One of the best strikeout artists in baseball is available in many leagues.Â He flew under the radar for two months, a surprising feat considering he plays in Boston.Â Two athletic outfielders from the N.L. West are trending in opposite directions.
Felix Doubront:Â He is seventh in the league with a 9.53 K/9.Â His K/BB is 2.64.Â He has a 3.75 ERA and all the indicators save tERA measure him under 4.00.Â It has been almost a month (May 7) since he allowed more than two earned runs in a start.Â 2011 was very much a lost year for Doubront, but he is making up for it this season.
Drop for him:Â Tim Hudson, Bud Norris, Matt Moore
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, R.A. Dickey
Dexter Fowler:Â A recent tear has him pushing a .300 average and a .400 OBP.Â His skills have improved in multiple areas.Â His ISO dramatically jumped from .166 to .284, aided in no small part by a 25.8% HR/FB ratio.Â He has six steals without being caught.Â Heading into 2012 his success rate was only 65%.Â This could be a legitimate breakout in progress, but the power will fade.
Drop for him:Â Mitch Moreland, Alex Gordon, Alfonso Soriano
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Cameron Maybin, Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Rios
Carlos Quentin:Â He is off to a flying start with six extra base hits in his first five games.Â Using extremely small samples he is 2-7 with an RBI at home and 7-12 with three home runs and six RBI on the road.Â It stands to reason that as an extreme fly ball hitter he will struggle in spacious Petco Park.Â Think of him as exceeding in the opposite situations as Raul Ibanez does.
Drop for him:Â Bryan LaHair, Torii Hunter, Brennan Boesch
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Raul Ibanez, Lucas Duda, Michael Brantley
Jeff Francoeur:Â He has six multi-hit games in his last eleven and raised his average fifty points since April 29.Â The 22 steals he racked up in 2011 appears to be an anomaly, he is only 1-4 so far.Â His GB/FB rose from 1.10 to 1.43, so his home run pace is lagging as well.
Drop for him:Â Luke Scott, Allen Craig, Logan Morrison
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Michael Morse, Jason Kubel, Dayan Viciedo
Cameron Maybin:Â He missed four games last week with a wrist injury, and is batting only .223.Â Partially responsible is a career low .277 BABIP.Â His 0.54 BB/K is the best of his young career as well.Â He is still running, stealing fourteen bags against only two unsuccessful tries.Â The rest of his offensive game is primed to come around so buy low.
Drop him for:Â Desmond Jennings, Drew Stubbs, Jason Heyward
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Denard Span, Jordan Schafer, Coco Crisp
Dale Thayer:Â He has not recorded a save since May 19 and will not figure in many for some time as Huston Street is returning.Â Thayer was also rocked for seven runs over two appearances on May 26 and 30.Â Dropping him for a pitcher with a better chance for saves is justifiable but he has strong skills for a setup man.Â He owns a 2.65 xFIP and whopping 13.00 K/BB.
Drop him for:Â Tom Wilhelmsen, David Hernandez, Ryan Cook
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Jordan Walden, Brandon League, Javy Guerra
Brandon League:Â He was removed from closing duties and has been relegated to low leverage situations.Â His BB/9 soared from 1.47 to 4.50, he is not in the zone as much nor inducing swings.Â His GB/FB is decreasing too, 1.50 in 2012 against a 2.80 career average.
Drop him for:Â Sean Marshall, Sean Burnett, Pedro Strop
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Francisco Cordero, Rafael Dolis, Hector Santiago
Jake Westbrook:Â He overachieved in April with a 1.30 ERA and has regressed since then.Â His ground ball-heavy, pitch to contact approach leaves him vulnerable to swings of good and bad fortune.Â His xFIP splits for April and May were almost identical.Â He can be streamed but should not be carried in standard mixed leagues.
Drop him for:Â Erik Bedard, Drew Smyly, Homer Bailey
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Mike Minor, Daniel Bard, Gavin Floyd