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August 29, 2013

Free Agent Watch

Week 22

by Mike Gianella and Craig Goldstein


12-TEAM MIXED

Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds
Cozart is a subpar offensive option in real life but a solid option in fantasy leagues. Among shortstops, he is ninth in HR, eighth in RBI, and fifth in runs. Dusty Baker finally gave up on the idea of batting Cozart and his lousy .276 on-base percentage second, so Cozart takes a bit of a hit, but if you’re not particularly concerned about batting average, Cozart is a better play down the stretch than a number of mixed-league shortstops/middle infielders currently on active rosters. —Mike Gianella

Comparable Player: A pauper’s J.J. Hardy

Joe Kelly, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Kelly is having a terrific run for the Cardinals, but is still a match-up play at best in mixed leagues. Since being inserted into the rotation on July 6, Kelly is 6-0 with a 2.24 ERA. However, there is no particular indicator over that time that speaks to the ability to sustain this success. As a starter, Kelly’s strikeout percentage is down, his BABIP is down, and his strand rate is extraordinarily high. Kelly should stick in the rotation, but I don’t like him as a mixed play going forward. —Mike Gianella

Comparable Player: Wily Peralta

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