Fantasy Baseball: Grab Bag

by Joe Bond
By: Joe Bond

We are one week away from the halfway point and there is a real lack of solid free agent additions that haven’t already been mentioned in recent articles.  Even most of the players we’ve mentioned before are either owned in the majority of leagues now or their production has dropped off enough that they are no longer worth owning.  Because of this lack of quality players owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues, I’m going to include a couple of guys above that mark, but in my opinion, still not owned in enough leagues.

Rajai Davis (OF - Tor) - Davis is my top pick-up for this week, and I’m recommending him even though he is owned in over 50% of leagues.  He is usually a platoon player in the Blue Jays outfield, but with Melky Cabrera on the DL for at least another week and a half, he will see regular playing time.  So far in Cabrera’s place, Davis has hit for a .368 average, scored 5 runs and stolen 7 bases in six games.  Keep in mind this could is likely a temporary pickup, since it sounds like Melky will be ready to return from the DL as soon as he is eligible, either way if you need a boost in runs and stolen bases look no further.  

Rickie Weeks (2B - Mil) - Rickie Weeks was in jeopardy of losing his job after the terrible start he had to the season, so much so that the Brewers brought up Scooter Gennett and had the two splitting time at second base.  Since Gennett was called up Weeks answered by going 23-66 (.348), scored 11 runs, hit 6 home runs and 10 RBI in the last month.  Yes the runs and RBI are a bit low, but he has turned around his miserable season around enough that he made the Brewers send Gennett back to the minors, and is now worth owning in all leagues again.

J.B. Shuck (OF - LAA) - Just like Davis, Shuck can help you out temporarily while Peter Bourjos is on the DL, which is supposed to be 2-3 weeks.  Shuck has played well over the last 9 games, mostly filling in for Bourjos, hitting for a .361 average with 7 RBI, 8 runs and stealing 2 bases.  He is only owned in 1.2% of leagues, so if Davis and Weeks aren’t available, then Shuck should be there for you to grab if you need help.

Brad Miller (SS - Sea) - Miller was just called up by the Mariners this past Sunday and is expected to get the start at shortstop everyday.  He played well in the minors this season batting .319 with 12 home runs, 53 runs and 53 RBI in just 68 games.  In deeper leagues or AL-onlys he is definitely worth owning, especially with how weak the shortstop positions is.  In standard leagues, he is worth keeping an eye on to see if he can repeat his success from the minors in the majors.

Jeremy Hellickson (SP - TB) - Hellickson has seemed to turn his season around in his last three starts, allowing only three runs total in those starts.  He has also won each of those games against some formidable opponents, Boston, Toronto and Detroit.  His season ERA and WHIP is not great, but hopefully these last three games is a sign of things to come for Hellickson.  If he was dropped in your league and still available, I would go get him now.  

Tony Cingrani (SP - Cin) - With Johnny Cueto back on the DL, likely for 5-6 weeks, Cingrani has been put back into the rotation.  When he was called up earlier this season he did very well, with a 3.15 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and a 3-0 record.  He also added 46 strikeout in his 49 innings pitched.  I would run out and pick up Cingrani now if he is still available in your league.

Jacob Turner (SP - Mia) - A once top prospect in the Tiger organization, Turner is now pitching for Miami and pitching very very well.  Since his call up in late May he has six starts, posting a fantastic 1.76 ERA and 1.10 WHIP.  The strikeouts and wins are a bit low with 27 and 2, but with the way he has pitched he is worth a look in all leagues, just don’t expect a lot of wins out of him since he pitches for Miami.

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