September 9, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Added and Dropped: Falling on the Sword

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Delmon Young, OF, Detroit Tigers

Delmon Young was Baseball America’s darling more than once but has yet to become a standout pro.  Nonetheless every year fantasy players but into his potential, either at draft time of when he goes on a hot streak.  As Oakland and Baltimore continue their playoff pushes more owners are looking to pick up their key contributors.




Delmon Young:  His batting average is over .300 since August started and he has 20 RBI in the last 32 games.  He still features an extremely poor 3.5% walk rate and 58.8% swing rate.  A HR/FB increase allowed him to eclipse 2011’s home run total in the middle of last month.


Drop for him:  Matt Joyce, Mitch Moreland, Chris Young

Don’t drop for him:  David Murphy, Michael Brantley, Norichika Aoki


Mark Reynolds:  The good Mark Reynolds suddenly showed up as he cranked nine home runs since August 31.  He features a career best 0.48 BB/K and the recent power surge brought his HR/FB and ISO back near his career norms.  His 13.1% swinging strike rate is a significant improvement, prior to this year his best rate was 16.3%.


Drop for him:  Michael Young, Chris Davis, Brett Lawrie

Don’t drop for him:  Marco Scutaro, Alex Rodriguez, Pablo Sandoval


Zach Britton:  He did not get out of the fourth inning against the Yankees Sunday but went into the start with four consecutive QS with a 29/7 K/BB.  He adjusted some mechanics while in the minors and returned to Baltimore just in time to aid them in a tight division race.  His contact rate dropped from 83.4% to 75.6% indicating a clear improvement in skills.


Drop for him:  Mark Buehrle, Jeff Samardzija, Clay Buchholz

Don’t drop for him:  Derek Holland, Mike Minor, Mike Fiers


A.J. Griffin:  He came off the DL on September 1 and has gone 2-0 with 2R, 1 BB, and 12 K in 12.1 IP.  His BB/9 is under 2.00 through Double-A, Triple-A, and the majors this year.  His 84.8% strand rate is not sustainable, but use him if he has a good matchup.


Drop for him:  Justin Masterson, Jake Westbrook, Lance Lynn

Don’t drop for him:  Homer Bailey, Ross Detwiler, Bronson Arroyo



Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates



Neil Walker:  Out since August 26 with back trouble, there is still no timetable for his return to action.  If Pittsburgh was not chasing a playoff spot he would likely be shut down for the year.  With do much time off it is doubtful that he could return at peak form.


Drop him for:  Kelly Johnson, Ryan Roberts, Chris Nelson

Don’t drop him for:  Jemile Weeks, Ryan Raburn, Ruben Tejada


Todd Frazier:  Some thought he would be benched when Joey Votto returned but he started every game last week.  Scott Rolen is having back problems and Frazier is a superior option, he holds a 130 to 94 advantage in wRC+.  Until he sits for an extended stretch keep him on your roster.


Drop him for:  Pedro Alvarez, Brett Lawrie, Mark Reynolds

Don’t drop him for:  Mike Moustakas, Kevin Youkilis, Kyle Seager


Paul Maholm:  Many cut him loose after a 7 ER shellacking by Philadelphia but he rebounded by beating the Mets.  His 3.67 ERA is lower than any of the indicators, tERA is particularly pessimistic at 4.78.  He remains a perfectly serviceable deep league or streaming option.


Drop him for:  Jon Niese, Doug Fister, A.J. Burnett

Don’t drop him for:  Jason Vargas, Chris Capuano, Shaun Marcum


Drew Stubbs:  Benched three games before Sunday, he went 0-3 but stole his first base since August 15.  It is another disappointing year for him, his strikeout rate is still high and his power is down relative to his 2010 breakthrough.  He is hard to drop if steals are important, so team need truly dictates this decision more than anything else.


Drop him for:  Dexter Fowler, Jon Jay, Justin Ruggiano

Don’t drop him for:  Colby Rasmus, Carlos Lee, Cameron Maybin



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