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July 10, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week 15

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

Dayan Viciedo, OF, Chicago White Sox
After a very strong start to the season, Viciedo has seen his ownership dwindle as the weather has warmed up. However, in July, the bat is starting to show some signs of life again as he's hit .321/.367/.679 with three homers and just two strikeouts in 30 plate appearances. He's already on pace to set a new career low in strikeout rate, and the increased contact makes the profile a little more attractive in mixed leagues. Hitters who can hit 20 homers and hit .250 are available in 12-team mixed leagues. The ones who can hit .270 are owned, and Viciedo may be trending in that direction. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: The good version of Will Middlebrooks

Ryan Vogelsong, RHP, San Francisco Giants
It seems like Vogelsong's fantasy viability in mixed leagues ebbs and flows in a more extreme manner than many other starters out there. After seeing his ERA sitting at 7.71 after four starts this season, the Pennsylvania native ripped off eight starts of a 2.05 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and nearly a strikeout per inning over 52 2/3 frames (along with a 4-1 record). Then three poor starts followed (7.31 ERA), but the tides have turned again. All of the back and forth has led Vogelsong to a very middle-of-the-road stat line (3.92 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 90 strikeouts in 103 1/3 innings), but with the best FIP of his career, he remains a strong bet to return value the rest of the season. And like a similarly under-owned and under-appreciated starting pitcher, Dillon Gee, Vogelsong is best deployed in San Francisco, as his ERA is nearly two runs higher on the road this season (and has skewed that way in each of his four seasons in San Francisco). —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Dillon Gee

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