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Popular Drops

Here's a look at this week's popular drops in ESPN leagues.

  • Joey Devine.  Devine will be out at least the first few months of the season.  It's safe to cut him and look elsewhere for saves.
  • Brandon Lyon.  Lyon's had one bad performance and one good one.  Jim Leyland's April 1st declaration that Fernando Rodney would be the Opening Day closer was a big blow to Lyon's value.  Lyon is worthy of a bench spot as a backup closer, but Rodney's looked good so far.
  • Chris Ray.  Ray's been knocked around in two of his three performances.  Orioles closer George Sherrill looks decent and Ray isn't much of a threat right now.  This is similar to the Rodney/Lyon situation, but it's easier to demote Ray since he doesn't earn nearly as much as Lyon.
  • Jason Motte.  His stock dropped rather quickly with a pair of bad performances.  Keep him on the bench and see if he bounces back.
  • Elijah Dukes.  He dealt with a groin strain already but it doesn't seem major.  For all the griping about his playing time, he's on pace for 432 ABs.  Dukes is still worth owning in mixed leagues for the power/speed and breakout potential.
  • Khalil Greene.  Not showing power in his first 25 ABs, but c'mon, it's only 25 ABs!  He's bounced around in Tony La Russa's lineups but always landed in good spots.  If you liked Greene a few weeks ago you should still like him now.
  • J.D. Drew.  So he's 2 for 16 with a dinger. He still bats fifth in a strong Boston lineup.  I wouldn't give up on him yet.  Remember his 12 HR, 27 RBI month last year?  Granted, he had little fantasy value outside of that month.
  • Mike Jacobs.  3 for 17, no homers.  Remains a source of cheap power.
  • Dan Wheeler.  Two scoreless innings this year, but he seems to be behind Grant Balfour and Troy Percival for saves in Tampa Bay.  I'd be comfortable cutting him loose.
  • Jed Lowrie.  Never liked him in mixed leagues.  He's off to a 1 for 18 start.

Honorable mention to Manny Parra, who was knocked around in his first start against the Giants.  This is a good guy to stash away.  Parra was quite inconsistent last year; with these questionable back-end rotation guys you have to just roll with the punches.  Easier said than done, I know. 

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