Opportunity knocking for Matt Adams? 

July, 12, 2013

On Thursday morning, a trusted ESPN colleague outside of the fantasy department emailed me about young St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Adams, asking whether he was worth owning moving forward. My answer was simple: If Adams played regularly, he’d be attractive for all formats, but as of Thursday morning, he wasn’t playing regularly. Of course, that should have been a harbinger right there, and knowing timing is everything (sorry, pal!), on Thursday night everything potentially changed. Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday pulled up lame running to first base in the fourth inning with right hamstring tightness, which could be the break Adams and his eager owners needed.

As of now, it’s still a bit speculative that Holliday will miss major time, but it’s not a bad idea to stash Adams -- even in shallow leagues, frankly -- just in case. The Cardinals don’t seem to have any concerns about using Allen Craig in left field, and Adams is capable enough at first base. And he can rake. Like 30 home runs in 500 at-bats rake. Expert predictor Bill James, in his preseason handbook, gave Holliday, Craig and Adams all 27 home runs for 2013. It’s also true that outfielder Oscar Taveras, the organization’s top prospect, has a massive future as a slugger as well and fantasy owners are eager for his arrival, but he’s still recovering from a high-ankle sprain and hasn’t played for Triple-A Memphis in a few weeks. I doubt he gets the call to the majors any time soon. After all, he’s only 21.