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.
Alex Avila, Tigers: Yes, the batting average is terrible, but he does have two homers and three doubles in the last two weeks. He is hitting just .204 on the season, and every time Avila seems about to turn it around, he goes into another slump. He could be worth picking up if you need power. Just be wary of the average.
John Jaso, Athletics: Jaso has cooled off a bit lately, but his is still hitting .333 over the last fortnight with a gaudy .912 OPS. He has no speed and little power, but if you could use some help in the average department, he starts against every right handed pitcher.
Brayan Pena, Reds: Pena is riding a ten game hitting streak, running his season average up to .292 in the process. The Reds are using Pena almost exclusively at first base with Devin Mesoraco back and Joey Votto out, so he likely will only have value until Votto returns. But his .292 average, three homers, and two steals will help you out in deep leagues until then.