4 home games with the Diamondbacks followed by 3 on the road with the Cardinals. .321/.404/.449 slash rate the last 28 days. Career averages vs. Diamondbacks and Cardinals .213/.231 aren’t in Heyward’s favor, but I’d ride this hot streak. Owned in 39.4% of ESPN and 28% of Yahoo leagues.
Rays 2B/OF Joey Wendle
.343./.400/.567 slash rate over the last 28 days. The Rays are competitive, but could be in sell mode at the deadline. Wendle can help daily fantasy players with his multiple position eligibility. Owned in 11.5% of ESPN and 6% of Yahoo leagues.
Mets RP/SP Robert Gsellman
Expected to take over the closer’s role with Familia traded to Oakland. Gsellman is owned in 18.1% of ESPN and 29% of Yahoo leagues. The Mets are terrible and should let this 24-yr-old pitcher see what he can do. Owners that ride the closer carousel may want to make a claim for Gsellman. I own him in 2 of 4 leagues.
5 steals and .367 OBP in the last 14 days. Takes on the White Sox at home for 3, then on the road for 3 vs. the Cubs. DFS players may want to take note Peraza, owns a career .450 batting avg. in 20 AB against Sunday starter Jon Lester. Owned in 48.9% of ESPN and 56% of Yahoo leagues.
Cubs OF Jason Heyward
Will never be able to live up to the contract, but is still a very good baseball player. .375 OBP in the last 28 days. Owned in 19.7% of ESPN and 15% of Yahoo leagues. I picked him up in a weekly league in search of outfield production. Home all week with 2 games vs. the Tigers and 3 against the Reds.
White Sox OF Avisail Garcia
Owned in 13.8% of ESPN and 24% of Yahoo leagues. 9-game hitting streak since coming off the DL. The White Sox in rebuild mode have every incentive to build up Garcia’s trade value. Garcia can be a free agent in 2020 which could net the Sox more in trade because he’s not just a rental. Fantasy players should ride the hot streak with Avisail and be prepared for him to change uniforms. I drafted him cheap and stashed on a DL spot.
Rays SP Nathan Eovaldi
2-road starts this week on Monday vs. the Marlins and Sunday against the Mets. Owned in 11.5% of ESPN and 18% of Yahoo leagues. These are matchup plays as the Marlins as a team are batting .239 and the Mets slump in at .231. Going against the 2 worst teams in the National League could be fantasy gold.
1.035 OPS in last 7 days. His average for the year is up to .297. Owners that got burned last year should take notice. This season Heyward is hitting .324 away from the Friendly Confines. Career numbers in Pittsburgh and in Boston (on a smaller scale) support having Heyward in your lineups this week. Heyward is available in over 65% for leagues.
White Sox OF Avisail Garcia
Matchups are home vs. the Royals this week and a road series with the Tigers. I really like the matchups this week as the Sox Face 3 LHP this week, along with SP Jordan Zimmerman, who appears to have completely lost it this season. Garcia has a 1.455 OPS vs. Left-Handed Starters so far this season. The .136 avg in the last 7 days shouldn’t deter owners from using Garcia this week. Available in over 30% of leagues.
Yankees SP/RP Luis Severino
2 starts this week vs. the Red Sox on Tuesday in Boston and Sunday home matchup with the Orioles. 27 K 2 BB so far this season in 3 starts. The 0.800 WHIP is unsustainable, but Severino may have turned the corner this season. Its worth finding out if he has. Severino is available in roughly 45% of leagues.
Here’s a list of the trades made during the Braves rebuild.
11/17/14 St. Louis Cardinals traded RHP Shelby Miller and RHP Tyrell Jenkins to Atlanta Braves for RF Jason Heyward and RHP Jordan Walden. Jenkins is clubs 7th rated prospect.
12/19/14 Atlanta Braves traded LF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft to San Diego Padres for 2B Jace Peterson, LHP Max Fried, 3B Dustin Peterson and CF Mallex Smith.
Fried is 9th rated prospect, Smith is 17th, Dustin Peterson is 19th. Jace Peterson projected starting 2b for 2016.
1/1/15 Atlanta Braves traded LHP Chasen Shreve and RHP David Carpenter to New York Yankees for LHP Manny Banuelos. 8th rated prospect.
1/14/15 Atlanta Braves traded DH Evan Gattis and RHP James Hoyt to Houston Astros for RHP Mike Foltynewicz, 3B Rio Ruiz and RHP Andrew Thurman. Ruiz is 12th rated prospect.
1/30/15 Atlanta Braves traded RHP David Hale and RHP Gus Schlosser to Colorado Rockies for C Jose Briceno and C Chris O’Dowd.
4/3/15 Arizona Diamondbacks traded cash and RHP Trevor Cahill to Atlanta Braves for LF Josh Elander.
4/5/15 Atlanta Braves traded RHP Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. to San Diego Padres for CF Cameron Maybin, LF Carlos Quentin, LF Jordan Paroubeck and RHP Matt Wisler. Wisler is in Rotation. Paroubeck later moved to Dodgers with Caleb Dirks for Final International slot.
5/27/15 Los Angeles Dodgers traded 3B Juan Uribe and RHP Chris Withrow to Atlanta Braves for 3B Alberto Callaspo, LHP Eric Stults, LHP Ian Thomas and RHP Juan Jaime.
6/20/15 Arizona Diamondbacks traded RHP Bronson Arroyo and RHP Touki Toussaint to Atlanta Braves for 3B Phil Gosselin. Toussaint is 5th rated prospect.
7/24/15 New York Mets traded RHP John Gant and RHP Rob Whalen to Atlanta Braves for 3B Juan Uribe, LF Kelly Johnson and cash. Whalen and Gant are 26th and 27th ranked prospects in organization.
7/30/15 Atlanta Braves traded LHP Alex Wood, RHP Jim Johnson, LHP Luis Avilan, 2B Jose Peraza, RHP Bronson Arroyo and cash to Los Angeles Dodgers for 2B Hector Olivera, LHP Paco Rodriguez and RHP Zack Bird. Olivera is projected starting left fielder for 2016. Bird is 16th ranked prospect.
8/7/15 Atlanta Braves traded 3B Chris Johnson to Cleveland Indians for CF Michael Bourn, LF Nick Swisher and cash. salary dump.
8/31/15 Atlanta Braves traded cash and LF Jonny Gomes to Kansas City Royals for SS Luis Valenzuela.
11/12/15 Atlanta Braves traded SS Andrelton Simmons and C Jose Briceno to Los Angeles Angels for SS Erick Aybar, LHP Sean Newcomb, RHP Christopher Ellis and cash. Newcomb is 2nd ranked prospect in organization. Ellis is 11th ranked prospect.
11/20/15 Atlanta Braves traded CF Cameron Maybin to Detroit Tigers for LHP Ian Krol and LHP Gabe Speier. Speier is used in future trade with Diamondbacks.
12/9/15 Atlanta Braves traded RHP Shelby Miller and LHP Gabe Speier to Arizona Diamondbacks for RF Ender Inciarte, RHP Aaron Blair and SS Dansby Swanson. don’t have to pay Swanson the 8.5 million dollar signing bonus as number 1 overall pick. Swanson top ranked prospect in organization. Blair is 4th ranked prospect in organization. Inciarte projected starting CF in 2016.
14 of organizations top 30 prospects acquired in trades. Projected starters at 2B, LF, CF for 2016 acquired as well.