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.
Josh Collmenter, Diamondbacks: Collementer tossed a gem in his last outing, pitching a three hit shutout against the Reds. He seems to be finding his groove after an up-and-down few weeks. That said, I would still bench him, even in deep leagues, against the Rockies tomorrow.
Roenis Elias, Mariners: How did Elias respond to his worst start of the year agianst the Angels last Tuesday? He shut out the mighty Tigers on just three hits on Sunday. While occasional meltdowns can be expected, Elias has always been consistent with the strikeouts. He has struck out five or more in all but one start this season. He is definitely worth starting Saturday at Tampa.
Matt Shoemaker, Angels: Yes, the Angels are skipping his next start. That does not mean that Shoemaker has been ineffective. He has allowed eight runs over 21.1. innings in his four starts. He might be worth a flier for those of you in deep leagues when he draws the White Sox on Saturday.
Miguel Gonzalez, Orioles: Gonzalez continued his strong May by turning in his third straight quality start against Houston on Friday. His start at Texas on Thursday seems a bit ominous, but Gonzalez has yet to give up more than three runs in any start this year. It’s hard to argue with results.
Tommy Milone, Athletics: Milone has been outstanding since being blasted by the Red Sox on May 3rd. He has given up just six runs in 32.1 innings since then. He should be safe to roll with against Baltimore on Friday.