Danny Santana is a sneaky, value-play in fantasy baseball
Danny Santana is the 24 year-old shortstop/center fielder for the Minnesota Twins, who is flying under-the-radar in a lot of fantasy baseball and daily leagues. This is Santana’s first full season up with the big league club, he played in 101 games last season, sustaining a .319 average with 40 RBI and 20 SB, very solid numbers for a young player.
Santana started 2015 slowly, batting below .200 two weeks ago, but he has started to turn his season around. He is currently on a three-game hit streak, hitting safely in 11 out of the last 13 games, collecting 18 hits during that span. This has raised his average to .269, but he is lacking in the other categories that would set him apart as a must-own player: HR, RBI, and SB. He does not have a home run, only seven RBI, and a mere two stolen bases on the young season. So why is Santana a sneaky play? The season is exactly like Santana, young.
It has taken Danny time to adjust to starting the season as a big league player, and over his last 15 games you can see the improvement in the batters box, and in the Twins win column. Santana is an intriguing fantasy player to own because of his versatility, dual-eligibility at SS/OF. If Paul Molitor starts to unleash Santana on the base-paths (only attempted four stolen bases all year), like is beginning to be reported throughout the local Minnesota media, Danny’s value significantly increases.
Currently, Santana is a solid value-play in daily formats, costing in the mid-to-high 2k range. As a switch-hitter Santana will be in the lineup against most pitchers, but stream him against right-handed pitchers, he is a career .313 hitter against righties. He is also more likely to steal against a right-handed pitcher, increasing his value even more.
The Twins play tonight against the Athletics who throw the right-handed Jesse Chavez to the mound, so look to put Danny Santana in your FanDuel or FantasyKings lineup tonight.
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Dan Schalk is Head Writer for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk
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