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August 12, 2013 posted by Chuck Anderson

Added and Dropped: Upton Here

Added and Dropped:  Upton Here
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In some imaginary dictionary B.J. Upton’s picture is next to the “fantasy disappointment” entry.  His best moments came in the postseason after league championships were long decided.  He has yet to have a season where he contributes across the board as it seems he should.  He still has believers in the fantasy community as he is only 28.  A short hot streak is getting him snapped up off the waiver wire.

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B.J. Upton:  He is hitting .345/.375/.414 in the second half, though that only includes eight games as he spend some time on the DL.  His batted ball splits show more promise too, in the limited sample, but contact continues to be a problem. He strikes out in 32.6% of plate appearances and his swinging strike rate is sixth highest in the league.  He has tallied only ten steals so far and his Speed Score is 3.5 against a 6.0 career average.

Drop for him:  Daniel Nava, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Quentin

Don’t drop for him:  Michael Saunders, Nate Schierholtz, Josh Reddick

Stephen Drew:  He is batting .324/.420/.541 since the break and holds a twelve game hit streak.  He is fantasy’s #4 shortstop in the last month.  He is driving the ball well, posting a 26.9% line drive rate and a career high HR/FB ratio.  He is hitting under .200 against left-handed pitching so having a platoon option is ideal for daily team management.

Drop for him:  Marco Scutaro, Junior Lake, Andrelton Simmons

Don’t drop for him:  Erick Aybar, Nick Franklin, Starlin Castro

Danny Farquhar:  He earned saves in his last four appearances and is unscored upon in his last nine.  He owns a 4.82 ERA but a 1.87 FIP, 2.06 xFIP, and 4.00 K/BB.  He is among the top ten pitchers in swinging strike rate (30+ IP).  That is a legitimate closer’s skill set.

Drop for him:  Rafael Betancourt, Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Gregg

Don’t drop for him:  Jim Henderson, Steve Cishek, Greg Holland

Robbie Grossman:  He played 21 games in May, earning a 73 wRC+.  He hardly appeared in June or July but has a 146 wRC+ in August.  He shows a keen batter’s eye, swinging at less than 20% of pitches outside the zone.  His walk rate is over 11.0% at every professional level.  He has some speed and a little power.  Think of him as a poor man’s Brett Gardner.

Drop for him:  Gerardo Parra, David Murphy, Chris Carter

Don’t drop for him:  Will Venable, Christian Yelich, Josh Willingham

Travis Wood, SP, Chicago Cubs

Travis Wood, SP, Chicago Cubs

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Travis Wood:  He has a 6.52 ERA in two August starts and his FIP has steadily risen throughout the season.  His value still cruising on the back of a .244 BABIP against and a 6.1% HR/FB.  His strikeout rate is substandard and his tenuous ratios are the only stats helping fantasy teams.

Drop him for:  Ivan Nova, Brandon Beachy, Jose Quintana

Don’t drop him for:  Tommy Milone, Ryan Dempster, Jorge De La Rosa

Evan Gattis:  He has an equal number of starts and DNPs in August.  Atlanta is rolling and all the healthy starters are producing, making it difficult for Gattis to see regular playing time.  With a 120 WRC+ he is still a productive bat although his .308 OBP is less than ideal.  He is only useful in two catcher leagues if his lineup presence continues to be sporadic.

Drop him for:  Salvador Perez, Jason Castro, Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Don’t drop him for:  J.P. Arencibia, Chris Iannetta, Tyler Flowers

Todd Frazier:  He showed power in 2011 and 2012 but that has not carried over into this season.  His ISO dropped from over .200 to .149.  Part of his problem is a batted ball issue. His GB/FB was 0.74 last year, this year it is 1.19.  While his BB/K is improving without the pop in his bat he is not a fantasy asset.

Drop him for:  Jedd Gyorko, Juan Francisco, David Freese

Don’t drop him for:  Will Middlebrooks, Nolan Arenado, Alex Rodriguez

Jose Cisnero:  Many thought he was the leading candidate to inherit Jose Veras’ old job, but that possibility was officially nixed when he was optioned to the minors last Wednesday.  His 4.53 BB/9 was a major weakness.  If he throws fastballs 70% of the time his control needs to be far better.  Josh Fields is the current favorite for saves in Houston.

Drop him for:  Sergio Santos, David Aardsma, Wesley Wright

Don’t drop him for:  Drew Storen, Phil Coke, Mitchell Boggs

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