Some true sleepers emerged in August as the four most added players went undrafted in all but outrageously deep leagues (seriously, if you drafted any of these guys tell me why in the comments).Â Two scuffling pitchers from the Big Apple are among the most dropped.
Eric Young Jr.:Â He started fourteen of the last fifteen games at various outfield spots filling in for the injured Michael Cuddyer andÂ Tyler Colvin.Â He is hitting .406/.449/.609 in August with thirteen runs scored and three steals.Â He also left Sundayâ€™s game with an intercostal muscle strain which may shelve him.
Drop for him (if healthy):Â Chris Young, Cameron Maybin, Justin Ruggiano
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Coco Crisp, John Jay, Dexter Fowler
Todd Frazier:Â He started raking in the high minors in 2009 but was finally pressed into service for the Reds when Joey Votto was disabled and Scott Rolen continued his Chipper Jones impersonation (the day-to-day injuries, not the offense).Â His .259 ISO sits just above the levels of Mark Trumbo and Curtis Granderson.Â He is a big reason why Cincinnati has a hammerlock on the NL Central.Â His minor league OBP was .353 and his demonstrated major league power projects to 25 HR if not more.Â This is no flash in the pan.
Drop for him:Â Kyle Seager, Chris Johnson, Daniel Murphy
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â David Freese, Pablo Sandoval, Chase Headley
Kris Medlen:Â He is 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA and 5.50 K/BB since joining the Atlanta rotation.Â His 3.2% HR/FB will rise but the ERA indicators still like his skill set.Â He has not altered his pitch selection but his GB/FB has increased from 1.15 and 1.22 in 2009 and 2010 to 1.94 this year.
Drop for him:Â Anibal Sanchez, Dan Haren, Ben Sheets
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Chad Billingsley, Lance Lynn, Chris Capuano
Dale Thayer:Â He is getting another run as San Diegoâ€™s closer with Huston Street hurt.Â He has a 1.65 ERA in the second half but his K/9 has dropped from 7.7 to 5.0.Â The Closer Identification Algorithm likes Luke Gregerson better but Thayer owns the job for now.
Drop for him:Â Frank Francisco, Drew Storen, John Axford
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Carlos Marmol, Gerg Holland, Casey Janssen
Johan Santana:Â His second half ERA is 16.33 and his K/BB has slipped from 3.00 to 2.00.Â His strikeout rate is sliding with each passing month, although a .455 BABIP against is accentuating his struggles over the last four games.Â When skills drop off as some misfortune happens the results can be extremely ugly.Â The Mets may shut him down soon.
Drop him for:Â Wei-Yin Chen, Jaime Garcia, Matt Harvey
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Ubaldo Jimenez, Gavin Floyd, Vance Worley
Phil Hughes:Â Being an extreme fly ball pitcher in New Yankee Stadium is tough work and Hughes leads the league with a 47.9% fly ball rate.Â His 1.77 HR/9 is the second highest; it is 1.98 at home and 1.48 away.Â His 7.57 K/9 is not high enough to limit the damage and he seems destined for a mid-4.00 ERA.
Drop him for:Â Ivan Nova, Jon Niese, Jeff Samardzija
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Justin Masterson, Josh Beckett, Ricky Romero
Chris Davis:Â He began the year with an improved strikeout rate but has whiffed well over 30% of the time since July began.Â His ISO is .102 in August, he has two extra base hits all month.Â Still, his playing time is not in danger as long as Jim Thome is sidelined.
Drop him for:Â Pedro Alvarez, Ryan Roberts, Todd Frazier
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Michael Young, Eric Chavez, Mike Aviles
Ryan Cook:Â Regression hit just as he took hold of the closerâ€™s job.Â He logged six saves against four blown saves since July.Â He allowed home runs in three of the four blown opportunities, his BABIP against is still a lowly .211.Â The Closer Identification AlgorithmÂ does not fully endorseÂ Grant Balfour, so Cook should remain on the radar.
Drop him for:Â Dale Thayer, Andrew Bailey, Glen Perkins
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Brandon League, Jordan Walden, Johnny Venters
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