Fantasy Baseball – Consistency Triple Play – Week 19
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!
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!
Albert Pujols – 1B/DH, Cardinals
With this one, I’m throwing consistency out the window (don’t tell Bob) and going with my heart. In my 20 – plus years of playing fantasy baseball, I don’t think I have ever owned Albert in any format, so that part is cool. For deeper league players, he could be a nice little add for the stretch run. The DH rule gave him a bit more value this season, and he will get opportunities to be in the lineup as he chases the 700 home run plateau. Pujols is hitting .276 with a .348 OBP to go with 14 homers. He’s one of the most added players over the past week, so if you’re going to add him, you had better hurry. Here’s to you Albert on a great career!
Jorge Mateo – SS, Orioles
With this one, I’m writing more with my gut. As in the sick feeling this gives me because I cut Mateo early on this season in a league where I could really use his services this time of year. He’s surged into the Top 20 in total points and is 67% consistent on the season. If you’re a dynasty player, you’ve known Mateo since his early days in the Yankees’ system. His speed was his standout tool, and not too many prospects hit the minors with his kind of speed. However, it’s tough to steal if you can’t get on base. Mateo’s slash line has never been impressive, and that continues to be the case with his current .228/.276/.400 line. But this is playoff time! We need steals and homers! If that’s the case, he’s your guy. He’s getting scooped up quickly, but with an outside shot at 15 homers and 30 steals, those counting stats could be the difference.
Justin Steele – P, Cubs
You can never have enough pitching in fantasy, especially this time of year. Steele checks in at 59% consistent and is available in over 50% of Yahoo leagues. The Cubs are bad, so he’s not going to help in the win column. However, it’s rare to find a starter on the waiver wire that averages over a strikeout per inning, but Steele is doing that along with a 3.18 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .244 off of him, and he has decreased his HR% from a whopping 4.8% in 2021 all the way down to 1.6% this season. He did leave his last start with back tightness, but all indications are he is ok, and it was nothing serious. Steele figures to be a key mid-rotation piece, especially with RP eligibility. If you can’t grab him now, add him to your radar for 2023 drafts as a nice way to round out your starting rotation.