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Justifying Jay

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Shopping at the five-and-dime:


(Players owned in less than 10 percent of Y! and ESPN.com leagues)


Joel Peralta RP, Rays (Yahoo: 5 percent owned, ESPN: 9.8 percent)


With Kyle Farnsworth unavailable due to lingering tenderness in his elbow, Rays manager Joe Maddon turned to Peralta to save Monday's win over the Orioles. While the Rays are confident that Farnsworth will be able to pitch again this season, he hasn't even resumed throwing. With the timeline for his return unknown, Peralta should be owned in most formats.


Manny Acosta RP, Mets (Yahoo: 3 percent owned, ESPN: 4.6 percent)


The Mets' bullpen is a major mess at the moment. While Terry Collins hasn't given up on Bobby Parnell entirely, the young fireballer has a 5.40 ERA and 7/6 K/BB ratio this month, including three blown saves in his last four opportunities. Meanwhile, Acosta has a ridiculous 1.61 ERA and 34/8 K/BB ratio over 28 innings since the All-Star break. Collins could go either way on any given night, but Acosta should get his fair share of chances. Pick him up if you're desperate for saves. 


Greg Holland RP, Royals (Yahoo: 4 percent owned, ESPN: 1.3 percent)


Holland locked down his third save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Twins, after which the Royals acknowledged that Joakim Soria was unavailable due to a strained right hamstring. Ned Yost is calling him day-to-day, but with the season winding down, they aren't going to rush him back to the hill. Holland has a 1.91 ERA and 69/18 K/BB ratio over 56 1/3 innings this season, so he makes for an excellent short-term play. 




Nolan Reimold OF, Orioles (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.5 percent)


Reimold has been playing pretty regularly since the All-Star break and while he hasn't done much to lock down a job for 2012, he at least has nine homers and five stolen bases through 259 plate appearances. Matt Angle's speed is also interesting, so don't forget him in deeper formats, but he probably won't get much playing time once Adam Jones is ready to return to the lineup. 




Wilin Rosario C, Rockies (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)


The Rockies are committed to taking a long look at Rosario, which means he should see most of the playing time over Chris Iannetta the rest of the way. While I think Iannetta has been underappreciated in Colorado, Rosario is certainly worth your attention in NL-only formats. The 22-year-old had 21 homers in Double-A this season after hitting 19 last season. 


Allen Craig 2B/OF, Cardinals (Yahoo: 3 percent owned, ESPN: 1.7 percent)


Matt Holliday is being shut down for the next few days due to inflammation in his right index finger, so Craig should see regular duty in left field in the short-term. The 27-year-old has benefited from an unsustainable batting average on balls in play this season, but he at least makes good contact and has enough pop to be interesting. Heck, I could even see him having some value in five-outfielder mixed leagues or leagues that use a MI (middle infielder) spot. 

D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
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