If you’re not only a Red Sox fan, but a baseball fan like me, you probably enjoy the fake game as much as the real game. Fantasy baseball gives the everyday fan the power to put together a big league squad all their own, in the quest for a championship. There is nothing quite as rewarding after a long, grueling, season of staring at a computer screen to come home with the virtual trophy.
To be successful a manger has to care and nurture his team like you would a newborn puppy. But like a puppy, a fantasy team can pee on your rug with a 1/24 performance at the plate. Or maybe bark and whine in the wee hours of the morning like a pitcher on the west coast blowing up your ERA long after you’ve gone to bed, thinking your stats were safe and sound. Bad days will happen and it’s a long season, and as a manager you’ve got to keep that in mind. That’s why the best players are the ones who perform consistently for 162 games. These players make up the core of your team.
Then throughout the season you must add complimentary players. There are plenty of obvious talents on the Sox you’d love to have on your team: Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz, Napoli, Buchholz, and Lester are the names that jump out at you. But where is the cheap, under-the-radar talent? The unheralded add gives your team an extra somethin’? Look no further than Daniel Nava
Jump on Nava if you can. He is making himself a must add. He easily outplayed hyped rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. and will enter into a platoon situation with Jonny Gomes. But with Gomes mighty struggles against righties and Nava swinging a hot bat expect plenty of at-bats for the switch hitter. Nava is getting on base at a .435 clip its clear he is seeing the ball extremely well. That number will dip, but when it does he will still be getting on base at an exceptional rate. What Nava doesn’t do is hit homers, but as the baseball gods have it Nava is tied for the team lead in homers with four. This power surge is a result of the hot bat, but Nava’s patient approach could earn him a starting role by seasons end and spot on your fantasy roster.
In Nava we trust!