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Saturday, 22 August 2015 18:49

Fantasy Baseball Gurus: Late Season Add/Drop Advice - August 23, 2015

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The Fantasy Baseball Gurus of the CLNS Radio Red Sox Beat Team have you covered with late season add/drop advice for this week of August 23, 2015 to continue your push for the playoffs. 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 a player to add to give your team a boost, as well as a player who is performing poorly and ought to be dropped. 

Please note that all analysis was done prior to games on Sunday August 23, 2015.

 

 

Adds:

1. Fiers threw a no hitter on Friday but that isn't the only reason you should add him. He is only owned in 43% of ESPN leagues and that is most likely because of his 6-9 record. But he was traded to a good Houston team and his ERA is a solid 3.43. Pick him up while he is pitching well, as he has not given up a run in either of his last two starts.

2. Two weeks ago we were trying to figure out how JBJ went from a top prospect to a guy who can't hit Major League pitching. Now we are trying to figure out if we are finally seeing the real Bradley Jr., and why he's not playing every day in the Red Sox lineup. On August 8th, he was batting .121 for the season with five hits in 58 at-bats in limited action. On August 21st he's hitting .247 with 16 hits in 35 at-bats over his last nine games. He had five extra-base hits (three doubles and two home runs with seven RBIs) against Seattle last Saturday, jumping his batting average almost 50 points in one day. He is one of the hottest hitters in the majors right now, and has gone from being owned in around 4% of leagues to almost 43% in two weeks. JBJ is a great option for an extra outfielder for the stretch run (or if you really want to play spoiler grab him before the teams in contention read this!).

3. Hellickson ended the month of July with a 1.88 ERA and saw his ownership numbers rise to double digits. He had two bad outings, but if you were a smart owner you kept him. If you're in a league where he's still available and was dropped because of those two bad outings, pick him up now. Hell boy is very good at home, and hasn't had a bad start at home since May 13. He's currently 9-8 with a 4.60 ERA and has two starts ahead of him this week.

4. Beltran has nearly doubled his home run total over the past 30 days, hitting 6 of them to bring his aggregate to 13 on the year. He’s also driven in 12 runs in that span and owns a .971 OPS. He has 16 hits in his last 46 at-bats for a .348 average, and is getting consistent starts in a high-production Yankees lineup. Beltran can give your team a boost in many offensive categories down the stretch and is available in about half of ESPN leagues.

Drops:

1. Lucroy was hurt for a large chunk of the year after playing horribly for the first few weeks of the season with a struggling Brewers squad. He hasn't improved a whole lot since returning and he is only hitting .241 for the season. He cannot be relied on for long balls and his RBI are scarce. Get rid of him, there are better options out there.

2. Rendon has been hurt for the majority of the season, and when he has been healthy enough to play for an extended period of time, he has been downright awful. If you have DL spots in your fantasy league, or just a really deep bench, you probably held onto Rendon during his two long stints on the disabled list. He played for almost a month in June and batted .290 with no power, then ended up on the DL for another month before coming off on July 25th. Since then he's batted a paltry .210 with one solo home run, three doubles, two RBIs, and 15 strikeouts. And now he has been benched in three of the last four games, as Danny Espinosa has become a more productive solution at second base on a team struggling to stay in playoff contention. No matter how high you drafted him to start the season, it's now time to cut bait on your own playoff team as well.

3. Despite a 3.38 ERA, Ray has a 3-9 record, which means he is not very good at getting wins. In his last four starts, Ray has only gone at most six innings, and lost all four of those games. In those four starts, his game-high strikeouts were eight. His record isn't pretty and isn't worth keeping on your bench if he cannot gather up wins.

4. The move to Houston has not worked out well so far for Gomez. His average is .188 over the past 30 days, and he only has one homer in that span. He’s also only driven in four runs since coming to the Astros, and none since August 4th. His numbers over the last 15 days are even worse, with just 5 hits in 42 at-bats (.119 average). Your team can’t afford to carry that dismal performance while playoff spots are on the line. Seek alternative options at outfield until Gomez figures it out.

 

 

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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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