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 catchers and outfielders. I will have a piece up for relief pitchers tomorrow, and starting pitchers on Saturday. I won’t leave you hanging!
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Marlins: No one has been hotter at the position than Salty in the last week. He has three homers and a .471 average over that span, and is riding a five game hitting streak. He is definitely worth picking up in two catcher leagues, at least until he cools off.
Derek Norris, Athletics: He is on the losing side of a platoon with John Jaso, but he has a seven game hitting streak going, and is hitting a ridiculous .611 over that span. He doesn’t have a homer in that span, but if a .611 average doesn’t have you ready to pick him up, you must be really stacked at your catcher and utility positions.
Welington Castillo, Cubs: Castillo is hitting .353 with a homer over the last week, and continues to get the lion’s share of the starts at catcher. Yes, the Cub lineup is still pretty punchless, but he can help your average at the very least.
Josmil Pinto, Twins: The Twins have had a rough go of it lately, and mostly because of mother nature. The good part of that is they have to make up the games sometime! Pinto provides some power potential, and his .243 average won’t kill you. Where else can you get five home runs from a catcher that is available in 95 percent of leagues?