. If he’s available somehow in your league, scoop him up as he’s still out there in 25% of Yahoo leagues.
Mitch White, SP – LAD
Back in 2018, I took over a deep team in a 15-team dynasty with minor leaguers. One of the first moves I made was trading for White. I’ve been a fan for a while. Solid stuff, with command and poise, a former second-rounder in an organization that can develop arms. Unfortunately in those organizations that can develop mounds of pitching talent, they are never in a hurry to bring it up. Great for them, sucks for us. White is finally getting a shot and delivering on that promise. With both Walker Buehler and Dustin may on the shelf, the 27-year-old White figures to get a long run in the rotation. In 12 appearances, 7 where he started, he has a 3.38 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP. I’d like to see a few fewer walks than the 3.38/9 he’s allowing, but I don’t expect the number to climb much from there. I do expect to see the ERA climb a bit since his .252 BABIP is a low number that figures to go up a bit. Overall, as long as he’s getting a chance with a potent offense behind him, he’s a must in deep leagues, and figures to be on the radar in more shallow leagues with continued consistency.