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July 25, 2013

Free Agent Watch

Week 17

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


12-Team Mixed

Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners

A common piece of fantasy advice is to take strong Septembers with a grain of salt; generally speaking, this is good advice. Once in a while, though, a strong September is a harbinger of a positive change, and this is what we’re seeing with Smoak. His improved patience has been noted by others, but Smoak is also having more success this year as a left-handed batter with pitches on the outside part of the plate and just outside the zone. The result isn’t a great player but a viable mixed-league option against right-handed pitchers. In OBP leagues in particular, Smoak is a must-own as long as he stays hot. —Mike Gianella

Comparable Player: James Loney, but trending in the other direction

Tommy Milone, SP, Oakland Athletics

Milone is one of those pitchers with a high ownership percentage about whom I scratch my head. He’s fine in AL-only and even in deeper mixed but in standard mixed his home-run tendencies make him a risky start. His home/road splits appear to be their usual favorable selves this year, but his 3.20 home ERA is undermined by a 4.86 FIP. His K/9 has dipped in the last two months, and Milone’s soft-tossing repertoire is fooling even fewer hitters than usual. He’s a tempting spot start due to his reputation at home, but recent trends point more to a wait-and-see approach, especially in shallow formats. —Mike Gianella

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