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 my standard league teams 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. Of course, no one knows your league better than you do. If you can pull of a trade to ditch one of the drop candidates, then by all means, do that instead!
Jayson Werth, Nationals: His overall numbers (12 homers, six steals) make him a fringe standard league player anyway. Add in the fact that he is hitting just .229 since July 29th and has not homered since the All Star break, and you have a guy just taking up space.
Evan Gattis, Braves: Owners love the catcher eligibility and the power potential, so why am I telling you to let him go? He is hitting just .229 with one homer and six RBI since he came back from the DL on July 20th. His average has dipped all the way to .205 in the month of August.
Alex Rios, Rangers: Rios is hitting just .125 in August, and has not homered since July 6th. More importantly, he has not stolen a base since July 12th. Oh, and he has just four RBI since the All Star break. That is the epitome of ‘dead weight’ in fantasy terms.
Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: His season numbers are very very good, sitting at .286 with 14 homers, 58 RBI, and 21 steals. A closer look reveals that most of his damage was done early on. He has only four home runs and 11 steals since June 1st, and has not hit a homer since July 9th. His .152 average in August further adds to the fact that he is not standard league material anymore.
Marcell Ozuna, Marlins: The 16 homers on the year are nice, but his last one was on July 27th. That, and he is hitting just .103 in August make it necessary to drop him as soon as possible.