Here’s the link to our public league, the first inaugural Fake Teams and Friends affair. You’ll see Punk is Dead in first place, where he has resided for quite some time. Bases Loaded is only three points back, and has also been in his perch atop the league for quite some time. Our own Zack Waxman is back into third, pushing yours truly down a notch to fourth place. And Zack might be in for a shot in the arm offensively, as he added the player of the week in Aristides Aquino.
The Money Adds
These are the guys we spent coin on. Remember, it’s a $100 FAAB budget.
$6 Mark Melancon (Atl - P) to Zack
$5 Aristides Aquino (Cin - OF) to Zack
$2 Kevin Newman (Pit - 2B, SS) to Punk is Dead
$1 Emmanuel Clase (Tex - P) to No Cigar
$1 Seth Lugo (NYM - P) to Punk is Dead
$1 Carlos Carrasco (Cle - P) to Zack
On Melancon, I am not “in” on the hurler. Peep the Twitter feed:
I somehow doubt this sticks. Wouldn’t go crazy https://t.co/gVqBrVUZOX— Heath Capps (@HeathCapps) August 10, 2019
Sometimes you just know your own team, right? Melancon imploded on Saturday night, mustering a single out and allowing four runs. That’s a 108.00 ERA and 12.00 WHIP, in case you need more of a visual. Good luck to Zack, but I don’t think Melancon or Shane Greene will be given the next save chance in Atlanta. No, I don’t know who it will be.
Aquino is the prize add of week. He has homered in FOUR STRAIGHT GAMES, including a THREE-HOMER night on Saturday. He is up to 61% owned today, and his ownership number climbed 60% over the last 24 hours on Yahoo. I’ve never seen a number climb that high so fast. He has seven homers over his first 10 games. Open up your wallets, people. Time to blow all the FAAB, and that’s not hyperbole. Do what you have to do.
Leave it to our league leader to pull off a sneaky add in Newman. The Pirates have four lefties on the schedule for the coming week, so Newman could see some time hitting leadoff. Smooth move, Garrett.
I always learn a new name when I pen this. Emmanuel Clase is that name today, and I’ll just leave the Pitching Ninja propaganda here:
Emmanuel Clase, Flaming Cutters. ✂️— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 7, 2019
On what planet is this fair?? Seriously. pic.twitter.com/SeeAxcPuUg
Clase has an 80-grade heater, per MLB Pipeline. Electric. Not sure if Clase will snag the job soon, but he looks like a closer-in-waiting.
Seth Lugo has evolved into a person who will begin siphoning a few saves here and there for the Mets. He’s been that good, and Edwin Diaz has not been his reliable self. A very worthy stash if you need ratio help or if you are searching for saves.
Last but not least (of the money adds) Carlos Carrasco has resumed bullpen sessions. This is a “one day at a time” thing for the Indians, who would likely move him into a bullpen role if he did return this season. A longshot, but a worthy stash if you have the space—and obviously and awesome story to root for, as Carrasco is working his way back to strength after leukemia treatments.
The $0 Adds
Phillip Ervin (Cin - OF) to The Last of Us
Travis Demeritte (Det - 2B, SS, OF) to The Last of Us
Mitch Keller (Pit - P) to Zack
Jon Berti (Mia - 2B, 3B, OF) to yours truly
Derek Law (Tor - P) to yours truly
Pablo Sandoval (SF - 1B, 3B) to The Last of Us
Chad Pinder (Oak - 2B, 3B, OF) to The Last of Us
Anthony Bass (Sea - P) to The Last of Us
Kolby Allard (Tex - P) to The Last of Us
On the above list, obviously it’s my guy Derek Law as the most interesting. Law has a pair of saves in his past five appearances, and Ken Giles is battling elbow issues...again. If the Jays shut him down, I’ve found another cheap closer to help me continue closing the gap.
Mitch Keller is intriguing too, I’ll grant you that, Zack. I’ve been penning a Streamer Report for each day recently, and Keller will probably be a member of said report come Monday against the Angels. He’s one of the best pitching prospects in the game and he’ll get a two-start week next week, assuming he makes it out of Monday. A worthy stash in your 15-teamers.