Marry, Bury, Date: Week 6
Welcome back to another week of Marry, Bury, Date — the
childhood game I’ve hijacked to provide the framework for my initial foray into
providing expert fantasy baseball advice.
The premise of the game is simple. Three names are thrown out and the
participants must pick which one they would Marry (ie commit to long-term),
Bury (get rid of forever), or Date (could be fun in the short-term). When considering trade offers or waiver wire
pick-ups, fantasy players are faced with these same three decisions all the
time, so in an effort to help aid these choices, I’ll name one player who I
like for the rest of the season, one player who I think could help in the
short-term, and one guy I wouldn’t touch in this space each week.
After I’m done, if you want to whisper to the player that I
“like ’em, like ’em” that’s up to you.
If you do, I look forward to the awkwardness that ensues all the way
through the Junior High Prom. Maybe I’ll
get my courage up and ask them to dance during James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful.”
This week’s picks are below.
Todd Helton – Quick
question. When was the last time Todd
Helton played at least 140 games and didn’t hit over .300? Answer – never. It hasn’t happened even once. And when you consider that since 1998, he’s
played in at least 140 games in 10 seasons and has hit .315 or better in nine
of them, I’d say he’s a safe bet to do it again this year, especially since he’s
currently hitting .343. Not bad for a
guy who largely went undrafted.
He may have slipped off the radar because he no longer has
40 homer upside. But the guy still rakes
and with an OPS hovering around .900, he will provide fantasy numbers that are
valuable in all but the shallowest of leagues.
Expect him to finish the season hitting around .320 in 500 plus at-bats,
with 95 RBIs and 90 runs scored. Those
numbers may not demand a premium on draft day, but they are excellent for a guy
available cheap or for free in most leagues.
Emilio Bonifacio –
I hope you cashed out on this lottery ticket early, because he is worthless
right now. After a torrid start that
caused everyone to rush to pick him up like he was Led Zeppelin tickets circa
1973, Bonifacio has killed countless fantasy teams over the last week and shows
no signs of stopping. His exciting
wheels have been neutralized by his complete inability to get on base and even
the Marlins are starting to show signs that they’ve run out of patience (and
since they just demoted Cameron Maybin, it’s clear this isn’t a team that will
turn a blind eye to growing pains).
If you picked him up and didn’t trade him, it’s time to move
on. The current version of Bonifacio is
much more reflective of his abilities in this early stage of his career and the
opening week Bonifacio ain’t walking through that door. Take solace that you guys had a few good
times together and that you never thought he’d be a long term part of your team’s
life, then kick him back to the waiver wire where he belongs.
Juan Cruz – If you haven’t grabbed Cruz already,
you might be too late. As usual, when
word came out that a closer went down, the starting gun went off and the race
to pick-up his successor began. For once, it might be justified. Usually,
the guy who suddenly becomes the closer wasn’t already a closer for a reason
and often can hurt your team’s WHIP and ERA more than he helps you in
saves. But Cruz has been outstanding
this year, sporting a 1.88 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 13 appearances.
With the severity of Soria’s injury unknown, Cruz is
absolutely worth picking up if you have any deadweight at all on your
roster. Maybe he gives you two weeks
worth of saves, maybe two months. As
long as he’s not killing your ratio categories in the meantime, he’ll be
valuable either way. Grab him now and
then monitor Soria’s injury status closely.
You never know, Cruz could be this year’s Solomon Torres, an older
pitcher thrust into the closer role for a contending small-market team that
ends up paying huge dividends for fantasy owners. If so, you’ll want him on your team.
Thanks for reading, tomorrow is the mailbag, so leave any
questions you may have in the comments below.