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Sunday, 05 July 2015 23:58

Fantasy Baseball Gurus: Add/Drop Advice - July 5, 2015

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The Fantasy Baseball Gurus of the CLNS Radio Red Sox Beat Team have you covered with add/drop advice for this week of July 5, 2015. Our panel consists of Red Sox beat writers Jess Thomas, Adam Belue, Lauren Campbell, and Lars Gjesteby. Based on recent performances and season-long trends, each columnist has chosen one player to add to give your team a boost, as well as one player who is performing poorly and ought to be dropped. 

Please note all analysis was done prior to games on Sunday July 5, 2015.

Adds:

1. Quintana started the year on a rough stretch, but has been slowly working his way back to relevancy and could definitely help your team. Don't be deceived by his 4-7 record because he is 2-1 in his last 6 starts and has not given up more than 3 earned runs in any of those 6 starts. If you want a darkhorse, get Quintana, as he is only owned in 44% of ESPN leagues.

2. Hernandez was owned in just 3.4% of ESPN leagues last week, but that number has risen to almost 50% in just a week of torrid play. Hernandez is currently the everyday second baseman for the Phillies while Chase Utley is on the disabled list, and his recent performance at the plate indicates that he will be staying in the lineup when Utley comes back in late July or early August. In his last 14 games, Hernandez is hitting .441 with nine RBIs and eight stolen bases. He doesn't have much power, but he has the speed to provide a ton of stolen bases and his .385 on-base percentage provides him a lot of opportunities for a steal that could sway a matchup in your favor.

3. Anderson picked up his third-straight victory on Wednesday, going seven innings, giving up one run and striking out seven. His last four starts have been dominant for a combined five runs in 28 innings and finally looks to be able to pitch later into games.

4. Blanco is hitting .409 (18-for-44) over the last two weeks with 9 RBI and one homer. His OPS is also a stellar .983 in that stretch. He has seen regular playing time recently with both Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki on the DL for the Giants. Even with Pence’s return imminent, he should still get consistent at-bats with the numbers he’s been putting up, and with Aoki remaining out for the foreseeable future.

Drops:

1. Ozuna hasn't been getting the job done recently, as he is currently 0-for-his-last-17 and to even further, he is 1-for-his-last-36. Safe to say, his average is plummeting, so if you are still hanging on to him as over half of ESPN is, make sure you put him on the waiver wire ASAP.

2. Trust me on this one, Duda is one of the most frustrating players this season in fantasy games. He had a tremendous breakout season last year, hitting 30 homers with 27 doubles and 92 runs batted in. He had a strong start to this season, hitting .325 in April and slugging seven homers in May. He is currently in a terrible slump, with his overall average dropping 50 points since the end of May, from .298 to .248. During that period, he is just 19-for-113 (.168) with one homer, nine RBIs, and 38 strikeouts. His career numbers going into last season were not stellar, so that offensive outburst in 2014 could be a one-time surge and not the norm. Three-quarters of the fantasy leagues in ESPN still have faith in him (including my two teams!), but now might be the time to start looking elsewhere for production in your lineup.

3. Despite a 6-2 record, Morton's ERA is above four and was absolutely clobbered in his second-to-last outing where he gave up nine runs in 2/3 innings. He struggled again in his last outing, giving up three runs on four hits in the teams' 5-2 loss to Cleveland. Recently, Morton has struggled with his command-he had 104 pitches in just six innings during his last outing.

4. Owning Norris comes with its pros and cons. He is an everyday player that can produce runs in bunches, with 45 RBI on the year, but his hitting is a bit of a drag. For the season he is hitting .241, and over the last two weeks has gone just 8-for-48 (.167) with 5 RBI. Norris has hit 3 long balls over that span though, with 11 on the year, but the power is not quite enough to make up for the horrid stretch in terms of average. Catchers may be hard to come by in your league, but if you can get by without him, Norris should be dropped in favor of a more consistent source of hitting and power.

 

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Lars Gjesteby

Lars Gjesteby is a writer/reporter for the Boston Red Sox Beat Team of CLNS Radio.

He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering and is currently pursuing a PhD. Lars works to improve hardware and software for medical imaging systems, including x-ray CT and MRI. 

You can follow him on Twitter @LahzG

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