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August 8, 2013

Free Agent Watch

Week 19

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees
I couldn’t resist. In ESPN, A-Rod is only owned in 21.3 percent of all leagues. While there are certainly questions about how long A-Rod can play before the inevitable arbitration hearing takes place and the possible suspension goes down, A-Rod is a must start even in mixed formats. He has 20 HR potential at third base and if completely healthy could exceed that. Moral qualms are fine in real life, but in fantasy baseball you have to take the opportunities where they might come. —Mike Gianella

Comparable Player: Josh Donaldson

Scott Feldman, SP, Baltimore Orioles
At a glance, Feldman’s brief Baltimore tenure looks like proof that his move to the AL has eroded his fantasy value. However, Feldman’s FIP in Baltimore is nearly identical to his FIP in Chicago. He is what he always was: a back-end starter who is probably a decent enough match-up play in mixed leagues. He’s still getting hitters to pound the ball on the ground, so there should be better days ahead. Feldman most certainly isn’t a 5.00+ ERA pitcher. —Mike Gianella

Comparable Player: Andy Pettitte

Deep Mixed

Cody Ross, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Sometimes, just when you think you know a player, he goes ahead and changes things up on you. Ross was a known commodity coming into the season. He’s someone who was on the fringes of ownership in shallow mixed leagues, but should have been owned in just about every deeper mixed league in some capacity. The expectations of a .260 average and 20 homers were reasonable and could be written in pencil on your stat page. But instead, Ross has had a career low strikeout rate (14.8 percent) and a career low isolated power (.134) has owners puzzled and led to ownership levels below his standard. However, since the All-Star break, Ross is hitting .375 with three homers and 13 RBI in just 48 at-bats, while maintaining the low strikeout rate. There may still be a small window of opportunity here to get in before the price goes back to pre-season type values. —Bret Sayre

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