As we say goodbye to May and hello to June, it is officially the summer.
For many of the country, it feels like we went right from winter to summer because spring was certainly not a normal one. As the NBA Finals and the NHL Finals are finishing up in the next week or so, it is time to focus on the real boys of summer and that’s those of baseball.
Usually, they say as the weather heats up, so do the types of performances we see in baseball. It is hard to argue this type of statement, but we have seen some great baseball thus far. In this week’s waiver wire, here are some players that seem to be having it going on early in June to help you throughout the summer.
2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Waiver Wire
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Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies (34% owned in Yahoo)
Gonzalez was probably originally drafted in most mixed leagues, but quickly thrown back in the muck after a few weeks of not doing anything. Well, guess what?! He’s back! A guy who was a top ten pick not too long ago has really been changing it around these past two weeks. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to try and get your swing back in the Rockies.
I love that he is relevant again. I am a huge Gonzalez fan and am glad he is producing right now. In the past fourteen days, he is hitting .412 with an OBP of .444. His other numbers include five runs, two home runs, nine RBI, and one stolen base. With David Dahl now out of the picture, it looks like Gonzalez is going to be more of a fixture in the Rockies lineup.
Jon Jay, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (17% owned in Yahoo)
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Jay was recently traded to the Diamondbacks for two pitchers. He played well for the Royals in the 59 games he played in for them. He should have more of a chance of playing a predominant role in the outfield for Arizona. Injuries are a real concern for the team right now and Jay fills a nice hole for them.
It looks like the Diamondbacks are using Jay at the top of their lineup early in the acquisition of the new outfielder. The veteran has a lot of experience and he is showing it as of late in a lineup that was not producing to its level. In the past two weeks, in 54 at-bats, he has compiled ten runs, one home run (not really known for power, but can be sneaky), six RBI, and two stolen bases. He is going to get on base and be very helpful for those who pick him up.
Frankie Montas, SP, Oakland Athletics (19% owned in Yahoo)
I will admit it when something good is happening for one of my teams but I needed to take a chance on pitching and picked up Montas when they recalled him on May 27th. He quickly rewarded me with a dominating performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Montas held them to one run over six innings getting both the win and a quality start. Sometimes you need to take chances in fantasy and this one paid off for me thus far.
Montas backed up his first performance with another nice outing against the Royals. This time he went eight innings, only striking out two batters, did not issue a walk, and kept the batters uneasy all night long. He will look to repeat his performance as he will take on the Royals again on Thursday night.
Mike Leake, SP, Seattle Mariners (16% owned in Yahoo)
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Yea I know, it’s hard to believe that he is still pitching. Since his horrible start against the Rangers on May 15th, Leake seems to be finding a nice groove as of lately. In his last three starts, he has gone at least 6.2 innings in each, has a quality start in all, and has held his WHIP to 0.90 or under. During this time, he has lowered his ERA from 6.00 to 4.71. He won’t strikeout a lot of batters, as he just got his season high of eight on his last start, but he will give you a serviceable start as he takes the mound these days.
These are players who are better suited to be owned in 14-plus team leagues or deeper roster leagues.
Charlie Culberson, 3B/SS/OF, Atlanta Braves (1% owned in Yahoo)
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I figured this week I would really go for a reach this time. Culberson currently has a seven-game hitting streak in games that he has played in. For the Braves, he seems to be a mix and match type of player but is a guy that is taking full advantage of what type of playing time he is given.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and maybe this is it for him. The Dansby Swanson look-a-like is hitting .355 with an OBP of .375 in the past two weeks in 31 plate appearances. He is basically available in any type of league.
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