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April 16, 2014

Deep Impact

Week Two

by Ben Carsley


Injuries suck, and baseball has been an especially cruel mistress this season, depriving us of many of the game’s most exciting pitchers and some dynamic hitters, too. There’s been some bad news for just about every deep league owner this season —trust me, I own Mat Latos in two of them—but out of these injuries come opportunities for savvy owners to make some important waiver-wire pickups and trades.

Plus, as much as Jon Stewart feeds off of Fox News, this column needs injuries to remain fresh and topical, so I shall stop biting the hand that feeds.

Unless Taijuan Walker’s injury is serious. In that case, next week’s column might just be a collection of crying GIFs.

Roenis Elias, SP, Mariners
Thanks to injuries to Taijuan Walker, Hisashi Iwakuma, and James Paxton, Elias finds himself with some job security in the back of the Mariners rotation. He’s performed pretty well to this point, posting a 2.16 ERA and grabbing a one in three starts. He’s not striking anyone out, but his walk rate is a respectable, if not good 9.5% percent, and he’s inducing ground balls at a good clip. Is the sub-2.50 ERA sustainable? No. But there’s enough to work with here to consider using Elias in certain scenarios moving forward.

At the bottom of this column every week, I include a random player namedrop based on two criteria: I aim for an aesthetically pleasing name, or a name I’m pretty sure 90 percent of fantasy owners will have forgotten. Odds are, Elias will check off both of these boxes if I’m still writing in two seasons. But for now, there’s enough here to stream him at home against poor offenses, and, really, that’s what deep leagues are all about.

Craig Gentry, OF, Athletics
Gentry missed all of spring training and the start of the season due to back problems after being acquired in the Michael Choice trade this offseason, but he was activated from the DL on Saturday and will now function as the Athletics’ fourth outfielder. A plus-plus runner with decent contact skills and no power, Gentry’s defensive ability, prowess on the basepaths and lack of a dramatic platoon split mean he should see more playing time than a standard “backup” player.

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