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.
John Jaso, Athletics: Yes, he is in a platoon with Derek Norris, but he bludgeons right handed pitching. He has three homers in his last four games. He is also hitting a robust .438 over the last two weeks. He is on the favorable side of the platoon, and you know exactly when his days off will be. His is worth playing when he is in the lineup.
Steve Clevenger, Orioles: He is 8-21 with a couple of RBI since Matt Wieters went down. With the news that Wieters will have Tommy John surgery, Clevenger is assured of lots of playing time. He is hitting .300 on the season, so he is worth putting in your lineup as long as he keeps hitting.
Mike Zunino, Mariners: He will probably continue to yield a couple of starts a week to veteran John Buck, which will be annoying. Zunino is riding a modest six game hitting streak, and has hit half of his six homers over the past two weeks. He seems to be heating up, and for those of you in need of power, he is worth a look.