I hate this. Stupid SAGNOF! Pisses me off to no end. The worst part of the strategy is at times, you have to own guys you may dislike, or in my case, hate. It goes with the territory and when they succeed, it takes away some of the burn of the past. But when they fail, they become deader than Randy Quaid’s career. Like this GIF, sometimes it results in a wedgie and everyone laughing at you. Thanks SAGNOF wedgie. This is what I struggle with, the unsavory characters you have to hang around and the resulting public humiliation when you fail. But when you nail it… BOOM!
Danny Santana (SS) – I hate players like Danny Santana. They come into your life one summer, bring you lots of joy, and then come back the next year 20 pounds heavier and with braces. Wait, this isn’t summer camp. He’s been batting lead-off the past five games, which is good for runs and steals (two swipes in six games). Couple that with his 25-ish steal speed, and you have yourself a SAGNOF. Pretty easy there. He’s at 2% ownership rate, and as long as he bats lead-off, Santana should be owned. Since coming back, he has hit safely in 5-of-6 games and had two multi-hit games.
Rajai Davis (OF) – I hate that I feel a need to remind you guys… and girls about the King of SAGNOF. I never know what questions are going to pop up. He is tied for second in steals with 7, is 12.2% owned, and so far has out-produced Billy Burns. He has been sitting a little against righties and as other outlets have pointed out, he might only get lead-off nods against southpaws. As per usual, he is a good off-day batty call unless you have deep benches and can stash him and only play him on the days with good match-ups.
The Cincinati Reds Bullpen – There are sh*tuations, there are overturned outhouses, and then there is the Natty’s pen. If you are crazy desperate like a college freshman with an expiring condom then go ahead and dive into this one. Cingrani, Hoover, Cotham, Diaz, Ohlendorf all can suck it. I’m starting to wonder if 32-year-old Louisville Bats save leader Steve Delabar gets called back to the show to close games. I still hold the belief that Cotham or Cingrani will be the two most likely candidates but if you see Delabar get called up I would grab him. I know it’s not pretty considering how bad his walk rate is, but again, if you are desperate you can get into this mix. Be careful. You have been advised.
Darren O’Day (RP) – In case you missed it or only come here to read me, Zach Britton sprained his ankle and will be getting an MRI on Monday… wait that’s today. O’Day was likely already owned in most competitive RCL’s and deeper leagues. If he’s there then your league mates are either slow people or you play FBB through the mail. I’m not going to go on and on about O’Day even though he has been All Day in my book this season!
Fernando Salas (RP) – If you missed on Joe Smith, who, by the way, got knocked around on Sunday, then grab Salas. My buddy Oaktown Steve brought up Salas in one of our group emails with Big Magoo as the grab in Anaheim. [Jay’s Note: You guys have group emails? Is that a thing?] He’s been slightly better than Smith and usually carries a 9+ K/9. His fastball has been a plus pitch for most of his career and if the slider and change are working then he can be a tough at bat. I grabbed him in a few leagues and if you need the saves then be ready if Smith falters again next time out.
David Phelps (RP) – Add this arm to your watchlist. If anything happens with A.J. Ramos then he is clearly the next arm up for saves. I know Kyle Barraclough has been stone cold ridiculous on South Beach, but I think Phelps is next in line…for now.