April 23, 2014
Yes, you have a problem. And so do I.
Bobby Abreu, "OF," Mets
Though he's been out of the majors since 2012, it probably wouldn't surprise anyone if Abreu still proves to be a semi-competent presence at the plate. He did manage a .350 OBP when last we saw him, even if he was completely devoid of power. But Abreu truly does not belong in an outfield at this point, and his utter inability to defend, plus his modest offensive potential, should limit his playing time. Even in the deepest of leagues, I need to advocate passing on Abreu, despite how fun is resurgence is. He shouldn't get 100 PA this year, and if he does, the results might not be pretty anyway.
Tyler Lyons, SP, Cardinals
That being said, Lyons is likely to be somewhat serviceable in Kelly's absence, thanks in part to our lax requirements here, in part to Cardinals Voodoo Magic and in part due to his understated but effective skill set. Lyons doesn't strike many people out but he doesn't walk anyone either, and he'll obviously be playing in front of a great supporting cast. He's not a must-start by any stretch of the imagination, but if he finds himself in some semi-favorable matchups, I wouldn't have an issue rolling the dice with him and hoping for a cheap win. God, the deep league life is exciting.
Vidal Nuno, SP, Yankees
Adam Warren and David Phelps could get looks at some point, but it's Nuno who appears slated to start against the Angels on Saturday, in what would be Nova's usual slot. Described most often as a "crafty lefty"—aka, a lefty without great stuff—Nuno was effective nonetheless in his start against the Rays on Sunday, throwing five shutout innings with six strikeouts and two walks. The results won't be that good forever, of course, but if you need innings in a deeper league, Nuno has a shot of providing an ERA around 4.50 with decent win totals. Keep him in mind for favorable matchups.
Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros
Through 19 games and 77 at-bats, Singleton is hitting .325/.414/.735 with eight homers and six doubles, totaling 57 bases. The Astros are currently starting Jesus Guzman at first base on purpose, and have already dipped into the minor leagues once to call up George Springer—something you might have heard about once or twice on social media. That in and of itself isn't a guarantee that Singleton will see time soon, but it's looking like his ETA should be considered "early 2014," and I'd be surprised if he's still in Triple-A in a month. He'll have top-15 first baseman upside immediately upon his summation to the majors.
Deep League Streamer of the Week: Chris Young, Mariners
Twitter Question of the Week
I've received a whole bunch of Moustakas tweets lately, and in standard leagues, the answer here likely would've been "yes" back when this question was asked. That's because in leagues of a normal size, Moustakas would still be available on wavers once Kouzmanoff lost his everyday job to Beltre. This, of course, is because Moustakas has been pretty awful for the past season-plus.
In deep leagues, the answer is to hold on to Moustakas, no matter how frustrating he's been. Adrian Beltre should come off the DL at some point Friday or this weekend, and Kouzmanoff will either be back in the minors or become a bench piece. "Moose" has been unproductive to this point, but he at least figures to receive plate appearances moving forward. That's not something you'll get with Kouz, even if he's been much better to this point.
Player Namedrop of the Week: Adam Hyzdu