American League offense watch list
September, 20, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Two weeks ago I went through each and every National League team's offense to detail thoughts on who has done well, who will do well and well, other things. Just to be fair, let's try it again today with the American League hitters!
New York Yankees
Tops on Player Rater: Robinson Cano is first, and he's having another terrific season, having reached a career high in home runs and still, Derek Jeter is right with him. Incredible. These guys rank second and third behind Jose Reyes among all middle infielders in fantasy.
Available guy to watch: Not much time left in the season, but certainly Brett Gardner could be used to pinch run, and Russell Martin might reach 20 home runs.
Noteworthy stat: Curtis Granderson could join Adam Dunn (2006) as the only players to hit 40 home runs and not slug .500. Of course, Dunn might do it again this year, too.
Tops on Player Rater: Adam Jones is far and away tops, but kudos to Chris Davis for a solid campaign. Honestly, a .258 batting average isn't that bad for him.
Available guy to watch: It feels dirty to suggest outfielder Nate McLouth, but he's doing fine as the Nick Markakis replacement. McLouth is second on the team with eight stolen bases.
Noteworthy stat: Manny Machado will be eligible only at third base for fantasy next season, but the bigger concern is his three walks versus 30 strikeouts. Doesn't mean he can't be Starlin Castro, but I think we're hoping for more.