Baseball is finally in full swing, and if you are a member of the Club of Deep-League Fantasy Baseball Owners (CDLFBO — pretty catchy, huh?), and play in NL-only, AL-only, or other extra deep leagues, you’ve come to the right place.  Each week, we swim in the deepest end of the player pool, taking a look at a handful of players that some shallow-leaguers may have never even heard of, but that we CDLFBOs might be needy enough to take a look at for our teams. Our threshold for now will be guys who are less than 10% owned in CBS leagues, so let’s see who might be out there waiting to cozy up to an available roster spot.

Colin Moran.  I have a bad feeling I’m going to be unsuccessfully trying to make Colin Moran happen all season, and here goes my first attempt.  He’s as far from a flashy player as it gets and isn’t getting much playing time at all so far, but he’s a guy who won’t hurt you (career .276 average in the majors) in a deep league.  And if Jung-Ho Kang goes through a stretch where he forgets to pop an occasional homer among his myriad of strikeouts (or gets arrested a few more times), Moran could see some extra playing time for the Pirates to boot.

Dominic Smith.  Even an amazingly good spring didn’t help Smith step out of the shadows of the Mets’ beloved new baby, Pete Alonso, but Smith did enough to break camp with the club.  He may not be returning much value for now with his limited at bats, but he’s held his head high and is making the best of the situation, going 5-for-10 plus a walk and collecting 4 RBI.  He’s a 23-year old who was a huge prospect what seems like minutes ago, so he feels like a guy to keep a deep-league eye on.

Nick Margevicius.  Margevicius is certainly a wildcard, but he’s a starting pitcher who has a job in a major league rotation (that would be the Padres), and those can be hard to come by in deep leagues.  He looked great in his debut, giving up only a run in 5 innings, with 5 strikeouts and no walks.  Granted, that start was against the offense-deprived Giants, so temper your expectations… but the “Starters in PetCo Park Plan” still works just often enough to make it worth trying from time to time.

David Hernandez.  If I have one rule when it comes to fantasy baseball, it’s don’t roster a Cincinnati Reds reliever.  Yet, when it comes to the deepest of leagues, sometimes we have to break our own rules.  Raisel Iglesias has looked a bit off, to say the least, to open the season, and Hernandez already has one vulture save.  Even if Iglesias rights the ship, I’m going to give Hernandez a chance in a couple NL-only leagues where I could use a middle reliever until he gives me reason not to.  His numbers were surprisingly good last year (and significantly better overall than bullpen-mate Jared Hughes):  2.53 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 65 Ks/17 BBs in 64 innings.

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Dwight Smith Jr.  If you’re looking for at bats from an outfielder, Smith is getting quite a lot of them, near the top of the Orioles’ lineup.  He showed a dollop of power and a dollop of speed in the minors, with a decent average and OBP, so we’ll see if he can translate that into any major league production now that he’s getting regular starts.

Chris Owings.  Owings had a pretty lost year with the Diamondbacks in 2018, but just two years ago was a decent deep-league roster filler with 12 homers and 12 steals on the year.  The bad news is that he’s off to a predictably dreadful .091 start this year in Kansas City… at least he’s getting a chance to play?  He’s already appeared in several games at 2B and 3B after entering the season qualifying for fantasy purposes in the outfield. In the deepest of leagues, he may at least be able to provide a handful of counting stats that could make a difference for you over the course of the season — and if you crunch the numbers, maybe that average has no where to go but up?

Leury Garcia.  I honestly didn’t realize how long Garcia had been kicking around — he has major league at bats going back to 2013.  He hasn’t done much in all that time to excite the fantasy world, but if you need a 2%-owned player who shouldn’t hurt you in average and might throw a few steals your way (.271 with 12 SBs in 82 games last year)…

Trent Thornton.  Thornton opened the season in a Toronto rotation that’s dealing with some injuries, so his time there may or may not be short-lived.  He looked awfully good in his first start though, pitching 5 scoreless innings, striking out 8 and giving up just 2 hits without a walk.  Obviously we’re at the beginning of the year when sample sizes are as small as can be, but for those of you who are in to things like spin rate, I read somewhere that Thorton’s is good, so I’m going to monitor the situation accordingly.

 

 

  1. Hamporter says:
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    Moran is starting in left field tonight with all the injuries in Pittsburgh. Should be interesting in left field at PNC!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Got Moran in Tout, giddy up!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Tho, I lost Trea, hold me

      • Hamporter says:
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        As a Bucco fan, I don’t know why they don’t move the drunk to short and play Moran at third. Clint’s too good of a baseball mind I guess…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah

  2. Nick says:
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    Hi sweety

    1st of all … not a good feeling about « our » Yu…

    Now let’s talk deeply-doo

    Dynasty pitching team
    Sp1. Lucchesi
    Sp2. Trevor Williams
    Sp3. Glasnow
    Sp4. Woodruff
    Rp1. K. Giles
    Rp2. B. Parker
    P. Hamels
    P. Mikolas
    P. Matz
    + Gearin for Holds
    + Honeywell in the wait&see room

    I’d like to add
    Freddy Peralta 2.0—> over Mik-old édition
    Trent Thorton ? Over Honey-bench
    Duplantier —> over Gearin ? And future top prospect?
    I’ll wait to see Hamels next start , but i’d consider hum droppable in Dynasty

    Do you believe in Odorizzi 11K- comeback ?

    Have a good week-end

    Nick the French Stick

    • Nick says:
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      added Peralta and Thornton over Mikolas and C.Gearin

      happy for the future (2020?) but i don’t have any holds left !awaiting Duplantier ‘s coming out of the dug-out ^^

    • Laura Holt

      Laura Holt says:
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      Sorry for the delay — been completely off the grid for about 36 hrs! I definitely like the Peralta add… may be a few bumps along the way, but the upside is there. And Odorizzi answered that question himself I think with his latest performance… he may have some good starts here and there but I’m not buying in until we see some consistency. Anyway, liking your team… very bummed I don’t have any shares of Lucchesi, and I am really hoping for a good year from Glasnow in particular.

      • Nick says:
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        Peralta was a sure add after Mikey bad 2nd start
        at least i’ll get Ks !!

        i added Thornton after Gearin [email protected] up the end-game
        but i have no more holds stat (pretty much hold have no face – HoHaNof – easy to find)

        i’m not buying yet Odor-easy eiher
        neither Duplantier

        Hamels was better yesterday …

        Come back quick for advices ^^ <3

  3. Harley Earl says:
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    Laura,

    Something to also consider about David Hernandez is that Reds manager David Bell has made it clear he intends to not use Iglesias in a typical closer role but will dispense of him this season in the high leverage situations whether they occur in the 7th, 8th or 9th innings, depending who’s at the plate and if men are on base. I believe that makes Hernandez slightly more valuable as he might be in on more saves opportunities than one would expect.

    Good work.

    • Laura Holt

      Laura Holt says:
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      Agreed! Amir Garrett could also vulture a save or two if the timing is right… though the Reds are such a mess right now I might not hold my breath for too many saves from anyone until they get their act together!

  4. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey …
    no buy column today ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It posts at noon PST

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