Terra’s Take: 5 Add/Drop for the Week of 7/7
Any fantasy baseball manager knows how important free agent additions can be in the grinding marathon that is the baseball season. Whether it is needing to fill a hole left by an injury or a proven talent just isn’t what he used to be, there’s no shame in seeking help from the players who weren’t “good enough” to make it on someone else’s team. Here are the top five players you should pick up and ride while they’re hot.
– C.J Cron, 1B LAA: Cron is the starting designated hitter for the Angles, and has been hitting pretty efficiently over the past ten days. He’s gone 11 for his last 35 and brought his season average up to .292. In those past ten days, he’s also hit 3 HR and 8 this season which isn’t too bad since he’s only played in half of their games. He’s currently hitting at the end of the lineup but should be moved up soon over the struggling David Freese. Cron is only owned in 32% of ESPN leagues and 22% of Yahoo! leagues.
– Mike Zunino, C Sea: The young catcher for the Mariners is impressing people with his power numbers. He’s hit 12 HR and half of his hits have been for extra bases. He’s situated in the middle of Seattle’s lineup, so he should get a fair amount of at bats compared to other catchers. While he won’t hit for average, the power threat is legitimate and catcher has always been one of those positions where any offense is appreciated. Zunino is owned in 22% of ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.
– Santiago Casilla, RP SF: Casilla recently took over the Giants closing job after losing it to Romo a few years ago. Fantasy owners may recall that he has the talent to do the job, and now he has the chance to prove it. He’s gotten his first two saves over the past few days and is currently sporting a 1.15 ERA in 31 innings so far this season. He’s a ground ball pitcher so he won’t strike a lot of people out, but his WHIP of 0.89 suggests that he is quite effective at getting people out in close games. He is currently owned in only 30% of ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.
– Joe Smith, RP LAA: Smith appears to be safely situated in the closer’s role even after the acquisition of Jason Grilli from the Pirates. He has a win and 5 SVs in the past ten days and has struck out 12 in 9.1 innings. The Angels don’t appear to be blowing people away so expect them to play in a lot of close games which should be beneficial for Smith and his fantasy owners. He is currently owned in 83% of ESPN leagues and 53% in Yahoo! leagues.
– Henderson Alvarez, SP Mia: Alvarez looks like he is Miami’s most consistent starter since the loss of Jose Fernandez. Alvarez has won his last three decisions and the team has won the last nine games he has pitched in, which speaks to his ability to keep his team in the game. Overall on the season, Alvarez is 5-3 with an impressive 2.23 ERA in 17 starts. He also has three shutouts on the year and has a 3:1 K/BB ratio. Alvarez is owned in 59% of ESPN leagues and 47% of Yahoo leagues.
Sometimes, what is more important to a team isn’t picking up the right person so much as cutting the dead weight. Here are five guys whose outlooks are growing dimmer by the day and you should consider parting with.
– Josh Willingham, OF Min: Coming back from an injury and joining a lineup that includes Kendrys Morales, Joe Mauer and hot hitting rookie Danny Santana, Willingham was looking to replicate some of the success he had last year. Willingham’s average though has dropped to .229 over that past month and a half and he hasted shown the power he had last year. This has resulted in his ownership dropping to 23% in ESPN leagues and 17% in Yahoo!
– Gerardo Parra, OF Ari: Parra in the past has shown that he can steal bases, hit for some power and hit for an average. Usually not all at the same time for a constant period, but usually he is good for one of those three. This year, Parra isn’t doing any of that. He only has 5 HR, 5 SB and is hitting .249. He hasn’t missed any time due to injury, so either he is playing through it, or it’s just mental. Owners are hoping that he can right the ship in the second half, but many have already given up. His ownership is down to 13% of ESPN leagues and 14% in Yahoo!
– Xander Bogaerts, SS/3B Bos: The much anticipated rookie has been struggling mightily as of late. He is hitless in his last seven games and is 2-38 in his last ten. He isn’t showing the discipline and bat control that he showed during last year’s playoffs and manager John Farrell has stated there is no plan to remove him from the lineup or send him back down to the minors. His ownership in ESPN and Yahoo! leagues have dropped to around 60% from what was 80 and 70 respectively.
– Phil Hughes, SP Min: For the majority of this season, Hughes looked like he was taking to post New York life pretty well.
Over his last couple of outings though, Hughes has struggled going 1-3 with 19 ER and 35 H in 27 IP. His season ERA has gone up about a full run in these starts and he isn’t getting out of some of the jams he was in the beginning of the season. As a result, his ownership in ESPN leagues has dropped to 48% and 52% in Yahoo!
– Alex Cobb, SP TB: Cobb has been one of the many Rays players that just isn’t performing to his capabilities. Despite winning his last two starts, his ERA remains close to 4.30. In each of his last three starts, Cobb hasn’t gotten past the sixth inning in any of them and his ERA in those starts is a whopping 7.20. Couple that with the Rays anemic offense and the result is a very bleak outlook for Cobb’s owners. He’s been dropped to 78% ownership in ESPN leagues and 85% in Yahoo! which is pretty low for someone who was projected in the top 100 of both leagues.