Fantasy Baseball: Buy And Sell
In the second edition of buy and sell, I’ll again take a look at some players whose fantasy value is on the rise, and also some whose fantasy value is declining.
Miguel Olivo, C, Colorado Rockies
With Chris Iannetta being sent sent down to Triple-A this week, Olivo now becomes the Rockies’ starting catcher. He is hitting .314 with five home runs and 13 RBI so far this season, and has nice power potential. More at-bats should help him be more valuable to fantasy owners, but do be aware of a potential batting average drop-off since he has not topped .260 for a full season since 2006.
Kelly Johnson, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Johnson was a popular potential sleeper heading into the season, and he has not disappointed to this point. He is hitting .320 with a National League-leading nine home runs along with 18 RBI this season. The home run total already tops the eight he had with Atlanta in 2009 and his season-high is 16, so he seems unlikely to maintain this power pace. But he has also homered in six of his last seven games, so he is going well at the plate right now. If he is available in your league, go get him now while you can.
Kevin Correia, SP, San Diego Padres
Correia is 4-1 this season with a 3.86 ERA along with a 26/10 K/BB walk ratio as well. He will benefit from a pitcher-friendly home park at PETCO Park, but has been fairly effective on the road so far this season. Don’t expect Cy Young-worthy numbers when the season’s over but Correia could be useful, particularly in NL-only leagues.
Ryan Theriot, SS, Chicago Cubs
Theriot is 21-for-43 (.488) during his current nine-game hitting streak, which has pushed his batting average to .340 for the season. He has been effective back in the leadoff spot for the Cubs, as he has stolen five bases and scored 15 runs this season. If you need help in the middle infield, Theriot could be a solid option no matter your league format.
Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox
Fantasy owners, and the baseball public, expected Peavy to experience a drop-off by moving to the American League for a full season in 2010. But I don’t think anyone expected a 7.85 ERA and a 22/20 K/BB ratio through five starts. He will hopefully get things figured out and if you own him you’re not dropping him, but he is worthy of a bench spot right now if you can do so. If you can trade him, I would at least consider doing it.
Jason Frasor, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Frasor has been removed as the Blue Jays’ closer in favor of Kevin Gregg, and has a 9.35 ERA in 10 appearances this season. He has been particularly ineffective since being replaced as closer, having allowed a run in three out of four appearances. It is possible he could see save opportunities again at some point, but for now Frasor is droppable in most league formats.
Chris Davis, 1B, Texas Rangers
Davis once again struggled to start the season (.188, 1 HR, 9 RBI) and was sent down to Triple-A in favor of top prospect Justin Smoak last week. He may be able to earn a call-up at some point later in the season, but Davis is not worth owning in any league format right now.
Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies
As previously mentioned, Iannetta has been sent down to Triple-A. He was hitting just .133 through 30 at-bats with the Rockies this season, so regular playing time in the minors may do him some good. Unless or until he earns a call back to the big leagues, keep him on your league’s waiver wire.
Rajai Davis, OF, Oakland A’s
Davis has nine stolen bases this season, but is hitting just .220 and has recently been dropped from the leadoff spot in the A’s lineup. For now, put him on your bench in case he starts hitting and moves back to the leadoff spot, where his fantasy potential would be maximized. If his struggles continue, then he is droppable.