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Yep, you know me.  I only cover Mariners.  Though I’m not as much of a homer as JayWrong is with his San Diego Chargers, Padres, Zoos, Comic-Cons, and even Newscasters, I admittedly let my pieces of Pacific Northwest flair get the best of me last week, believing in Michael Morse.  What else should I be?  All apologies…I wanted to believe Morse was worth at least a HR or two but as of this Saturday morning typing, the lumbering oaf doesn’t even have a double and I’m guessing probably won’t do much the last two days.  Maybe I should’ve gone with Bogusevic…but rather than wallow in self-loathing and then project it onto the internet for everyone to see, I’m looking to move on.  I’m gonna suggest to you a guy who’s actually been hot over the last few weeks but hasn’t really caught on with the masses like I thought he would at this point given positional scarcity.  We’re here to talk about none other than the post-hype sleeper that is Dustin Ackley and why he’ll help you for week 23 of the 2013 Fantasy Baseball season…

First note, if you play in any leagues with me, don’t even bother looking.  I grabbed him last week.  Sorry snitches!  Trying to cheat off my writings and gain the upper-hand, using them against me.  You may think you’re clever but you ain’t as clever as me!  Ok, that was silly I know.  Nobody from my leagues reads what I put.  But nevertheless, I picked up Ackley last week to fill in for a struggling  2B/SS whoever – ‘Whoever’ is my pet name for my 2B/SS position because I don’t even know who’s in it half the time – and I gotta say I’ve been mighty pleased.  In 110 at-bats in the second half, Ackley is batting .364 with 2 HRs, 13 runs and 15 RBIs to go with 1 steal.  I know, I know, sounds boring but what are YOU rocking at MI these days?  Alcides Escobar?  He’s been trash and he’s not even serving you up steals.  Asdrubal Cabrera?  He’s been less enjoyable and more frustrating then auto-erotica phone sex.  Worried this is a fluky hot-streak?  Well, Ackley’s main problem when he started the year was for a lack of hitting the ball hard.  Ackley’s LD% in the month of August is a whopping 25.4% and those underlying initial ‘boring’ stats I talked about?  Minus the steals, you can prorate his numbers over 550 ABs and be closer to what many projected Ackley to be: a low to mid-teen power guy with a reasonable average.  He’s not outperforming his expectations.  He’s a good hitter who’s finally figured it out who’s on a really hot streak who should still have value even when he cools a bit.  In all truthiness, I’m not a huge fan of his schedule this week (@KC for 4 and back home against the Rays for the final 3) but with the way he’s swinging the bat, I think he’ll be able to play above it.  So go give yourself an Ack-attack as he’s only 9.4% owned in ESPN leagues as of Saturday morning.

12 Responses

  1. Professor X says:
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    I love Ackley’s resurgence, but Jed Lowrie recently hit the wire. Neil Walker is also available.

    Would you drop Brad Miller, Ryan Zimmerman, Darin Ruf, or Cespedes for Lowrie, Ackley, or Walker?

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Professor X: You can drop Miller for any one of those three. I’d choose Lowrie

  2. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    You speak too many truths.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @jaywrong: I cannot tell a lie. And of course, Morse is 2/4 with Baltimore today with nothing to show for it.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Sky: Well, better than 0-for-4. It’s something I guess.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @jaywrong: @jaywrong: thank you for the glass half full!

  3. Jeff P says:
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    In a keeper league, someone just dropped Starlin Castro. Would you drop Brad Miller for him? They would be roughly same keeper cost next year.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jeff P: yeah, he’s struggling but higher upside. Go for it

  4. Hard Dixon Cider says:
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    I feel that you were a week to early on Morse, he is my Creeper this week! Everyday DH for the Birds, me likes.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Hard Dixon Cider: He might be, they had him in LF tonight against an LHP. Might be a bit of a cluster at DH for the Orioles now, don’t know if I can see him getting more than 3-4 games a week. Worth a flier in deep leagues, though.

  5. Dave says:
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    Hey man, which 3 P do i sit this week in 5×5

    Frieri
    R Soriano
    Koji
    Romo
    Fister
    C Morton
    Cahill
    AJ Burnett
    Latos
    Cliff Lee
    Quintana
    Iwakuma

    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dave: Sorry, didn’t get to this one in time. Without matchups it’s hard to say. Would’ve said Fister/Cahill/Quintana but I’m swinging blind without more info

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