Having a player on your roster that can play three or more positions can be invaluable in fantasy baseball. When a top guy goes down, a good utility man can be a life savor for you season. Three guys I have had my eye on this year have not only turned out to be excellent fixtures for you bench, but also solid starters for your team as well. Mark DeRosa , Brandon Inge, and Marco Scutaro are the three men that have garnered a great deal of attention in the market of fantasy utility men so far this year.
Mark DeRosa (2B,3B,OF): has started right back up where he left off last season. The well traveled career utility man has finally gotten playing time the last three seasons, and he has not disappointed. He has averaged about 15 homeruns, nearly 78 runs driven in, and batted over .290 during this period. Last season was his best for the Cubs. He hit 21 homeruns, drove in 87, and hit .285 in 149 games (I am still scratching my head on why Chicago did not re-sign this guy). With eight homeruns and 34 driven in already this year, DeRosa looks well on his way to another solid season.
Brandon Inge (C,3B,OF): has been huge for a great deal of owners this season. A waiver wire guy that has twelve homeruns already (and plays everyday with availably at catcher) is worth his weigh in fantasy gold. Inge (who I know is happy not to be playing catcher for real anymore) also has 33 driven in, 32 runs scored, and is batting a respectable .269 this year. Look for Inge to continue to pile up numbers, be on the field everyday, and play a dynamite third base for the Tigers through the rest of the 09 season.
Marco Scutaro (2B,3B,SS): has to be the biggest surprise out of all three of these men. Scutaro (who has always been knocked for not being an ”everyday guy”) has thrived as the Toronto everyday lead off man, and shows no signs of slowing down. He is working on a career year in virtually every offensive category this season. He has five homers, 25 driven in, five stolen bases, is batting .299, and is tied for the major league lead with 43 runs. With a Toronto team near the top of the AL East race, look for Scutaro to continue to perform at a high level the rest of the way for the Jays.
No one is immune to the injury bug in fantasy baseball. That is why guys like these three are big when you are trying to make it through the dog days of summer in your fantasy league. When a big dog goes down, it is comforting to know that a Mark DeRosa is on your bench waiting to take up the slack.