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August 8, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week 19

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


12-TEAM MIXED

Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros
There’s definitely some weirdness to Singleton’s numbers so far this season. The biggest, by far, is that he’s handling lefties extremely well, despite having that knock against him in the minor leagues. I mean, 59 plate appearances is nothing to draw vast conclusions from, but his .264/.322/.566 line against southpaws at least hints at an ability that many thought he’d struggle with. Recently, it hasn’t mattered who Singleton has faced, the power stroke has been out in full force. If the performance against left-handers is even slightly real, that will fill out Singleton’s fantasy value even more than we had initially thought—potentially raising his future batting average and power output (assuming full playing time). After all, Singleton is not going to keep producing like a below replacement-level infielder against right-handers (.589 OPS in 141 at bats). If you just lost Paul Goldschmidt in a shallow league and are looking to at least replace his power, Singleton has a chance to give you some similar output in that arena—albeit, at a price. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Pedro Alvarez with lesser eligibility

Kyle Gibson, RHP, Minnesota Twins
When you play with Gibson, you’re playing with fire, as there haven’t been many pitchers this year who has seen as little compression in his performance. The former first-rounder may have a very pedestrian looking 3.93 ERA, but he’s arrived there by taking the scenic route. Gibson has started 21 games this season, and he’s allowed one run or less in more than half of them (11). On the other side, he’s allowed five or more runs seven times—for those of you who don’t want to do the math, that leaves only three starts during which he’s allowed either two, three or four runs. There’s no point in trying to predict it either, as there’s no home/road or matchup theme to it. If you’re looking to catch some lightning in a bottle, Gibson could be a great play down the stretch in the hope that his good starts outkick his bad ones. The strikeouts won’t be wonderful (so he’s more attractive in leagues without inning/start caps), but he can carry a H2H team in a good week. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Ryan Vogelsong

DEEP MIXED

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