Cardinals OF Dexter Fowler
1.286 OPS the last 2 weeks of play. Fowler is a streaky hitter that has flourished since moving into the 2 hole in the lineup. This week’s matchups are on the road vs. the Phillies and home vs. the Pirates. Fowler’s career numbers against these clubs validates being in lineups. Career .877 OPS vs. the Phillies and .804 against the Pirates. I’m planning to ride the hot streak in a weekly league where I’ve had injuries to my Outfield. Available in close to 40% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Braves 1B/OF Matt Adams
.992 OPS in the last month of play. Adams has flourished with everyday playing time in Atlanta. Home vs. the Giants and Brewers this week. Brewers have a 3.65 ERA vs. Left-Handed hitters this season while the Giants pitchers have a 4.72 ERA. Feel free to deploy Adams this week. Available in nearly 60% of fantasy baseball leagues. I picked him up in a daily categories league.
Rays SP Jacob Faria
I picked him up in a keeper league last week and in one of my daily leagues. The Milltown Motorboaters in another one of my leagues were ahead of the curve and made the claim. Faria was dealing at Triple A in 58 2/3 innings with a 3.07 ERA, 1.125 WHIP 84/22 K/BB. The success has translated to the Show with 3 wins in 3 starts so far. Faria has also struck out 5 or more in each start. Just one start this week against the Orioles on Friday. Available in nearly 30% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Phillies CF Odubel Herrera
.417/.421/.861 slash rate the last 14 days. Herrera is available in roughly 50 percent of fantasy baseball leagues due to the .183 batting average in May. I was able to pick up Herrera for $1 on a keeper league team. Herrera’s hot streak hopefully will help my struggling squad and provide another potential keeper option for next year.
Rays CF Mallex Smith
.417/.462/.667 slash rate the last 28 days. Smith has 7 steals so far this season. With Kevin Kiermaier out until August with a hip injury only Peter Bourjos stands in the way of Smith getting playing time. Smith was hitting .311 in Triple A this season with 16 steals. The organization is better off seeing what Smith can do. Fantasy owners looking for speed can find Smith available in 92% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Pirates RP Felipe Rivero
2-1, 2 Saves, 37K 0.56 ERA 0.76 WHIP. Rivero is a stronger bet for Saves than Nicasio going forward. Rivero is available in over 75 Percent of fantasy baseball leagues. Fortunately, I was able to grab Rivero off waivers.
Mariners C Mike Zunino
Is it possible the slash rate of .293/.356/.707 down of the farm can be translated to more success in Zunino’s return to the show? Possibly as evidenced by the .286/.316/.571 slash rate the last 14 days since returning from AAA. The 3rd overall pick in the 2012 Draft is a prime example of not bringing up prospects before they are ready. Zunino is still young enough at 26 to have an impactful career. Available in 99% of fantasy baseball leagues, Zunino may be worth a pickup in deeper or AL only leagues. I put in a claim this week in one of my leagues.
Royals 2B Whit Merrifield
.293/.349/.489 slash rate this season. Has been on fire to start the season. Merrifield transformed his body this offseason and is reaping the benefits. Still available in over 85% of fantasy baseball leagues. Added bonus is Merrifield has OF eligibility in some leagues. I’m a little late to the party, but put in a claim in a league Merrifield is still available.
Athletics SP Sean Manaea
3-1 record and 10.9 SO/9 since returning from the DL. 2 starts this week on Monday at home vs. the Blue Jays and a Saturday road tilt with the Rays. Available in roughly 50% of fantasy baseball leagues. I drafted Manaea late in a daily categories league.