Staff writer Tim Hubbard takes at look at some not-so-likely assets that can help fantasy owners fill the gaps in their lineups.
1B | Tampa Bay
Dodgers fans may not have noticed, or my not want to notice, how productive Loney has been for the Rays. After a mostly disappointing seven years with the Dodgers in which he averaged 10 home runs and 60 RBIs, Loney is leading the American League in hitting at .385. Loney still has low-wattage power, but he has provided solid protection for cleanup hitter Evan Longoria.
RP | Arizona
After parlaying an impressive three-year run as San Diego's closer into a fat free-agent deal with Miami, Bell became one of the poster boys for the Marlins' 2012 implosion. Now back in the National League West, Bell has returned to the closer's role after an injury to J.J. Putz. Bell's numbers are far from eye popping (4.40 ERA, 1.39 WHIP), but he's averaging a career-best 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings. With Putz not expected to return until late in the season, it'll be interesting to see if the 35-year-old Bell can hold on to his new gig.
OF-2B | Tampa Bay