Here’s a pair of players with low ownership rates that could give your team a nice temporary boost…
Aubrey Huff | 1B/OF | Giants | 17%
Quick, guess which everyday player leads the Giants in wOBA? Okay, it’s Andres Torres at .380. But guess who’s second? It’s Huff, at .376. He’s rebounded very well from a dreadful 2009 season, thanks in part to the highest walk rate of his career (11.6 BB%) and his lowest strikeout rate in six years (13.5 K%). A slight (~2%) boost in Huff’s line drive and fly ball rates have pushed his ISO back up to respectable .174, so all he needs is some more men on base to drive in. Flexibility is always appreciated from bench players, but just make sure you sit him against southpaws (.331 wOBA vs. LHP, .392 vs. RHP).
Clayton Richard | SP | Padres | 37%
The Padres are in first place because of their stellar pitching (3.73 team xFIP, best in the game) and defense (19.2 UZR, second best), and part of that has been Richard’s rock solid work at the back of the rotation. Although his 2.87 ERA is propped up by a rather high 79.0% strand rate, his defense independent stats are very good (3.36 FIP, 4.08 xFIP), and his strikeout rate (6.65 K/9) is good for a matchup starter on a fantasy club. Two of his next three starts come against the Mariners and Orioles, who are always welcome opponents.
Ownership rates based on Yahoo! leagues.