Jayson Werth had earned 61 Fantasy Baseball UK points up until last night, putting him in 66th place in the points rankings for outfielders. He’s not a big name and he’s not normally a big points scorer, so it’s no surprise that he is currently owned by 0% of the competitors.
Plenty of fantasy owners will be thinking ‘if only’ after his performance against the Blue Jays last night though: three home runs (and therefore three hits), three runs scored and eight runs batted in. That amounts to a tip-top 48 points. Quite a night for him and the Phillies.
One outfielder who is owned by a fair percentage of FBUK players is Josh Hamilton. Eighteen per cent of the 4396 competitors have him in their side and he is repaying their faith so far with an excellent season. (Back in the real world, this is one of the few trades that has worked out well for both sides, with the Rangers getting a quality centre fielder and the Reds getting an exciting young starter in Edison Volquez) Hamilton had tabled 123 FBUK points prior to his 41 point performance against the Astros last night (including two bombs, a triple and 5 RBIs).
Those points will take Hamilton flying past the Pirates’ Nate Mclouth, who had previously been topping the outfielder charts with 149 points. He could only add four to his total in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Cubs (owners of Tom Gorzelanny will be glad that points aren’t deducted for runs conceded by their pitchers), but neither his fantasy owners nor his real owners will be complaining too much. The Pirates are only two games below .500 and the performances of Mclouth, Nady and Bay have been a key part of their success. Sadly for them, Ryan Doumit’s superb start to the season has just been curtailed by a broken left thumb that will keep him out of action for at least four weeks.
Whether you’re a fantasy owner or a real life GM, you have to accept the good with the bad over the course of a season.