Last year David Murphy worked his way to a ho-hum season: 65 R, 15 HR, 61 RBI, 10 SB, and a .304 BA. Despite excelling in just batting average, that fantasy line was good enough for 105th overall in the game. Murphy doesn’t wow anywhere, but he doesn’t disappoint either.
Best of all, he’s been giving us that boring, balanced line for five years now, and his fantasy relevance has come with some noticeable improvements in batting average. His strikeout rate has improved a tick over the last few years, and last year Murphy posted career-bests in both walk rate (10.4%) and line drive rate (21.2%). It shouldn’t be surprising that all of that led to his first .300 season.
At a Glance
Strengths: BA, OBP, OPS
Neutral: R, HR, RBI, SB, SLG
Best-case scenario: Ben Zobrist (TB)
Likely scenario: Nick Markakis (BAL), Howie Kendrick (LAA), Alexei Ramirez (CHW)
Worst-case scenario: Dexter Fowler (COL)
David Murphy 2013 Fantasy Projection
Another .300+ campai...