Terra’s Take: 5 Players to Add/Drop for the Week of 7/14
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to get ready for the next fantasy baseball week. Whether it is needing to fill a hole left by an injury or a proven talent just isn’t what he used to be, there’s no shame in seeking help from the players who weren’t “good enough” to make it on someone else’s team. Here are the top five players you should pick up and ride while they’re hot.
– Arismendy Alcantara, 2B/SS ChC: The Cubs seventh ranked prospect and second ranked second base prospect in the majors has been producing well since getting the call. Even though he has only played for seven games, he has multi-hit games in four of them, with three steals and a homer. The Cubs are excited to have him in the majors, and he looks to get plenty of playing time. Alcantara is shortstop eligible in ESPN leagues and second base in Yahoo, but should be gaining eligibility in both shortly. Alcantara is currently owned in 31% of ESPN leagues and 15% of Yahoo.
– Kevin Kiermaier, OF TB: Kiermaier has been one of the few bright points of the Rays season, and is providing both average and power to a struggling lineup. The rookie wasn’t as highly ranked in Tampa’s farm system, but is proving his worth filling in for the injured Will Myers. Over the past 10 days, Kiermaier has gone 15 for his past 35 with five extra base hits. On the season, Kiermaier has a slash line of .313/.351/.571 in 50 games. Kiermaier currently owned in 25% of ESPN leagues and only 10% of Yahoo leagues.
– Connor Gillaspie, 3B ChW: Gillaspie has had a strong last ten days, in which he hit three home runs and has hit .400. On the season, Gillaspie is hitting .321 which is fifty points higher than his career average. He looks to be showing some of the talent that led him to be a first round draft pick a couple years ago. What is useful about Connor is that he is dual position eligible, able to play first and third base and could be useful as a backup. Gillaspie is currently owned in 17% of ESPN leagues and 16% in Yahoo leagues.
– Jacob deGrom, SP NYM:
The Mets actually have a decent rotation and deGrom has been a nice surprise. The rookie has allowed six runs in his past five starts and has struck out 35 batters in that span. The Mets have a knack for developing some good pitching talent and even though he doesn’t have as high a ceiling as Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler and deGrom looks to be a good middle of the rotation starter. DeGrom is currently owned in 31% of ESPN leagues and Yahoo leagues alike.
– Jake McGee, RP TB: McGee recently took over the closer role from struggling Grant Balfour. Since then, he’s struck out 10 in 4.2 innings and recorded five saves in his last seven games. This season, McGee has a WHIP of 0.87 and is striking out more than a batter an inning. People are always looking for more saves and McGee is pretty available. McGee is only owned in 63% of ESPN leagues and 45% in Yahoo leagues.
Sometimes, what is more important to a team isn’t picking up the right person so much as cutting the dead weight. Here are five guys whose outlooks are growing dimmer by the day and you should consider parting with.
Jean Segura, SS Mil: To say that Segura is having a rough year is a huge understatement. First, he gets hit in the head with a bat swung by his own teammate, and then the most unfortunate passing of his son. Before the death of his son though, Segura was having a very disappointing year compared to the breakout year he had last year. His AVG, OBP, SLG and SB are all considerably lower than last year. It’s hard to say if Segura’s heart is 100% in the game right now, and nobody can blame him. It’s hard to give up on someone who you are rooting for, but a good fantasy owner listens to their head over their heart. Ownership in both ESPN and Yahoo leagues have dropped to 80% which is surprising for someone ranked in the top 50 to begin the season.
Garrett Jones, OF Mia: Jones was thought to be a steal of a pickup for the Marlins this offseason. He hasn’t had some very good seasons in Pittsburgh, but that hasn’t translated to success in South Beach. Jones’ production has been down this year, his average isn’t quite what it’s been in past years and his power has dipped, despite having better protection than in previous years. He’s only hit .171 this month with an OBP of .216. As a result, Jones’ ownership in ESPN leagues is down to 23% and 17% in Yahoo.
Allen Craig, OF StL:
Craig is having a less than stellar year, and as a result he is facing a reduction in playing time. Craig is 5 for his last 35 and only one of those was an extra base hit. His AVG and his OBP this year is fifty points lower than his career and his power numbers have taken quite the dive. Craig is a versatile fielder, but he doesn’t have anywhere else that Mike Matheny could pencil him in. Craig can play first, second and the corner outfielder Matt Adams has first base locked down, Kolten Wong is doing a remarkable job at second base and second ranked prospect in the ML Oscar Taveras is getting the shot he deserves at right. Right now his ownership stands at 80% for both ESPN and Yahoo leagues, but half of his drops have come in the last seven days.
Alex Wood, SP Atl: Wood earned his spot back in the rotation after some solid work in the bullpen for the Braves. Since rejoining the rotation though, Wood hasn’t quite been what the Braves were hoping for. Wood started the year on a nice run as a starter, but was sent to the bullpen after losing four straight. Since returning to the rotation, Wood’s WHIP and ERA are at the highest it’s been all season. Wood’s ownership in ESPN leagues has dropped to 68% and 74% in Yahoo leagues.
Dan Haren, SP LAD: Even though Haren is the number five starter, he has more talent than what he has shown recently. Haren hasn’t gotten out of the fifth inning in three of his last five starts. He’s allowed 14 HR in his last 10 games, and his 4.30 ERA is half a run higher than his career marks. What is troubling about this is that Haren doesn’t pitcher in a tough division. He has a 9.64 ERA this month and only three quality starts in his last ten. Haren’s ownership has dropped to 83% in ESPN leagues and 66% in Yahoo leagues.