There are a lot of fantasy baseball leagues that use batting average as one of their main statistics towards who wins and loses each week and usually players with low batting averages are shunned in the fantasy game. Adam Dunn is a great example of this as Dunn hits around .200 but brings 40-45 home runs to the table. Dunn is a lot like Rob Deer or Dave Kingman and in fantasy baseball that is not a good thing.
While home runs are a big deal especially in today’s game where the home run ball just isn’t happening as much as it used to, Dunn is a great asset to have but not one I would take my chances on because of the low batting average. Dunn kills a lot of categories like hits and batting average and is a player that I won’t be drafting in 2013. I agree that Dunn is a great player who has hit 40 or more home runs five of the last six seasons but I just can’t take a player with a .200 batting average unless I’m gathering a bunch of players who hit well over .300.
Dunn also has limited positional value being the designated hitter most of the time for the Chicago White Sox. Dunn did play enough at first base in 2012 to allow him to be placed there in your fantasy starting lineup but if I’m picking a DH in 2013, I’ll take Billy Butler over Dunn. Butler produces a higher batting average and around the same power numbers. Adam Dunn is just a player at this point that you put in if you need home runs on the final day or two of the week.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.