Batters that are consistent week after week are much more enjoyable to have on your roster than those with frequent hot and cold spells. Sure a player putting up 50 points in a week can almost single handedly earn you a win, but the three weeks prior where he didn’t break single digits can be extremely frustrating. Especially when such a cold spell leads you to bench said player on the week he finally breaks out for 50 points. As Grey would say “sonofabench”. Byron Buxton punched me in the nuts with one of those last year. In years past Jay Bruce is a hitter that often fell into this category.

Based on some CBS league statistics one of the most consistent hitters in points leagues has been Jonathan Lucroy. The problem is that he’s been consistently subpar. Lucroy has averaged about 8.29 points per week. Here are his weekly point totals: 7, 8, 10, 8, 8, 7 and 10. He is consistently scoring 8 points every week. This is not exactly what you are looking for with regards to productivity.

Moving up the list a bit we come to Dee Gordon. Dee is averaging about 15.71 points per week. His weekly point totals are: 16, 15, 14, 17, 23, 14 and 11. He’s not exactly knocking down the barn door, but at least he’s consistently respectable. I’d be happy with 16 points every week from my second baseman. Scoring double digit points every week is a good thing.

Here’s a name I’m surprised to be mentioned. Andrelton Simmons. A-SIM is averaging 18.57 points per week. He weekly point totals are 16, 18, 11, 21, 28, 22 and 14. If we ignore the 11 point week he would be averaging just under 20 points per week with a 14 point min. Plugging Simmons into short and Gordon into 2B gives us a nice consistent middle infield with at least 36 points each week.

Mookie Betts is averaging about 31.86 points per week. That’s pretty freaking good. You can say that again. That again. His weekly totals have been very consistent along the way. Those totals are: 26, 30, 33, 25, 40, 29 and 40. Nothing lower than 25. Numbers like these make Mookie the most attractive hitter in points leagues.

Jose Quintana is one player I own in all of my points leagues. The other is Ozzie Albies. One for two ain’t so bad. And I’m expecting Quintana to rebound. With weekly point totals of 26, 25, 13, 36, 15, 20 and 25 Albies is averaging almost 23 points per week. Just to emphasize the value of consistency imagine if Ozzie’s point totals looked like this: 9, 9, 9, 50, 11 and 50. Sure those 50 point weeks would be awesome, but the rest of the weeks stink. Either way they still average out to the same 23 points per week. Two different paths to the same place, but I prefer the first set of totals.

Other players that have exhibited consistency so far this season include Cesar Hernandez, Denard Span, Alex Bregman and Jose Abreu.

Only ten batters have scored double digit points (at least ten) every week. These players are: Dee Gordon, Andrelton Simmons, Mookie Betts, Jed Lowrie, Ozzie Albies, Jose Ramirez, Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez, Mike Trout and Manny Machado. These stats exclude week one in leagues where it was a short 3/4 day week.

Didi Gregorius was the bees knees, the apes tits or whatever the kids are calling it theses days for the first month of the season. But since then he has become almost benchable. Is that a real word? Spell checker seems to disagree. Here are Didi’s point totals: 46, 11, 31, 37, 6, 5, 0. That is the definition of inconsistent. His weekly average is about 19.43, but those weeks of 11, 6, 5 and 0 are not very user friendly.

Just so Didi doesn’t feel like I am specifically singling him out, I’ll throw another player to the wolves. By the way, the word on the street has it that Did actually reads the Razzball site. What up Didi! Scooter Gennett is averaging just under 14 points per week. Not great, but could be worse. However, here are his weekly point totals: 1, 10, 7, 30, -4, 43 and 8. Was that a niner in there? I mean was that a minus four in there? I think those number speak for themselves. How could you possible start Scooter in a weekly league?

Here are some other inconsistent players in points leagues: Eddie Rosario, Willson Contreras, Brandon Belt, Kyle Seager and Maikel Franco.

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  1. Jason Morgan says:
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    Good read, but finding consistent players is a lot harder than you make it sound.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Agreed. Just pointing out a few YTD…

  2. Ryan741 says:
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    Malamoney, need your trade opinion in a H2H points keeper league. I was offered Greinke who is a 5th round keep for Alex Reyes who is a 13th round keep. I’m sure I know your answer, but would still like your opinion. Also, was offered Severino who is a 12th for my Roark, Mikolas, Giles, Colome and Treinen. Seems like a lot to give up, but I’m getting a stud. Saves and wins both worth 7 points, but QS worth 3. There are quite a few solid setup guys available, like Edwards Jr., and we also get 3 points for a hold.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Ryan741: First question. Where are you in the standing?

      That’s a tough one, but given the round difference and age, I’m taking Reyes. But it’s damn close.

      Do you have any other RP? Or anyone you can grab off the wire? How many RP spots do you have. I’m leaning toward taking Severino though as I always want the best player in the trade.

      • Ryan Horner says:
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        @malamoney I am currently tied for 1st at 6-1 with 2 other guys, one team 5-2, the other 8 are 3-4 or worse. I lean Reyes, just because he could be a monster trade chip to the teams knocked out of the playoffs who need a keeper. We can play 4 RP, have 2 RP spots and 2 P spots. But there are guys like Lugo Gsellmen who have that SP eligibility. Right now, my SP are Roark, Wood, Gray, Castillo, Mikolas, Clevinger, Velazquez, Stripling plus Reyes and Stroman on the DL

      • Ryan Horner says:
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        @malamoney also, if I trade those 3 closers, I’d still have Andrew Miller, plus could grab guys like Carl Edwards, Nate Robertson, Betances, Nicasio, etc

  3. POINTS POINTS whats the point anymore says:
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    Bundy or Taillion in a h2h weekly points league 10 team al/nl I just dropped Taillion for bundy… good move or bad. And also traded andrus and arrieta for cory dickerson and cole hammel did I do fine in that trade or give up too much? Thx ….. BTW I have machado and astrubal to play SS and need a OF so I had to do something, the rest of my 4 man bench is on the DL Thx for the help !! P.S. now Dee Gordan on the DL so i’m back to 1 open bench spot everyone else is playing or on the DL and i’m short a starting offense player. my DL players…. C-mart, yadier, Kh Davis and Dee Gordon… F Me ugh..

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