2013 Fantasy Baseball: Top 5 Storylines From Opening Day
Top 5 Opening Day Storylines
The dirt is racked. The lines are painted. The stadiums are full. This all means one thing: the 2013 MLB season has officially started.
Opening Day is magical for many reasons, but for us fantasy baseball fans, it has a completely different meaning. It allows the fantasy community a chance to see plenty of games on national television and it also gives us a shot to scout a ton of young talent.
This year, youngsters like Jackie Bradley Jr., Justin Maxwell, and Bryce Harper have already had huge impacts for their fantasy squads. These kids have the potential to be the next great fantasy stars, so it is nice to see them produce from day one of the new season.
There are also several players that were thought to be injured heading into the 2013 season, but still managed to make their way into the Opening Day lineup for their respective teams. New York Mets 3B David Wright dealt with a back injury, but was able to play. Also San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval was dealing with weight issues and an elbow injury, but also found himself in the heart of the batting order. Both players were supposedly DL-bound, but showed fantasy owners that they were ready to start the year.
Here are some things that you should have noticed on Opening Day of the 2013 fantasy baseball season:
5. Houston Astros Hot Start
After a decade of proving to be useless in fantasy leagues, the Houston Astros could finally be ready to start helping your fantasy lineup. The team trashed the Texas Rangers 8-2 to open the 2013 season and showed that they have some serious fantasy appeal. Players like Justin Maxwell, Jose Altuve, Rick Ankiel, Carlos Pena, and Brett Wallace could all prove to have great fantasy value this season.
4. The Return Of The Home Run
Last season there seemed to be a little bit of a home run-draught to start the year. Opening Day this season, however, has really been packed with power. Expect this to be the year of the home run in fantasy baseball, so make sure to load up on power hitters.
3. Stephen Strasburg Showed He Was Back
After being publicly shutdown last year by the Washington Nationals, Stephen Strasburg proved to be one of the most frustrating pitchers to own during the playoffs. Now two-plus years removed from Tommy John surgery, the team seems completely confident in letting him do what he does best.
Strasburg threw seven innings, while only allowing three hits with no earned runs or walks. It was a classic gem from Strasburg and will once again become the norm from the fireballer.
2. David Wright Proved He Was Healthy
After injuring his back during the 2013 World Baseball Classic, fantasy owners were uncertain if New York Mets 3B David Wright would even be ready for Opening Day. Well, he certainly showed the fantasy community that he was.
Wright finished the game 1-4 with one RBI and one run scored. However, the statistic that showed that Wright is ready to play was his two stolen bases. If he wasn’t healthy, then he wouldn’t be sliding in the dirt so much in the first game of the year. Now that he has a clean bill of health, look for Wright to have another All-Star fantasy season.
1. Bryce Harper Showed Off Power
Sophomore outfielder, Bryce Harper, crushed two long balls in his first two at-bats this year and the 20-year-old has certainly started the season off with a bang. Mike Trout may have been the breakout outfielder in 2012, but expect it to be Harper in 2013.