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 time around we will do things a little differently. I will only do one position at a time, but I will give you advice on who to drop as well.
This piece will focus on the shortstops.
Chris Owings, Diamondbacks: Owings seems to have short all to himself now, and he has responded with a .353 average in June. He has six homers and six steals on the season, so he can help you out there as well. If you are in a league that counts doubles and triples as well, Owings is even more valuable there. 25 of his 64 hits this year have gone for extra bases.
Eugenio Suarez, Tigers: Detroit has finally found their short term solution as shortstop while Jose Iglesias is out for this season. Suarez is hitting .303 with three homers and six RBI since being called up on June 4th. Even if he is batting ninth in that loaded lineup, he will still have plenty of value the rest of the way.
Adeiny Hechavarria, Marlins: Hechevarria has a modest seven game hitting streak going, but he is hitting an impressive .500 in that span! He still does not have a homer and only has four steals, but if you need average help, he is your man!
Brandon Hicks, Giants: You can handle his sub-par average when he is hitting home runs. Well, he hasn’t hit a home run since May 23rd, and he is hitting just .140 in the month of June, dragging his season mark down to .172. There are many better options out there right now.
Stephen Drew, Red Sox: The .240 average is not bad, but he is not providing any counting stats either. That and I still have my doubts about whether he will continue to see enough at bats when Will Middlebrooks gets back. Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts deserve to be out there way more than Drew right now.
Ruben Tejada, Mets: For those of you looking for a bit of a power surge along with the speed, it was a fluke. Tejeda has four homers in 1,490 career at bats. And the speed? Well, he has more homers (2) than steals (1) this year. You can get more if you have to roll with a guy with a .221 batting average.
Come back tomorow for the third basemen!