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June 12, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week 11

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.12-TEAM MIXED

Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers
When Odor got called up, it was supposed to be a four-to-six week replacement for Jurickson Profar, but not only is Profar not coming back any time soon, but Odor looks to be more major league ready than initially expected. After starting off a bit slow, Odor is hitting .381 with six extra-base hits and 12 RBI in his last 14 games (arbitrary endpoints alert). There may not be a ton of opportunity for Odor to move up in the lineup too much (he currently has been hitting ninth), so over the long run his counting stats may suffer, but there’s enough here to warrant being a middle infield option in shallower leagues based on batting average potential alone. Owners who just lost Neil Walker for a couple of weeks should be considering the 20-year-old. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Daniel Murphy lite

Charlie Morton, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
What if I told you that Morton was more valuable for fantasy this year than Lance Lynn, Yordano Ventura, Ervin Santana, and Yovani Gallardo—all despite only having three wins in his first 13 starts? Well, I’m telling you now. And to be fair, he is on a roll with the wins, picking up all three in his last four starts. April was nothing to write home about for the Salt-man, but since May started, he has a 2.37 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings. In fact, Morton is still fighting his fantasy reputation that he’s a low-strikeout option, but his 17.6 percent strikeout rate is pretty close to league-average for a starting pitcher. There’s no good reason he should only be owned in around 12 percent of Yahoo! leagues and seven percent of ESPN leagues. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Doug Fister

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