Outfield sleeper Ben Revere was hitting .251 with a mere ten steals at the end of May.Â June is not over yet but he has doubled that total and hiked his average up to .276. Â Also, proving there are no juggernauts this season, two first place clubs just changed closers.
Ben Revere:Â His twelve game hitting streak ended Sunday but is still batting a robust .342/.359/.382 in June.Â He has succeeded on over 80% of his steal attempts so he will continue to get the green light.Â Some growth in his 4.6% walk rate would be nice and he will not contribute many home runs or RBI.Â Add him to bolster AVG, R, and SB.
Drop for him:Â Melky Cabrera, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Starling Marte, B.J. Upton, Desmond Jennings
Joaquin Benoit:Â He has been Detroitâ€™s best reliever for quite a while but was just handed the closerâ€™s job this week.Â His HR/FB ratio surged in 2012, but has returned to career norms.Â His 2.01 ERA is somewhat fortunate but no indicator pegs his skills over 3.00.Â His workload will be watched and the Tigers figure to add a bullpen arm in the next month, possibly pushing him back down the ladder.
Drop for him:Â Rex Brothers, Jose Veras, Heath Bell
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Kenley Jansen, Jim Johnson, Ernesto Frieri
Brandon Moss:Â His OBP in June is a woeful .254, but he’s been aided by six home runs and is slugging .574.Â His batting average is down 60 points compared to 2012, which is mainly due to a 69 point BABIP correction to .290.Â He has a career .145 ISO against left-handed pitching and .213 when facing righties.Â Owners looking for power from Moss should avoid the southpaws.
Drop for him:Â Vernon Wells, Dayan Viciedo, Marlon Byrd
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Andre Ethier, Josh Willingham, Alfonso Soriano
Anthony Rendon:Â He moved up to second in the batting order on June 15 and scored five runs in the last nine games.Â A .403 BABIP is aiding his strong start, but if his 36.2% line drive rate is any indicator, he is not sneaking many bleeders through the defense.Â He is not showing much power or speed so far, but slugged .531 in the minors.Â He is a top ten middle infielder over the last two weeks.
Drop for him:Â Rickie Weeks, Martin Prado, Jurickson Profar
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Jed Lowrie, Omar Infante, Kelly Johnson
Andrew Bailey:Â He allowed eight runs in his last six games on his way to losing the closerâ€™s role.Â His ground ball rate is aÂ minusculeÂ 15.1% and the home runs are piling up.Â He is also walking over 4.0/9, a problem that bloated his ERA last year as well.Â He is an interesting sabrmetric case, as his indicators range from 3.18 to 5.90.Â Despite his confidence, do not plan on him earning saves again.
Drop him for:Â Koji Uehara, Francisco Rodriguez, Chris Perez
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Tom Wilhelmsen, Brandon League, Vinnie Pestano
Marcell Ozuna:Â He is hitting .230/.260/.324 in June with two walks against seventeen strikeouts.Â His BABIP is .371, but he still only has a 102 wRC+.Â The downside is Will Middlebrooks-low here.Â He is risky to keep on a mixed league roster, and team needs should determine how much slack to give him.Â His upside is also greater than most players at his ownership level.
Drop him for:Â Nate Schierholtz, Lorenzo Cain, Kelly Johnson
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Ichiro Suzuki, Jon Jay, Peter Bourjos
James Loney:Â No sophisticated fantasy player thought his hot start was real and a BABIP correction has wreaked havoc on his June batting line.Â Over the long haul he can hit for average but will not provide suitable power for a first baseman.Â Those who rode his streak can safely cash in their gains.
Drop him for:Â Nick Swisher, Mitch Moreland, Kendrys Morales
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Michael Young, Garrett Jones, Chris Johnson
Didi Gergorius:Â His slugging percentage by month has dropped like a rock:Â .778, .446, .294.Â He does not have a steal yet further limiting his fantasy appeal.Â A .338 BABIP feels high for a hitter with a 0.76 GB/FB and average at best speed.Â A 0.47 BB/K shows he is not overwhelmed, but that is not enough to start in a standard mixed league.
Drop him for:Â Josh Rutledge, Nick Franklin, Yunel Escobar
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Danny Espinosa, Brandon Crawford, Daniel Descalso
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