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I never know what to expect from Jay Bruce on a weekly basis. He’s been killing me softly the past month (or really, season), but it always feels like he might turn things around instantly. Is there a term for when a fantasy baseball owner is afraid to bench a great player out of fear of retribution? Or is that simply good old fashioned passive-aggressiveness? I’m not sure if it’s better to have “streaky” players in a head-to-head league or not. Theoretically, they could kill your team in a given week, but they could also save it. Maybe it’s just about having a good balance. What are your thoughts on “streaky” players? Anyway, Bruce has been alright, but is fairly underwhelming in an OPS league, considering his likely price on draft day. I’m thinking about jumping off the ship next year and letting somebody else grab him, but then he would probably make me regret it. There he goes again with that passive-aggressive behavior! Here are some other players on my mind who may or may not stab you in the back:

Miguel Cabrera – As his owners know, he’s been out with a supposedly minor injury the past few days. I’m bringing him up because there is always the chance that studs who are on teams that are not in a close playoff race could get rested down the stretch, especially those with recent injury concerns. If you have the bench space, you should try to keep a backup ready if you could experience this situation.

Brandon Moss – Like a B-oss! After mentioning him several times this year, it makes me delighted that he’s owned in nearly every league. What does that say about me, fellow narcissist? Don’t answer that…

Bryce Harper – It’s been reported that he may need offseason surgery to remove a bursa sac. I just watched the movie Alien before I wrote this and I’m hoping that’s not what a bursa sac is. Harper’s quietly made significant improvements in his walk and strikeout rate this season, which could make him even more enticing, assuming a lack of injury and aliens.

Will Venable – I’m trying to figure out how to value this guy going forward. Your input is more than welcome.

Avisail Garcia – He’s very intriguing, isn’t he? I’m buying him for the rest of the year and may have to make him my lede soon…

Luke Scott – He’s back from the disabled list. You know what to do.

Yoenis Cespedes – I wouldn’t have guessed that he has 21 homers, unless you put a decimal point in there.

Jed Lowrie – His .291/.349/.438 line is fantastic considering his low price this season and that he’s a middle infielder. That’s all folks.

Tom Jacks is sporadically on Twitter @votetomjacks

  1. JoeG414 says:
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    Venable, Scott and Moss’s value will decrease if they played everyday; until they show something/ anything vs. leftys.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @JoeG414: Yeah, I agree, although I think Venable has been decent this year. The other two definitely need to be platooned, but have value if you can afford to.

  2. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Anthony Rizzo is captain of the Jay Bruce All-Stars

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop: Oh man, I agree. And that pains me to say as a Cubs fan. His SS teammate is in the same boat…

      • JoeBoo says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Please, for the sake of all that is good and decent, exorcise them both with fire

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @JoeBoo: Conjuring 2: Wrigley Field?

  3. Jay says:
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    Rollins has been a major disappointment to my SS position. Do you recommend me burning my last move of the year on Dozier, Simmons, BHamilton or Rutledge? I am currently in 3rd place securing a first round bye.

    Thanks and always love the articles.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Jay: Thanks Jay. You’re right about Rollins. I’d drop him for Dozier if I needed power or Hamilton for steals.

  4. Boy Wonder says:
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    I’ve got Yoenis Cespedes (who I’ve had to move in and out of my lineup all year because he’s been terrible) and Jed Lowrie (who for some reason was on waivers for a couple weeks up until yesterday when I picked him up). Lowrie replaced Brad Miller who was really solid actually.

    They’re not elite players, but for some reason the Oakland A’s in September are like Michael Jordan in the 4th quarter.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Boy Wonder: “They’re not elite players, but for some reason the Oakland A’s in September are like Michael Jordan in the 4th quarter.”

      That is the best thing I’ve heard all day! Thank you.

      • Boy Wonder says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Haha no prob. Thank you and everyone on this site for being awesome. You guys rock.

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @Boy Wonder: Thanks man, I mean, Boy Wonder!

  5. Quentin says:
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    Will Venable has interesting splits. His OPS against lefties this year (only 89 ABs though) is .822, higher than his OPS against righties this year, .817. Pretty darn equal. Both are improvements on his career OPS marks (.780 vs righties and .642 vs lefties).

    OPS is .890 at home and .744 away, with about 200 ABs each. Maybe he is comfortable at home… or fish tacos help him focus? That OPS in Petco is impressive… the OPS away is puzzling

    So, at 30 years old, and his .685 OPS as late as July 21, I can’t quite buy into a complete transformation into a .818 OPS guy. But I’d like to know how many Petco HRs this year would have been fly ball outs last year and vice versa (due to the fence move). I usually don’t pay attention to that jazz but it might be part of the answer here…?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Quentin: Good point about then fences and I agree that the splits are puzzling. At this point, I think he is a player who could be way under or overvalued next year. I don’t fully buy into him, but I don’t fully dismiss him either. Regardless, hopefully Petco moves in the fences one more time…

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