Among the hustle and bustle that is Fantasy Baseball, there’s a fine line that tends to be blurred between studs and duds — the quiet producers.
Like a ninja in the night, they’re producing at a solid rate, who you can pickup off the waiver wire and play on a regular basis, but gets no credit because of their unacknowledged swiftness.
They won’t put up the flashy production like a Bryce Harper, Mike Trout or Paul Goldschmidt, but their positive gameplay will benefit you in the long run.
As we get late into the Fantasy season, it’s the quiet producers that may be the difference in winning your league.
Go and collect your Chinese stars and blend in with the night you ninja you and take notice to these five players who have been quietly producing in 2016.
2016 Fantasy Baseball: Five Players Who Have Quietly Been Producing
Melky Cabrera, OF, Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have been an up and down team this year, but one thing stands true, Melky Cabrera has been their most consistent player.
The key word here is consistent. Sure, he’s not blasted 25 homers like his pal Todd Frazier, but he’s hitting at a .293 clip, with 38 runs and 41 RBIs all while hitting in the hear of the White Sox lineup. Sure, this isn’t the Melkman that everyone was used to before he got caught taking steroids, but he is far from being a shell of his former self.
Martin Prado, 2B, Miami Marlins
Martin Prado is what he is — a rock solid player who won’t hurt your team.
Prado has had a very nice 2016 by hitting a robust .325 with 38 runs and 31 RBIs. Sure, not eye popping numbers, but keep in mind Marlins’ cleanup hitter Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t hit his stride yet and Miami is just now starting to piece things together. Prado can always be found hitting atop the lineup and has been a model of consistency his entire career.
Howie Kendrick, 1B/2B/3B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Howie Kendrick was a classic “can’t miss prospect” that, well, missed — in a way. He’s been consistent at being a solid — not great — player.
After striking out (no pun intended) in the off season to find a tong term contract, he resigned with the LA Dodgers for another two years. The start of his 2016 hasn’t gone according to plan, but as of late he’s really been putting it together. As his stat line stands now through July 15, he’s sitting on 36 runs, four HRs and seven SBs, all while hitting a not so typical .261. He’s found himself hitting leadoff as of late and could be looking at solid second half to average out his 2016 — his position eligibility is nice too.
Marcus Semien, SS, Oakland Athletics
The Oakland Athletics has been a disaster this year but one of their lone bright spots has been their shortstop Marcus Semien and for some reason no one seems to care!
Through July 15, he stands on this stat line: 42 runs, 19 homers, 47 RBIs and 5 SBs. Sure, the .239 average is nothing to write home about, but we’re talking huge numbers from the shortstop position! Only rookie sensation Trevor Story has more homers than Semien at the shortstop position, yet Semien gets no love.
Brett Lawrie, 2B/3B, Chicago White Sox
Everyone seems to forget that Brett Lawrie is only 26 years old.
Lawrie has seen his stock drop every time he gets traded — much like he gets lost in the shuffle of the various trades. In his fifth full season in the bigs, Lawrie has already been with three teams, which doesn’t include when he was with the Milwaukee Brewers and was traded as a prospect.
Lawrie’s 2016 season goes as follows: 34 runs, 11 home runs, 35 RBIs, 7 stolen bases, all while batting a modest .257. Not crazy numbers, but if you extrapolate that for a whole season you’re looking at a valuable piece at two semi depleted positions in second and third base.
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