If you came here for NFL Draft coverage, you’re in the wrong place. However, I do enjoy the adjectives given to the young “glass eaters” of the gridiron. If your team drafted a guy with “oily hips” or “elite wiggle” you’re winning. If anything can tie into oddly descriptive words for twenty year old men, it’s OPS! Two weeks ago in this space, we recommended adding Christian White Walker, Trey Mancini, and Maikel Franco. The latter has come back down to earth since his hot start, but Walker and Mancini are still raking. Along with most of the top SP getting rocked this year, the 1B position has been chaos as well. Walker, Mancini, Pete Alonso, and Daniel Vogelbach are all in the top 10 at the position. Hunter Dozier is eleventh. If you drafted Edwin Encarnacion, Max Muncy, or Jesus Aguilar hopefully you stashed one of these other “plug and play guys” until they figure things out.

We’re a month into the season, most teams have played around 25 games. It’s important to keep in perspective when evaluating your team and what players to drop or hold. Hand up, I regretfully dropped Jose Martinez in one league where I was desperate for a 1B after losing Matt Olson to injury. He started slow and was losing playing time unjustly to Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill. They’re both injured and Martinez is taking advantage, he’s 11 for his last 23 and his OPS has climbed to .802. He only has 1 HR on the season but the power is coming. Luke Voit is another hitter who readers were asking if he should be dropped. He looks like Brock Lesnar in a uniform and is currently riding a 12 game hitting streak to go along with 7 HR on the year. He’s leading this yoked Yankees team that has fifteen guys that could be described as “a rolling ball of butcher knives.”

Adds:

Raimel Tapia, OF, Rockies – He has a .924 OPS on the season with 3HR in his last 4 games. Ian Desmond is washed and Tapia is poised for a break out. He’s 25 years old, he hit .302 with 11 HR and 21 SB in AAA last season.

Michael Chavis, 3B, Red Sox – Chavis could pick up 2B eligibility soon along with his natural 3B position, he has a 1.002 OPS in 18 AB along with 2 HR in his last three games. He’s provided a much needed spark in the Red Sox lineup.

Josh Reddick, OF, Astros – Similar to the aforementioned Trey Mancini, everyone has owned Reddick on a hot streak and dropped him two weeks later. It’s that time of the season to add him, he has multiple hits in 4 of his last 6 games. He has a .951 OPS and hits in a fantastic Astros lineup, play him while he’s hot.

Drops:

Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Nationals – I tend to have a shorter leash with the older players not producing, and there are plenty of better 1B options.

Brian Dozier, 2B, Nationals – He’s been slightly better of late, but still only hitting .183 with a .632 OPS on the season. I’m dropping but you can hold if you’re desperate for a MI.

Values:

I’m going to keep speaking a Verdugo breakout into existence until it happens. If given the opportunity to play every day, he has the tools to contribute across all categories and is in a stacked lineup.

Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers

Matt Adams, 1B, Nationals

Brian Goodwin, OF, Angels

Sell:

Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers – 0 HR and a .661 OPS, if anyone is buying off name recognition alone I’m selling for a hitter with functioning legs.

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  1. Ivan Make Basket says:
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    everybody sleeping on raimel tapia (including me) hes only rostered in 2,1% of leagues!

    great job highlighting him. he hit .319 in the minors and he gets coors field. only weird thing is he hasnt had a successful steal yet (0-2) but he feels like a guy who can steal 15 at least in a full season. can maybe hit 20 homers with a full season and coors too, he’s got 4 homers in like 85 at bats over the last 2 seasons. hes got to keep his ks down but def a good pickup and someone whos available in almost every league.

    • mcafeeeee

      mcafeeeee says:
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      Yes definitely a 15/15 guy with potential for more

  2. Joshua says:
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    As a Tigers fan it hurt to drop Miggy…snagged Chavis.

    Nice write up!

    • mcafeeeee

      mcafeeeee says:
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      Thanks, I’m a Tigers fan too so I want him to succeed but he’s hitting a ton of ground balls and surrounded by a bad lineup.

  3. Ivan Make Basket says:
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    mcafeeeee what you doing with justin turner in ops leagues?

    he has like 2 extra base hits in 80 at bats, and neither are a hr… its bad. i saw on twitter a couple of his outs yesterday were 100mph outs? not sure if accurate i didn’t see.

    • mcafeeeee

      mcafeeeee says:
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      Turner has been disappointing, his age and nagging injuries worry me. But I’m holding for now he’s too good and Dodgers trust him

  4. Ivan Make Basket says:
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    also, what are your thoughts on renato nunez?

    • mcafeeeee

      mcafeeeee says:
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      His power seems real although half his HR came in one game. 25 years old could be a breakout. Would be an add depending on who you’re giving up.

  5. Sano Go says:
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    In an OPS league, are you dropping any of the following for Tapia:

    Franmil, H Dozier, Voit

    Thanks!

    • mcafeeeee

      mcafeeeee says:
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      Definitely not Voit or H. Dozier. Reyes has more power potential but Tapia if you need avg and SB

  6. web says:
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    Tapia over Buxton?

    • mcafeeeee

      mcafeeeee says:
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      Buxton

  7. rbrewertufts says:
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    Tapia over Joc?

    • mcafeeeee

      mcafeeeee says:
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      Joc

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