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May 21, 2014

Deep Impact

Week Seven

by Ben Carsley


Allow me to reintroduce this column: it’s about deep leagues.

Ronald Belisario, RP, White Sox
I’m not going to beat around the bush here—we’re only talking about Belisario and his league-leading #FACE because the White Sox bullpen is, to put it lightly, a flaming pile of poop. With Actual Real Life 2014 Closer Matt Lindstrom on the DL, it’s likely to fall to Belisario or Daniel Webb for saves among this ragtag group. Given Belisario’s veteran status, I like his odds of getting a shot first.

Will Belisario be very good in this role? Probably not. But Lindstrom himself isn’t very good, and Robin Ventura was apparently willing to live with his 3.32 ERA (4.71 FIP), 13.3 percent strikeout rate and 10.8 percent walk rate, so how much worse could Belisario really be? Don’t invest a ton in Belisario, but he’s the type of stupid, random middle reliever who could hold on to this job for two months and nab you 12 saves on the cheap.

Stephen Drew, SS, Red Sox
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Red Sox signed Stephen Drew yesterday. It’s either the best move ever or the worst move ever depending on who you ask, and there don’t seem to be many opinions in between. But regardless of how Red Sox Twitter may feel or how nervous they may be about hurting Xander Bogaerts’ feelings, Drew is an employed professional baseball player once again.

This is pretty much a godsend for players in deep leagues who need middle infield help. We all know Drew isn’t an elite option, but he’s better than most of what’s out there right now. Drew will score runs in Boston’s lineup, he’ll swipe the occasional base and he’ll challenge for double-digit home runs. Add in that Drew may enter a platoon situation in which he only faces right-handed pitchers, and you could get a good average out of him, too. He should be owned even in every 20-team league, and he’ll likely be playing in the majors within 10 days.

Andrew Heaney, SP, Marlins
Even casual fantasy owners hear about Archie Bradley, Noah Syndergaard, Taijuan Walker and Kevin Gausman all the time. I’m not trying to suggest Heaney is at their level, but he’s a uniquely anonymous prospect for a left-hander who’s really just one tier below the household names. That’s partially due to his status as Marlins property, but when you’re a pitcher, Miami truly isn’t such a bad place to be.

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