Padres CF Manuel Margot
Has started to turn the corner last 14 days to the tune of a .405/.450./.595 slash rate. Margot hasn’t stolen a base in that time period. I would be surprised if Margot didn’t start to swipe a few bags sooner rather than later. Buy low period may be closing soon. Owned in 14.6% of ESPN and 28% of Yahoo leagues. Faces the Rangers on the road and the Pirates at home this matchup.
Blue Jays DH 1B Kendrys Morales
.333/.384/.538 slash rate the last 28 days. The talk of a release to bring up Vlad Jr. was a bit premature. Owned in 6.6% of ESPN and 14% of Yahoo leagues. Faces the Astros and Tigers this matchup. Tigers have a team ERA of 4.45. Morales owns are career .316 avg. against Wednesday’s starter Dallas Keuchel.
Pirates SP Jameson Taillon
2 road starts this week Monday with the Mets and Sunday against the Padres. The Mets are batting .239 as a team vs. Right-handers while the Padres check in at .235. Taillon is inconsistent, but these are exploitable matchups. Taillon is owned in 57.5% of ESPN and 76% of Yahoo 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.