Twins OF Byron Buxton
2 Home Runs 5 RBI and 2 Steals in the last 7 days. Buxton is available in 69% of fantasy baseball leagues. Buxton has 8 road games this week 5 vs. the White Sox and 3 with the Blue Jays. The White Sox have allowed the most steals in all of baseball with 95, while the Blue Jays have allowed the 4th most with 82. Buxton should be off to the races with 8 games this scoring period.
Phillies 1B/OF Rhys Hoskins
4 Dongs and 8 RBI since getting called up Aug 10th. Hoskins is an elite power threat that should get plenty of AB for the Phillies as the season winds down. Hoskins has 7 home games this week 4 with the Marlins and 3 against the Cubs. The Marlins and Cubs both have team ERA’s over 4.40 vs. right-handed hitters. Hoskins is available in over 80% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Rangers SP Martin Perez
Streaming option this week on Thursday vs. the Angels. Owns a career 2-4 record and 3.53 ERA vs. the Halos. The Angels have won 8 out of their last 10 games. The Angels have struggled vs. Lefties this season to the tune of a .233 clip. Perez is available in 92% of fantasy baseball leagues.
A’s 3B Matt Chapman
Hitting .400 this month with 6 walks and 6 RBI. Chapman is available in 92% of fantasy baseball leagues. Faces the Mariners and Orioles who allow a .280 avg. vs. right-handed hitters. I picked him up in a keeper league with a wait and see approach.
Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong
.296/.383/.426 slash rate this season. Has hit at a .385 clip to start the month of August. Takes on the Royals and Braves in this week’s matchup. Braves have a 4.28 ERA vs. left-handed hitters this season.
Rays RP Tommy Hunter
Six straight scoreless appearances. Has a Win and 3 Holds in his last 4 appearances. Hunter has worked his way into more high leverage situations. Available in 95% of fantasy baseball leagues. I picked up Hunter in a daily categories league that scores Holds.
Astros 3B/SS Alex Bregman
.325 avg 10 runs scored in last 15 days. Bregman has picked up SS eligibility in some leagues adding versatility. 7 home games this week with 4 vs. the Rays and 3 against the Blue Jays. Toronto pitchers have a 5.10 ERA and allowed 93 ding-dongs vs. right-handed hitters this season. This young hitter is available in roughly 35% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Cardinals 2B/SS/3B Paul DeJong
.333/.385/.583 slash rate the last 7 days. Plays in a 3-game set on the road against Milwaukee and a 4-game matchup in Cincinnati. Multiple position eligibility and solid OBP should help fantasy owners down the stretch. DeJong is available in roughly 40% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Cardinals RP Trevor Rosenthal
14.36 K/9 this season. Rosenthal in the last 30 days has 17 K and seems to have taken back the closers role from Seung Hwan Oh. Rosenthal is available in over 75% of fantasy baseball leagues.
White Sox 2B/3B Yoan Moncada
4 games with the Cubs and 3 with the Tribe this week. The .111 batting average doesn’t bother me too much since Moncada has only struck out once. Moncada is available in over 50% of fantasy baseball leagues. Moncada offers a dynamic power/speed combo with soon to be multiple position eligibility. Be ahead of the curve get Moncada in your lineups.
Phillies OF Nick Williams
Home matchups with the Astros and Braves this week. Williams is a high-end prospect the Phillies acquired as part of the Cole Hamels trade. Has a .963 OPS so far this season. 17K to 4 BB is a concern, but Williams should still be able to play with Kendrick and Altherr returning soon. Williams is available in 86% percent of fantasy baseball leagues.
Nationals RP Sean Doolittle
Has recorded 2 Saves in 3 appearances so far for the Nats. Dootlitte seems to be the early choice for Saves in DC. This hard throwing southpaw is available in nearly 75% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Pirates OF Starling Marte
Returns July 18th from 80-game PED suspension. Marte’s power speed combo should help owners down the stretch run. I was able to snag Marte in 2 of my 5 leagues. Available in nearly 30% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Cubs C/OF Kyle Schwarber
This week Schwarber will blast off. High Team ERA’s vs. Lefties for the Orioles 4.95, Braves 4.48, and Cardinals 4.64) The Cardinals have allowed the 3rd most home runs to left-handed batters with 57. I was able to pick Schwarber up in 1 of my 5 fantasy leagues and quickly rejected a trade offer. This C/OF is available in 16% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Cubs SP Jose Quintana
Moving to a better club in the same city should help Quintana make the adjustment to getting traded. Quintana is available in 14% of leagues and should be a high claim in NL Only leagues.
Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez
Returns from the DL this week to gravy train matchups at home vs. the Reds and White Sox. The Reds have the worst team ERA on the road at 5.92, while the White Sox are a little better at 4.63. Gonzalez is batting just .221 so far this season, but career numbers may show an uptick is on the horizon. Car Go’s career batting average of .311 in July is his highest in any month of the season. I made the waiver claim this past weekend. Car Go is available in roughly 20% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Padres OF Manuel Margot
Has returned to the tune of a .435 clip since coming off the DL with a calf injury. I made the claims for Margot in 2 of my 5 leagues because I desperately need to improve my team speed. With 9 stolen bases and 6 times caught so far Margot needs to improve on the base paths. On a club that’s already 20 games out of first-place he may get the chance. Margot is available in roughly 80% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Mets SP Steven Matz
2 road starts this week vs. the Nationals on Monday and the Cardinals on Sunday. Matz has abandoned his Slider to save stress on his elbow. Matz may lack a bit of swing and miss stuff without the slider, but is still talented enough to get out hitters. Has gone 6 or more in each of his 4 starts this season. I was able to pick up Matz in 1 of my 5 leagues. The power lefty is available in roughly 20% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Rangers OF Carlos Gomez
Slash rate of .294/.351/.853 in last 14 days. The Rangers have depth on their roster, but with Gomez on a hot streak look for him to not have to surrender at-bats. On the road this week vs. the Indians and White Sox. Despite low career batting averages in Cleveland (.244) and Chicago (.188) I would recommend rolling with Gomez this week. I picked Gomez off waivers in 2 leagues for this week. Gomez is available in roughly 45% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Nationals OF Michael Taylor
.351/.368/.865 slash rate the last 14 days for the Nationals Center Fielder. Takes on the Cubs at home and the Cardinals on the road this week. Taylor is available in 90% of fantasy baseball leagues. I’m using him this week in a daily categories league.
Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ
.231 opponent’s batting average in last 14 days. Happ has a 49K/7BB so far this season. Happ has been more consistent in recent starts. Owned in nearly 45% of fantasy baseball leagues.
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.