At this point in the season, sometimes it is hard to trust some of the players on your team. Do I play them or do I keep them is a question I often say to myself. Some players are good enough because of the type of name they carry with them. Sometimes it is just better to let them go and trust me on a few pickups that are worth a chance.
I read a quote one time saying “Never Doubt your Instinct,” which is so true. I will often ask other fantasy experts who I trust a question about my team and most of the time I will get a response of, well what do you think or what would you do? These are my instincts on certain players who I think you should trust.
2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Waiver Wire
Mike Zunino, C, Seattle Mariners (14% owned in Yahoo)
The catcher’s position is always a tough one in fantasy. If you play fantasy football, the catcher position reminds me of the kicker one. Usually a position I pick last, this is my first time talking about a catcher all year. Before laying out the facts, I approve my Zunino pick up in more of a two catcher league.
Zunino has been on the radar since he broke into the league in 2013. Since then, he has had weak at-bats in the majors, but his defense has allowed him to jump back and forth from Triple-A to the majors. In the past two weeks, he has flourished at the plate. He is hitting .400 with eight runs, four home runs and 17 RBI. Now mind you, he does still strike out a lot. In the past 18 games, he has struck out 28 times.
Zunino can be a streaky hitter, so it is hard to trust him. He has always hit for low average, but that sense of power sometimes outweighs it. For now, I would trust him to be in your lineup.
FAAB Bid: 1-2%
Matt Adams, 1B/OF, Atlanta Braves (18% owned in Yahoo)
Ever since the Freddie Freeman injury, the Braves needed to make an instant move and they acquired Matt Adams from the Cardinals. The Cardinals could afford this loss because of how versatile their lineup can be and the Braves needed to make this move in order to keep their first base production afloat.
Adams has been a .240 hitter for the past two seasons. Entering Wednesday night, he is hitting over .280 and is hitting now in Atlanta which is hitter-friendly. On Monday night he went three for four with two home runs, four RBI and three runs. Stephen Strasburg was the starter for the Nationals against Adams that night. Adams is currently hitting .282 with nine home runs and 26 RBI. He has only hit .280 twice in his career. I think he can continue this for the remainder of the year.
I feel that in the end, the decision to get rid of Adams by the Cardinals was a win-win for both ball clubs. You don’t make the same decision but to be able to pick him up. If you are lacking power in one of the more power driven positions, Adams is available in many leagues to supply that muscle for your team. He should be owned in all leagues.
FAAB Bid: 5-7%
Mike Fiers, SP, Houston Astros (13% owned in Yahoo)
A little over two weeks ago, Fiers was placed back into the rotation because of Charlie Morton having to go onto the 10-day DL. This injury may be lucky for Fiers, but he certainly has taken his chance and pitched very well in doing so.
In the past 14 days, he pitched 12.1 innings had two wins with 12 Ks and had a quality start. His ERA for these two starts was 1.46 and his WHIP was 0.97. Since May 20th, he has not lost a ball game. I think he wants to try to keep his job in the rotation.
Now with Dallas Keuchel on the DL, this is a clear window for Fiers to continue to establish himself on the mound. He has only allowed four runs in his last three starts and has posted a 20:6 K:BB ratio during this time. I do trust him especially with the type of ball club he is playing for. More than likely he will be picking up a win that day because of how well he is pitching and how well the Astros are hitting the ball. Trust me.
FAAB Bid: <1%
Jordan Montgomery, SP, New York Yankees (35% owned in Yahoo)
Montgomery is coming off a spectacular start against the Orioles last Friday night. He pitched seven innings giving up two runs and earning the win. He struck out eight batters and his control is going to get better as the year goes on. My concern with him is if the Yankees are going to control his innings as the year progresses because of it being his first full year up in the big leagues.
Montgomery is mainly a fly ball pitcher, which can be hurtful for his ERA especially in Yankee Stadium. Many sites that I am reading are saying that he is a streaming option right now. I would have to disagree. I think I would trust him starting for my team. He will look to keep his nice streak going against Oakland on Thursday night.
For as poor as Tanaka is doing, I do not know how the Yankees keep it in the back of their minds to keep Montgomery on the pitching hill. His start seems to be overshadowed by another big star right now for the Yankees. Because of how well Aaron Judge is doing in the big Apple, Montgomery’s story is still a successful one for being a rookie.
FAAB Bid: 5-8%