Jun 22, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) walks back to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins win 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Is Joe Mauer really droppable in standard leagues?

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I realize that I have been focusing on deep leagues a lot lately, and kind of skipping over the standard leagues.  To be honest, I really only play in two standard leagues anymore, and that is because I have been in them for a decade.  I usually do deeper leagues.  Deeper leagues do take more work, and a quicker trigger finger, so I find myself focusing on them more.  Sometimes mine standard leagues suffer for it.  So since I am analyzing my standard team rosters, I figure it is a good time to do the add/drops for you standard league players out there.

I will go position by position and give you players that can help your cause, and those that aren’t pulling their weight.  All of the recommended adds are available in 30 percent or more of ESPN leagues.

Today we will cover the catchers!

The power is enticing, but he average hurts too much to keep carrying McCann. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Drop/Trade:

Brian McCann, Yankees: Yes, I am still an advocate of dropping McCann.  Not much has changed in the last two months.  My reasons are the same.  His average is now down to .236.  The 13 homers are nice, but are they worth it?  He is barely over the Mendoza line since the All Star break!  The guys I advocated dropping him for earlier in the season were Devin Mesoraco, Miguel Montero, and Yan Gomes.  You would be better off with any of those three, but now it’s too late on them.  You have to find someone else.

Joe Mauer, Twins: Yes, he is still on the DL, but could make a return as soon as this weekend.  So your time to make a decision is also approaching quickly.  Do you drop someone who is playing well to activate Mauer?  I wouldn’t.  It pains me to say this, but Mauer has little fantasy value right now.  He has two homers and three steals all season.  The .287 average is nice, but there are plenty of other catchers that hit for average and nothing else. 

Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks: He had a pretty bad July, hitting just .230 to bring his average down to .260.  His overall numbers are still good, so try and get something for him if you can.  He has not homered since June 28th, and has just one RBI since July 23rd.  You can do better.

Will Rosario’s hot hitting get his power stroke back? Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Replace with:

Jason Castro, Astros: We all know that Castro is better than his .230 average has shown.  He is finally starting to come around, hitting .283 with three homers and seven RBI in the last ten games.  He is worth adding to see if the hot streak continues.

Wilin Rosario, Rockies: If he ever regains his power stroke, he will be a top five catcher.  Rosario hit 21 homers last year, but has only nine this year.  He also hit .290 last year.  This year he is down to .256.  That said, he is on fire in August, but has only one extra base hit.  Still, he is worth picking up since the potential is there.

Wilson Ramos, Nationals: Another backstop that has lost his power stroke, Ramos has 16 homers last year, but has just four in 50 games this year.  So why am I suggesting picking him up?  He finally seems healthy, and still owns a .290 average.  He has better numbers than Mauer in half the games.  Just saying…..

Come back tomorrow for the first basemen!

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Tags: Brian McCann Jason Castro Joe Mauer Miguel Montero Wilin Rosario Wilson Ramos

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