In today’s edition of Deep League Waiver Wire, all three players’ names start with a “C.” So that’s something.
Casey Kotchman | 1% Owned (Y!) | 0% Owned (ESPN)
From the ashes of Mannygate rose the glorious pheonix known only as Casey Kotchman. The Kotch has seen regular playing time as of late, and he has actually been relatively useful for the Rays. Kotchman is back to hitting line drives again, as his rate through Saturday’s action was a career high, even if it was only through 48 plate appearances. As a hitter without any real power to speak of, Kotchman relies on his ability to put the ball in play while hopefully hitting it hard enough to reach base. Because of this, Kotchman’s fantasy value will be reliant on his BABIP, one of the cruelest mistresses in the natural world. As long as he plays on a regular basis, Kotchman should be owned in very deep leagues, but it doesn’t mean you should be playing him.
Corey Patterson | 1% | 1%
While this isn’t your slightly older brother’s Corey Patterson, the Blue Jays outfielder still has some of the tools that made him a fantasy stud in 2004 and 2006. With Rajai Davis sitting on the disabled list, Patterson backed into some playing time in Toronto over the past couple of weeks. Even when the Blue Jays activated Davis, they opted to send Travis Snider to the minors instead of Patterson. It looks like Patterson will get a share of the playing time in left field, and he could start to see even more if/when DH David Cooper gets his butt kicked by major league pitching. Patterson’s worth an add if you need to take a flier on some steals.
Chris Resop | 1% | 0%
Resop isn’t a big name, and he doesn’t have much in the way of past MLB success, but he’s been very good in the Pirates bullpen ever since they acquired him from the Braves late last year. Resop is an extreme fly ball pitcher, but he gets strikeouts and limits walks, so he does have a chance to be a solid fantasy reliever. With Evan Meek on the DL, Resop will be pitching later in games, picking up holds in the process, or at least he will be whenever the Pirates can have a lead in the late innings. Resop isn’t a stud, but he’s serviceable in deeper leagues.