Chicago White Sox: Fantasy Baseball

Is red-hot slugger Dayan Viciedo for real?

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
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Karabell By Eric Karabell
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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesDayan Viciedo ranks second on the ESPN Player Rater over the past 15 days.
Only one member of the Chicago White Sox shows up in the top 20 on ESPN's Player Rater over the past 30 days, and it's not first baseman Paul Konerko or hot left-handed pitcher Chris Sale.

It's outfielder Dayan Viciedo. Many of us figured Viciedo would hit for power, but he's doing so much of it in the past few weeks that it has fantasy owners adding him to their teams left and right. Viciedo entered Wednesday as the most added player in ESPN standard leagues, and I believe the power is for real, if not the rest of his offense, too.

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De Aza looking good as Sox leadoff hitter

March, 9, 2012
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Karabell By Eric Karabell
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Alejandro De Aza AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastEric Karabell searches for hidden fantasy gems and finds a few leadoff hitters, including Alejandro De Aza, who can help owners.
If you were competing in fantasy baseball all the way back in 2007 -- or were simply a fan of the Florida Marlins -- then surely the spring training exploits of then-unknown outfielder Alejandro De Aza caught your attention. De Aza hit .354 over 48 at-bats, stole four bases and won himself the starting center field job to open the real season. De Aza played in meaningful games for about a week, hit safely in each game, hurt himself and was gone for four months. He didn't resurface for fantasy owners until August of last season, when he started earning regular playing time with the Chicago White Sox.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.17 208 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208