A forgotten man most of the year, Brett Anderson returned to the Oakland rotation last week.Â Statheads remember their former darling and jumped right on his bandwagon.Â As the seasonâ€™s end draws near owners have less patience when a pitcher has a rough outing.Â Three of this weekâ€™s drops are starters.
Brett Anderson:Â He completed his Tommy John rehab and in two starts he has fourteen innings under his belt.Â They have been impressive, allowing one run while striking out eleven.Â He did everything well but was also facing Minnesota and Cleveland.Â It would be wise to just use him in advantageous matchups, but need could dictate giving him a permanent spot.
Drop for him:Â Gavin Floyd, Justin Masterson, Phil Hughes
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Ross Detwiler, Mike Minor, Mike Fiers
Coco Crisp:Â He is rebounding after a dismal first half, hitting.291 with twelve steals in the second.Â Oaklandâ€™s offense is improving and he scored seventeen runs in August.Â He is a good pickup to improve in steals and when hitting well he has few offensive holes.
Drop for him:Â Ichiro, Drew Stubbs, Colby Rasmus
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Ben Revere, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gomez
Jaime Garcia:Â In two starts since he was activated he blanked the Pirates and was knocked around by the Reds.Â He has a 4.15 ERA but his ground ball rate is still high, he has the best K/BB of his career, and a 2.73 FIP.Â The metrics indicate he could make a strong stretch run.
Drop for him:Â Anibal Sanchez, Wandy Rodriguez, Ian Kennedy
Donâ€™t drop for him: Â Shaun Marcum, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey
Erick Aybar:Â He is lighting it up in August, hitting .360/.385/.547.Â He is the #7 shortstop over the last 30 days.Â The hot streak brings his overall numbers in line with last yearâ€™s.Â Eleven steals is a disappointment after reaching 30 in 2011.Â His success rate has only dropped from 83% to 79%.
Drop for him:Â Mike Aviles, Marco Scutaro, Rafael Furcal
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Danny Espinosa, Alcides Escobar, Ian Desmond
Mike Fiers:Â He allowed fifteen runs in his last 13.2 IP (three starts), but had a 10/2 K/BB his last time out.Â His success is unexpected, but he displays strong skills such as a 4.36 K/BB and 2.65 FIP.Â His low 5.8% HR/FB along with a 0.80 GB/FB is a minor red flag.
Drop him for:Â Brandon Morrow, A.J. Burnett, Matt Moore
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Jason Vargas, Clay Buchholz, Brandon McCarthy
Doug Fister:Â He was blasted by the Orioles on August 19 and came out with a groin strain.Â He had not allowed more than three runs in a start since July 7. Â He is on track to pitch August 31.Â His FIP, xFIP, and SIERA are under 3.50.
Drop him for:Â Ryan Dempster, Ryan Vogelsong, Kris Medlen
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Dan Haren, Lance Lynn, Yu Darvish
Scott Diamond:Â A one start suspension is pending but until the appeal is heard he is active.Â He will face Minnesota on Tuesday.Â He has the best BB/9 of any pitcher not suspended for a PED violation but a 4.90 K/9 is hard to live with in fantasy.Â Stream if you must, but do not own him steadily.
Drop him for:Â Wei-Yin Chen, Derek Holland, Brett Anderson
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Ricky Romero, Ben Sheets, Josh Beckett
Trevor Plouffe:Â Hitting .143/.189/.143 in August he does not have an extra base hit in 53 PA.Â His strikeout rate is under 20%, if his .247 BABIP moves up he will be a factor again.Â Bench him if you can, one more hot run is very possible.
Drop him for:Â Zack Cozart, Erick Aybar, Alexei Ramirez
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Josh Rutledge, Manny Machado, Jhonny Peralta