2014 Fantasy Baseball: Ben Zobrist’s Value Comes From Positional Eligibility
In fantasy baseball, a player’s positional eligibility can sometimes pigeonhole a star into just one position. Most All-Stars qualify for one spot, and one spot alone.
However, once in awhile there are players that can be used in a couple different spots. The best example of one of these multi-positional stars is Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist.
Zobrist is the fantasy version of a Swiss Army knife. The veteran shockingly qualifies to play second base, shortstop, and in the outfield in almost every single format. He can even play all three spots in the outfield, as he played 39 games in right field, four games in left, and one game in center. His ability to be plugged into half of the offensive positions gives him a huge boast in fantasy and will no doubt make him a very popular option in draft day.
Zobey finished with a .275 batting average and added an impressive .354 On Base Percentage. The 32-year-old can also be a decent source of power. He hit just 12 home runs last year, but he has clubbed 20 homers in the two seasons before that, so the power is obviously there.
The veteran can be a threat on the bases as well. He has swiped double-digit bases in five straight seasons and even recorded a jaw-dropping 24 steals back in 2010. Zobrist may have slowed down with age, but he still has the speed to steal 15-plus bases in 2104. There aren’t many options at second that have 20-20 potential and Zobrist’s all-around game makes him a fantasy superstar.
Zobrist is one of the best value picks after the first couple rounds. He will give fantasy owners instant depth around the infield, and considering all of his intangibles, Zobrist may be the perfect second basemen to grab this spring.