David Freese: Getting Hits and Scoring Runs


When drafting a fantasy baseball team, owners look to target certain stats in specific rounds. You may target power in the early rounds, then move onto wins or quality starts in the middle ones, and then average, steals and saves later. There is one major stat, however, that doesn’t get a lot of recognition. Runs. There is a third baseman available that is scoring a lot of runs, David Freese.

Freese isn’t looked at as a top third baseman. He was ranked as the No. 35 third baseman with a 260.0 ADP, meaning he was widely undrafted. That is a sharp decline from his 2012 All-Star season where he hit 20 home runs and 79 RBI.

This season wasn’t very good for David Freese. He missed over a month with a broken right index finger. He made his return on Sept. 1. On the season, he has 13 homers, 55 RBI and a .260 batting average. He hit .260 and .262 in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

The reason I chose Freese is because he scores run. He has scored at least 50 runs in each of the past four seasons. The Los Angeles Angels lineup struggled a bit throughout the summer, so the runs total could have been a lot higher. 

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When looking through the waiver wire, there are better third baseman and corner infielders better than David Freese. He is the 17th-most added third baseman and the 30th-most added CI over the last seven days. He is behind Matt CarpenterNolan Arenado and Adrian Beltre on the seven-day Rater.

Regardless, Freese has been productive in September. He is the 15th-ranked third baseman over the last 15 days and fourth-ranked over the last seven on the Player Rater. The power potential is there, and with his teammates’ bats heating up, Freese has the opportunity to score runs in the final week.

David Freese isn’t the most attractive person at the bar. But, at the end of the night, he’ll be the one you walk out with. It won’t be pretty, but he should be able to get the job done.

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