Bits: Derek Jeter not a wise buy-low option


&#8226 New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter came off the DL on Monday and went hitless in four at-bats. Jeter, who dropped to 96.9 percent owned (from 100 percent) during his DL stint, is hitting .256 as fantasy's No. 22 shortstop. He should approach the top 10, but Jeter is not a wise buy-low option.

&#8226 Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas and hit three doubles in his first game back, knocking in two runs. Snider hasn't hit much for Toronto this season, but should play regularly (Juan Rivera was released), and comes recommended for all leagues deeper than 10 teams.

&#8226 St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter tossed eight shutout innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, winning for the third consecutive start. Of course, that gives him four wins in 18 starts. Carpenter has allowed two runs in his past 24 innings. He's carried fantasy teams before, and you've probably run out of time to acquire him cheap.

&#8226 Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vance Worley allowed two hits in seven shutout innings in Florida on Monday, the fourth consecutive outing he's allowed one run or none. Worley (4-1) was demoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after the game, but don't read into that; he'll return to the rotation post-All-Star break, and is worth using in deep leagues.

&#8226 Minnesota Twins third baseman Danny Valencia smacked his 10th home run Monday, and has nine RBIs in four July games, upping his pace to 88 for the season. He's owned in only 4.1 percent of leagues. Valencia has been productive despite a low batting average (.236), but that average has been rising; it was .218 when June ended.

&#8226 Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman homered twice Monday, giving him 11 for the season, and raised his batting average to .272. Freeman, hitting cleanup at age 21, is still maturing, but showing progress; he's fanned in only two of his past seven games, and he's on pace for 20 home runs. He's owned in roughly half of ESPN's leagues.