Fantasy Baseball: Buy And Sell
In this debut edition of “Buy Or Sell”, I’ll take a look at a few position players and a few pitchers whose fantasy value is rising and falling.
Justin Smoak, 1B, Texas Rangers
Smoak was recently called up from Triple-A, and the disappointing Chris Davis has been demoted. Smoak was hitting .326 in the minors, and is a virtual must-add in AL-only leagues and someone to watch in mixed leagues. If you’re in a keeper league and he happens to be available, grab him now.
Ike Davis, 1B, New York Mets
The Mets called up Davis this week, and he got a hit in his first major league at-bat on Monday night. He may be in the big leagues to stay, as he could provide the Mets with the left-handed bat they lack. He’s another name to keep an eye on in deeper mixed leagues and a worthy addition in NL-only leagues.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Chicago Cubs
Byrd is hitting .311 with three home runs and 13 RBI so far this season. He has been getting moved around the Cubs’ batting order as manager Lou Piniella tries to find the right mix, but has been fairly productive wherever he is in the lineup. He is definitely worth considering in NL-only and deep mixed leagues if you need outfield help.
Jose Guillen, OF, Kansas City Royals
Guillen has six home runs and 13 RBI along with a .377 batting average so far this season. He is worth adding in all leagues while he is hot, but be aware of potential injury concerns and be prepared to sell high if he begins to slump.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, Boston Red Sox
Matsuzaka is close to returning to the Red Sox starting rotation, and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will move to the bullpen when he is ready. Before adding him keep an eye on the timetable for his return. He is worth adding and stashing right now in AL-only leagues if you have the roster space.
Chad Qualls, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Qualls has two blown saves and a 10.80 ERA so far this season, and is in real danger of losing his job as the Diamondbacks’ closer if he can’t turn things around soon. He is worth keeping in NL-only leagues, but is definitely droppable in all but the deepest mixed leagues right now.
Carlos Lee, OF, Houston Astros
Lee is hitting just .136 so far this season, with zero home runs and just one RBI. The absence of Lance Berkman up until recently has certainly hurt his production, but at his age (34 on June 20) a decline may be starting. There are certainly better options, even if only for the short-term, available on the waiver wire in many leagues.
Carlos Zambrano, SP, Chicago Cubs
Zambrano’s move to the bullpen takes away most if not all of his fantasy value. Serving as a setup man to closer Carlos Marmol provides little potential for saves unless Marmol struggles. If you own him and can find an owner in your league willing to speculate about a potential return to the starting rotation, you have to at least try to dangle him in a trade.
Edgar Renteria, SS, San Francisco Giants
Renteria started the season on fire (11-for-16), but is just 5-for-38 (.132) over his last nine games. He is still an option in NL-only leagues, but is droppable in mixed leagues if you can find a better option at shortstop.