Mariners’ Fantasy Preview: August 11 – August 17

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Aug 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Tigers third baseman

Nick Castellanos

(9) is greeted at home plate by left fielder

J.D. Martinez

after Castellanos hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning as the Tigers beat the Blue Jays 5-4 at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers have all seven games at home this week, first hosting an interleague matchup against Pitssburgh before welcoming Seattle to town. Pittsburgh will likely throw Jeff Locke, Edinson Volquez, Vance Worley, and Francisco Liriano, while the Mariners should have James Paxton, Felix Hernandez, and Chris Young ready to go.

Anibal Sanchez Injury

In case you have not heard, Anibal Sanchez has been placed on the 15 day DL (along with Joaquin Soria) after straining his pectoral muscle on Friday. This leaves a hole in what seemed an insurmountable rotation, and the Tigers have dreadful SP depth.

Do not under any circumstances take a chance on whoever starts in Sanchez’s place on Wednesday. Drew VerHagen would have been tempting, but he is out for the year with a fracture in his L4 vertebrae. That leaves Robbie Ray (0.3%) as the likely starter, but not only is he not worth an acquisition (the memory of -21 points in his last big league game against Texas still stings) but he will also go against Worley, who is 5-1 with the Pirates and has posted double-digit scoring in four straight outings.

Nick Castellanos

The Tigers lineup is full of guys that either are likely already on a team or are not worthy of starting in most 10 or even 12 team leagues. Six of Detroit’s regulars have an OWN% above 96.0; the next highest is Nick Castellanos, at 14.3%.

Castellanos, in addition to possessing medicore stats, has not been noticeably better against righties or lefties, so not even someone looking for a platoon option in LF or 3B should consider him.

Unless you are extremely desperate at one of those positions and/or play in a league with 15-20 teams, check if Brock Holt (49.8%) is available: he is providing about 50% more fantasy points than Castellanos, and he is eligible at RF in addition to LF and 3B.