Is it time to deal with Jose Iglesias?


The fantasy pickup game can get pretty thin in these 15-team mixed leagues. One of my current radar adds is a shortstop with no home runs and no stolen bases. It’s no surprise that he’s in just four percent of Yahoo’s leagues.

And still – Jose Iglesias, Come down. Let’s see if we can time the market.

Should Deep Leaguers Add Jose Iglesias?

Iglesias always offers a batting average, you hang your hat on that here. He’s batting .319 this year — a big advantage in the current MLB offensive field — and he’s a .278 stick for his career. He makes contact. There he will help you.

And maybe some category juice will show up at some point. He hit eight homers and stole five bases in 114 games last year — not Jazz Chisholm numbers, but they aren’t zeros either. And the Rockies have moved Iglesias to No. 2 for the last two games; maybe that will stick. Coors Field remains our best friend, and Colorado opens a glorious nine-game homestand Friday.

Jose Iglesias could have fantasy value in the deep league if Colorado enters a nine-game homestand. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Iglesias hasn’t received a Coors Field boost this year, but in general April isn’t the time to get your ya-yas in the air. As the weather gets warmer this place gets ridiculous at times. And with all that area in the outfield, you’re seeing a lot of cheap hits, too.

If you’re looking to play the opposing side of the Colorado homestand, note that the Royals, Giants, and Mets are all competing for these nine games. So maybe we can stream something on both sides of the field and kick hoops.

Juan Yepez looks good

If you play in a shallower league and need assistance, this is the last call to St. Louis Prospect, Juan Yepez. The 24-year-old slugger has been on a seven-game hit streak in which he hit 12 hits and a couple of homers since his recall. I don’t care how small the sample is, those .444/.483/.778 slashes sure do look pretty.

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Yepez got his game going last year, especially during 92 games at Triple-A (.290/.382/.589, 22 homers). Perhaps that run over the last year is enough to make the in-game pedigree overlooked; Yepez was never a ranked prospect. Of course, that doesn’t mean he can’t be good. The world is full of stars and useful starters who have never cracked a top 100 list. Paul Goldschmidt is one of those guys.

The Cardinals place him fourth or fifth daily, giving him DH time and corner outfield time (and he already has the 1B and 3B tags for Yahoo). I’m surprised Yepez is still unclaimed in about 60 percent of Yahoo’s leagues, but formats vary. Double check the cable just to be sure.

Brooks Raley makes a living in the Tampa bullpen

When you think of safe stripes, stingrays come to mind. This team isn’t happy unless a committee-powered bullpen is scattering savings like fertilizer.

And we still have to take them seriously because Tampa is one of the safest bets for 90+ wins every season.

Five weeks into the fresh season, we’re getting what we expected. The Rays are 19-13, right in playoff contention. And three different relievers have multiple saves – Andrew Kittredge (four), Brooks Raley (three) and Ryan Thompson (two).

This is straight (Kevin) Cash, homely.

Kittredge has long since disappeared from competitive pools, but Raley might be the underrated pitcher here. He’s rolled up 13 puffs against just two walks over 10 innings, and he’s posting wipeout ratios (1.42 ERA, 0.70 WHIP). As one of the team’s lefties, Raley is probably unlikely to be the full bullpen chairman for Tampa. But he’s earned the right to operate at high leverage and is free to conquer eight percent of Yahoo’s leagues.

I understand that with these pickup pitches, one size will never fit all. Some of you must have rolled your eyes at Iglesias (not interested) or maybe Yepez (long gone in your pool). So we try to mix it up. You know your league better than we do; season to taste.


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