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August 21, 2014

Fantasy Freestyle

Week 21

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


12-TEAM MIXED

Norichika Aoki, OF, Kansas City Royals
The Royals have been on quite a tear in August, and having their leadoff hitter doing what he’s supposed to be doing has certainly helped them in this stretch. Aoki, who had been quite a fantasy disappointment over the first four months of the season, is doing the two things the Royals and fantasy owners want him to do recently: get on base and steal bases. Since August started, Aoki is hitting .295/.386/.410 with 14 runs scored and six steals in just 18 games. Compare that to the 40 runs scored and nine steals Aoki had over the first 82 games of the season, and you start to wonder what your team could have looked like if he had been doing this since the start of the year. And while it’s true that non-elite speed gets devalued a bit in shallower mixed leagues, Aoki’s strength in batting average (or OBP, depending on what you fancy) and runs helps make him a player who should be owned across the board right now in rotisserie leagues. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Denard Span

Sergio Romo, RHP, San Francisco Giants
In your league, one of two things happened. Either Romo was on a team that’s been relatively inactive since June and he’s unexpectedly tucked into a starting job somewhere, or he was on an active owner’s roster and they unceremoniously dumped him after Santiago Casilla appeared to be running away with the Giants’ closer job. Part of the dichotomy of ownership here is why Romo hasn’t qualitied for a spot on the Stash List—he’s owned in too many leagues for that. However, if you’re in one of the 50 percent or so of leagues where he remains unowned, now is probably a good time to remedy that—and it’s not only because he could still see saves in September. Since hitting an extreme rough patch in the middle of the season, Romo has been more or less the Romo you expected. On May 10th, he had an ERA of 1.65 and hadn’t blown a single save; however, from May 11th to June 28th (the day he finally lost his closing job), he had a cool 9.00 ERA in 16 appearances. July and August have been far kinder to the right-hander, as he’s put up a 2.35 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in just 15 1/3 innings. Even if he doesn’t get the job back, those are great stats out of a middle reliever, particularly if you are in innings/start limit leagues. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Sergio Romo

DEEP MIXED

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