May 1, 2017
The Buyer's Guide
Talking yourself into Kevin Pillar
Depending on the size of your league, it can be difficult to find productive players to fill each outfield spot. Often, there are one or two spots where you’re left playing someone who’s going to get regular playing time, but ultimately could be a drain in several categories. Owners are always on the lookout for quality outfield options.
This is especially the case if you roster an outfielder who has suffered an injury or has been suspended. Adam Eaton and Starling Marte were starting outfielders who are missing a significant portion of the season (all of it, in Eaton’s case). Beyond that, there are several players currently suffering from injuries who find themselves out of action. This list includes players such as Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson, Denard Span, Mitch Haniger, Yoenis Cespedes, David Dahl and J.D. Martinez.
All of this is to say: Every owner probably could use another productive outfielder.
In their search, several owners have looked at Kevin Pillar as one such option. Pillar was the 14th-most added player in ESPN leagues this week, and his ownership rate jumped from 20.1 percent to 39.2 percent. In CBS leagues, the interest wasn’t quite as high, but he did see a bump from 20 to 30 percent. In Yahoo’s latest “Transaction Trends,” Pillar was the third-most added outfielder, and his ownership rate currently sits at 33 percent.
Unless you play in a very deep league, there’s a good chance Pillar is available. Is he worth plugging into your lineup in the short-term, or even as a long-term option? His recent production has garnered attention from some owners. Should you jump on the bandwagon and invest in Pillar as well?
We’ll try and answer that question in this week’s “Buyer’s Guide."