Yesterday we honored The All Star Break by looking at the roto dogs of the year, so today, let's look at those underpriced guys who are delivering big seasons.
Note that for dollar value purposes, I used the Tout Wars auction prices which can be checked here. Obviously, depending upon your league and rules, results could be a lot different, but I used the leagues with experienced players using pretty much standard formats as a barometer. The values listed were from the AL/NL only drafts.
C Caleb Joseph $1: It is kind of tough finding a star catcher since the best, who were the most expensive, are either producing pretty well or are Jonathan Lucroy. But, in the realm of $1 backstops, Joseph and his .282-3-14 line over 142 at-bats is exactly what I hope for out of a $1 catcher. Honorable mention to Robinson Chirinos, also a buck, who is hitting only .224, but has 12 dingers over 116 at-bats.
1B Justin Smoak, $2: It is tempting to throw Yonder Alonso here, but for two bucks less Smoak has four more homers, 14 more RBI, and 15 points in batting average. (Note just that difference is better than Alex Gordon has managed to hit all year.)
2B Scooter Gennett $0 FAAB: Gennett, a $0 FAAB acquisition of Grey Albright in Tout more than deserves the props beyond his four-homer game since he has a .317-14-46 line over 202 at-bats.
3B Jedd Gyorko $10: Second most productive third sacker, who hit 30 homers with 59 RBI last year, has 13 dingers and 42 knocks to go with a .305 average.
SS Zack Cozart $5: .316-9-35 with a .946 OPS for five bucks? Seriously?
OF Avisail Garcia $3: .313-11-51 with a couple of steals on a young team without a lot of pressure is helping Garcia realize his potential.
OF Ben Gamel FAAB $101: Gamel spent the first month of the season in Tacoma, making him a FAAB pickup in most leagues. All he has done is return the acquisition by delivering .328-4-28 totals with 42 runs scored.
OF Aaron Judge $3: .330-30-66 with six swipes? Truly, no one saw this coming.
SP Jason Vargas $1: Wow, a 12-3, 2.63 ERA mark from a $1 hurler. The only issue with Vargas is his whiffs are low at 78 over 104 IP. Honorable mention to Ervin Santana who for $5 has a 10-6, 2.99 mark with 91 strikeouts over 108 frames.
RP Greg Holland $5: Major League Leader in saves (28) to go with 43 whiffs over 33.3 innings with a 1.62 ERA.
If you disagree, let me know @lawrmichaels.