Pick up Adam LaRoche and George Springer to boost your OPS

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Over the last ten days, I have highlighted players that can help you in standard 5×5 roto and H2H category leagues.  Now that I have done all of the standard ones, I will get to the requests section of non-standard categories.  Don’t worry, you still have time to make a suggestion if you want me to cover another category.  I have a couple of requests from readers.

This column will focus on the first request.  Adam requested that I cover OPS because he plays in a 6×6 league that includes this category.  Well Adam, here you go!

I will give you three players each for standard, moderate, and deep leagues. Standard league players will be available in 10-50 percent of leagues. Moderate league players will be available in 50-90 percent of leagues. The deep leagues will focus on players owned in ten percent of leagues or less.

Before we get to OPS, here are the previous categories in case you missed them: batting average, runs, home runs, RBI, stolen bases, wins, ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, and saves.

Cininnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (39) is greeted by pinch hitter Chris Heisey (28) after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports



Devin Mesoraco, Reds: Mesoraco still has a 1.072 OPS, and is available in 12 percent of ESPN leagues.  The .367 average and six home runs are nice too.  Nicer than what some of the 100 percent owned guys are doing.


Yan Gomes, Indians: Gomes’ OPS is .778, which is in the top 12 of catchers. That means that even in standard leagues he can help.  The fact that he is also eligible at 3B for the rest of the year could help with all of the injuries going on over there.


John Jaso, Athletics: We can hope that the back issues that sidelined him for the last few days are over because Jaso has a nice .834 OPS and is only owned in two percent of leagues.  He is still on the better side of the platoon with Derek Norris.  When he is in the lineup, he should be in yours as well.  All two percent of you that own him.

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