Welcome back to “Off The Deep End”, where I will give you fantasy baseball tips on who to pick up in deeper leagues. For people who play standard leagues, drop/add columns are easy for you to find, but for those of you that love deeper leagues, advice can be harder to come by. That is where I can help. All of these players are available in 85% or more of ESPN leagues.
This piece will focus on corner infielders and catchers. Tune back in tomorrow for middle infielders!
Gaby Sanchez, Pirates: True, he would seem to be on the wrong end of a platoon with Travis Ishikawa, but a closer look reveals that Gaby has started two games against right-handed pitchers in the last ten days. Gaby putting the “Homer” back in Homer Bailey can’t hurt his chances going forward. He could add power to your team if you need it.
Garrett Jones, Marlins: Yes, I know he is hitting just .231, but beggars in deep leagues can’t be choosers. He will get plenty of RBI opportunities in the middle of the Marlins’ lineup. Especially hitting behind Giancarlo Stanton. They still won’t pitch to him if they can help it. Jones homered in two consecutive games earlier this week. He is worth an add at this point.
Lucas Duda, Mets: Not since Albert Pujols has someone spawned so many team names (Duda, Where’s My Car, Duda Look Like A Lady, etc.). Other than that, he has had little impact on most fantasy teams. Duda won’t see much time at 1B with all of the injuries in the Mets outfield, but fantasy players don’t care. His eligibility will not change until next year. Still, in deep leagues, it is nice to have guys eligible at several positions in daily leagues, and Duda is assured playing time for a least a couple of weeks. He has shown in his brief career that he can get hot for bits at a time. He had four hits on Monday, so this could be the start of something.
Yonder Alonso, Padres: True, Alonso isn’t putting up much for counting stats lately, but he is hitting for a good average. If you are thin at 1B in a league that plays two of them, he won’t hurt you, which is about all you can ask for in a low-tier starter.