Week 7 is well underway, and there are still Dodger players available in many leagues.
C – A.J. Ellis – .353, 7 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB in last two weeks.
Owned in: 5.3 percent on ESPN, 14 percent on Yahoo.
Ellis has been a pleasant surprise this season, and could be in store for bettered production now that he will be hitting higher in the lineup. He clearly will have more opportunities to drive in runs presumably in the sixth spot of the lineup. He has hits in seven of his 10 games, scoring runs in six of those contests.
Chances are that he’s available in your league. Take a flier on him if he’s available.
2B – Mark Ellis – .289, 9 R, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 SB in last two weeks.
Owned in: 22.5 percent on ESPN, 10 percent on Yahoo.
Typically you see those stats that Ellis possesses and might begin to wonder about rushing to add him. Don’t. At least not right now. With the loss of Kemp, no player may see more of a decline than the second-baseman Ellis, who is now 0-for-7 in his last two games, contests which Kemp saw limited time in.
OF – Bobby Abreu – .296, 4 R, 0 HR, 4 RBIs, 0 SB in last two weeks.
Owned in: 1.1 percent on ESPN, 3 percent on Yahoo.
Bobby asked for more playing time with the Angels, and was released. He then signed with the Dodgers to reside in the same, familiar role he had in Anaheim, except he is about to get more than what he bargained for. In NL-only leagues you must bid on Abreu, who will at the very least get you a few key RBIs. The potential is there for him to hit for average once again. However, don’t expect many home runs to come of it.
In deep mixed-leagues he may be worth stashing for a couple of games until you are comfortable enough to start him.
SP – Aaron Harang – 1-0, 19.2 IP, 8 ER, 17 H, 6 BB, 9 K, 3.66 ERA, 1.17 WHIP in last two weeks.
Owned in: 3.2 percent on ESPN, 9 percent on Yahoo.
Harang is terrifically capable of pitching deep into games like he did on Sunday against the Rockies. His next outing is scheduled for Thursday night against the struggling Padres. After that he will presumably draw the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Be wary of his 5.32 ERA on the road, but keep in mind that both those teams are hurting, and he holds a 1.93 ERA in his last two outings.
RP – Kenley Jansen – 0-0, 2 SV, 2 HLDs, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 1.80 ERA, 0.80 WHIP in last two weeks.
Owned in: 96.3 percent on ESPN, 82 percent on Yahoo.
By now most Dodger fans know to have let go of Javy Guerra in favor of Kenley Jansen, but still he is not owned in every league quite yet. On Yahoo he is still available in a good number of leagues. Jansen was wobbly last night, but demonstrated that he has full confidence in his terrific defense. If you are looking for saves and see Kenley available, you have to snatch him up right away.
Trying to Replace Matt Kemp?
1B/OF – Yonder Alonso, SD – .396, 4 R, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 SB in last two weeks
Owned in: 16.3 percent on ESPN, 23 percent on Yahoo.
A horrible start all but doomed Alonso early on. However he keeps mashing, and fighting back. This was at one time a player that was amongst the top prospects in baseball. Hitting at Petco Park isn’t going to impress many owners, but do keep in mind that as long as he is hot, he will drive in runs. He’s stolen a base as well. Replacing Matt Kemp will not be a small task, but Alonso’s streaky ways of hitting can keep your team’s batting average and RBIs looking pretty. Still, two weeks without Kemp cannot come soon enough.