May 25, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher (33) bats in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Indians 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

It's time to drop Nick Swisher and Carlos Quentin

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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.

Here are the previous installments: The catchers are here. The first basemen are here. The second basemen are here. The shortstops are here. The third basemen are here.  The first outfield piece is here.

This piece will focus on the outfielders that can be dropped in deep leagues.

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra (8) throws his helmet after being called out at second base. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports


Nick Swisher, Indians:  Swish is cold as Antarctica right now.  He is just four for his last 37 at bats.  The good news is that two of those hits were home runs, but can you stomach the batting average?

Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks: Parra is hitting just .155 over the last two weeks with one lone RBI as his only counting stat.  With David Peralta playing well, he could start losing some at bats if he can’t produce at the plate.

David Murphy, Indians:  Murphy started the season well, but the stat adjustment in underway.  He is hitting only .192 over the last two weeks, and hasn’t homered since May 21st.  You can do better.

Oswaldo Arcia, Twins:  There is still upside here if you have the luxury of bench slots, but at this point of the season, most of us don’t.  And if you don’t, there is no reason to hang on to a guy that is just two for his last 42 with no counting stats.  If Swisher is Antarctica, Arcia is as cold as Neptune.

Nate Schierholtz, Cubs: It was fun while it lasted, but you can let Schierholtz go now.  His .146 average over the last two weeks said it was okay….

Carlos Quentin, Padres: Minor ailments keep him off the field a couple of times a week at least, and he isn’t even hitting when he is on the field anymore.  He is just 5-32 with a homer over the last fortnight.

Come back tomorrow when we will cover the pitchers!


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