August 3, 2012
Outfielders for 8/3/12
It’s been an interesting debut week for Starling Marte (Yahoo! 21%, ESPN 31%, CBS 39%), who came through on the fantasy side of things (two homers, two steals) but not so much for the Pirates. His ownership rates are pretty high, so he graduates from this column.
Alexi Amarista (Yahoo! 15%, ESPN 10%, CBS 20%) had another quiet week, and considering he’s not even an outfielder, he’s getting booted from the VP ranks. What he is, though, is the Padres’ new everyday shortstop and leadoff man, so he should stay valuable in NL-only and 14-plus team mixed leagues.
Even with the recent trades that have cleared up the Blue Jays’ outfield, Anthony Gose (Yahoo! 1%, ESPN 0%, CBS 10%) shouldn’t be on anyone’s fantasy team. The young outfielder is simply overmatched, striking out in nearly 40 percent of his plate appearances. Time to cut your losses and move on.
Jordany Valdespin (Yahoo! 5%, ESPN 6%, CBS 6%) had a forgettable week, and the Mets are facing a couple of lefties this coming week with an off day, meaning there won’t be many at-bats for him. I still think Valdespin is an intriguing middle infielder long-term, and he was robbed by Gregor Blanco on this spectacular catch, but for now you’ll have to get your Valdespin updates elsewhere.