With the trade deadline behind us, and a gazillion articles out there on who got swapped for whom and what that means, let's just go back to our regular format, even if that involves some trade fall out.
In this case, I mean Tyler Collins, Detroit's sixth-round selection in 2011 who was summoned to fill the slot opened with the trade of Yoenis Cespedes. Collins got some Detroit playing time last year (.250-1-4), posted a pretty good .263-18-62 line at Toledo and is hitting .259-2-7 at Comerica. If you are in a deep AL format, and need at-bats, Collins makes a good gamble, but he might also make a good cheap left-handed play in DFS depending upon the match-up.
In case you had not noticed, the Yankees' Didi Gregorius has been hot, hitting .305-1-15 over the past month, raising his season numbers to .260-5-32. In fact, over the past two weeks, the shortstop has a .973 OPS. Still, Gregorius is not much of an on-base or base stealing machine. But again, if you are looking for potentially productive at-bats in a deep format, Gregorius has been swinging the bat and his team is in contention, so he should be playing regularly.
But, probably the best hitting prospect to get some playing time this last cycle is the Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty, a first rounder in 2012, Piscotty mostly played the outfield in Memphis, where he hit .272-11-41 with 28 doubles and a good 46 walks to 62 whiffs (.366 OBP) and as a Stanford grad, we can figure he is a smart guy. Piscotty is a great add in any league or format.
OK, let's check out the latest spate of new pitchers now, starting with Keyvius Sampson, a fourth-round pick of the Padres in 2009 who was grabbed by the retooling Reds as a free agent after the first of the year. Sampson, with a career 40-35, 4.17 mark (1.341 WHIP), doesn't appear to have a lot to offer, though he did strike out 634 batters over 607 innings, so the 25-year-old might have some value out there if he can gain some command. He has a chance to now in the Majors, but I would still steer clear.
On the other hand, Daniel Norris, the Jays' #2 pick in 2011 who was part of last week's David Price deal, has been written about, but he is a pretty interesting gamble from here on out. Norris made the Toronto rotation to begin 2015, and went 1-1, 3.86 over 23.3 frames, but with a 1.50 WHIP. Like Sampson, Norris gets the whiffs with 384 over 348.3 innings, but like Sampson, he has a minor league WHIP (1.387) that is cause for concern. Still, Norris has potential and will likely be in the Detroit rotation for the rest of the season, so crapshoot accordingly.
29-year-old Yohan Flande has such an irresistable name that I cannot ignore him. Still, the backstory is the right-hander was signed by the Phils in 2010, released, then signed by the Braves, then granted free agency, and then signed by the Rockies, which is kind of what his road to the Show has been. Flande was 3-3, 7.11 at Albuquerque with a 1.985 WHIP, but inexplicably is 1-1, 3.68, with a 1.318 WHIP over 22 big league innings this year. Still, name or not, he will be an innings eater and I would shy away.
Finally, Martin Perez is back from TJ surgery and in the Rangers rotation, and has pretty much been clobbered (0-2, 10.50, with a 2.33 WHIP) since his return. Well, clobbered until yesterday, when he held a good Giants team to just two hits and a ninth inning run while whiffing six and walking none over 8 2/3 innings for his first win. In the process, Perez also lowered his ERA to 6.64 and he could indeed be in a groove, worth a pick-up, and worth a play every and anywhere. Track him.
DFS Watch: OK, we are willing to adjust to the fun market of Daily Games. In fact, you know we play FantasyScore and participate in the FanDuel Tout Wars contest, so let's add to our daily MastersDaily coverage and simply pick a couple of series/games/starts this week that look good.
Pitchers to Watch: My mate Marc Meltzer really loves Francisco Liriano starting against the Cubs tomorrow, and their .298 OBP, and even over the coming weekend, facing the Dodgers, who only have a .311 total in the same category.
Additionally, I am not a huge fan of new Rockies pitcher J.A. Happ, but he is a junk ball pitcher who will be facing many NL hitters for the first time and that could produce some productive starts.
Otherwise, at least to start the week, it means your teams should blow the money on hitters and that the primo starters only have one shot, so choose wisely.
Hitters to Watch: Shock, Mike Zunino was on a nine-game hitting streak, making him almost as dangerous as Gregorius (cue to LOL), but when looking at this week, all the players on new teams--Brandon Moss, Jose Reyes, Troy Tulowitzki, and Yoenis Cespedes will thus be making my rosters accordingly.