This week’s most added fantasy player, Cleveland Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin (51.5% owned; +33.1% over the past week), isn’t like the majority of the most popular fantasy players to be plucked off of the waiver wire throughout the course of the MLB regular season. Despite being a mid-first round pick out of Texas A&M in the 2012 MLB draft, he was never really considered to be a top prospect. His skillset and minor league statistics suggested that he was likely to have a Gerardo Parra type of career in the majors, meaning that he fit the high floor, low ceiling mold rather than that of a true difference maker. Despite the blistering offensive start to his MLB career (.321/.380/.626 slash line), Naquin has been buried in the bottom third of the lineup for 193 of his 207 plate appearances this season. It seems as though his own team has been as slow to embrace him as the fantasy community. For those of you who are familiar with the X-Men franchise, he kind of reminds me of the Bobby Drake character, who’s also known as “Iceman.” Iceman isn’t one of the leaders of the group, nor is the most powerful mutant in the bunch. He’s one of the younger, newer members who just does his job without much fanfare. When in pressure situations, Naquin has proven to be one cool customer as well (1.094 OPS with men on base; .984 OPS in “high leverage” situations). Plus, since the Iceman had a bit of a romantic dalliance with the Rogue in the early X-Men films, there’s the obvious Naquin/Paquin connection to be made. I already discussed Naquin a couple of weeks ago here, so be sure to add him if he’s still hanging around on your waiver wire.

Here are a few other interesting adds/drops in fantasy baseball over the past week:

Blake Snell: 31.6% owned; +15.2%

It’s been quite a roller coaster ride for the talented young Snell during his rookie season with the Tampa Bay Rays. In his four starts from June 16th through July 2nd, Snell had all kinds of control issues, walking 14 batters in just 20.2 innings of work (6.10 BB/9). His 1.98 WHIP over that span isn’t exactly what his fantasy owners envisioned for the top prospect entering this season, and his 5.8% SwStr% and .361 BABIP indicate that he wasn’t fooling anyone early on. Over his last three starts, however, Snell has turned things around in a big way. He’s walked just 7 batters in 18.2 IP (3.38 BB/9) while striking out over hitter an inning (9.64 K/9) and generating tons of swings and misses (12.5% SwStr%). His 1.93 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over this span are more in line with his immense talent. It’s worth noting that the 23-year-old Snell is rapidly approaching the number of innings that he threw last season in the minor leagues, and the Rays have no reason to push him too hard down the stretch since they’re out of contention this year. Forty of the Rays remaining sixty-three games are against their treacherous AL East opponents as well. A half dozen more starts in mostly poor matchups means that it might not be wise to count on Snell down the stretch this year. TRASH.

Alex Bregman (35.3%; +17.3%) and David Dahl (10.8%; +8.4%)

The rookie nookie continues featuring the recent call-ups of two of the game’s best prospects. The 22-year-old Bregman has been tabbed to man the hot corner for the Astros after destroying Double A pitching to the tune of .297/.415/.559 in 62 games followed by a .333/.373/.641 line in 18 games at Triple A. Dahl managed to fill up the stat sheet in 76 games at Double A this season (53/13/45/16/.278) before putting up video game numbers in 16 Triple A games (.484/.529/.887). The 22-year-old Dahl might need the Rockies to move one of Charlie Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez in order to see regular playing time down the stretch, but all signs point to that being the case. If still available, add these players now. They have the potential to be huge difference makers over the next couple of months. TREASURES.

 
  1. CMUTimmah says:
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    Kepler, Naquin or Dahl in a points league?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @CMUTimmah: For the rest of this season? I’d probably give the nod to Kepler. Dahl is still blocked at the moment and Naquin’s K-rate hurts in that format.

  2. BERK! says:
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    Would you drop Grichuk to grab Dahl?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @BERK!: Yes. He might sit once more than Grichuk per week, but Coors Field…

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @BERK!: Agree with CMUTimmah. Dahl might play a bit less than Grichuk at first, but he’s likely to perform well when he does.

      • BERK! says:
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        @Big Magoo: thanks. To the waiver wire!

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @BERK!: No problem

      • hondo says:
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        @Big Magoo: Plus the Cards get Moss,Carp and Peralta back next week,ABs are about to get scarce.

        • Big Magoo

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          @hondo: Yup. It’s gonna get crowded pretty soon.

  3. recently grabbed Dahl. I own Snell Burger, do you expect them to cap him out once he reaches that arbitrary innings limit? I tried selling Ozuna hard during the break no bites. I dropped Mazara before the break and he is hitting gain with choo out would you take him or Ozuna or wait for David Peralta to get back of the last three two of them won’t be on my team

    • Big Magoo

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      @Dnut Eastwood: Snell hasn’t thrown a ton of innings in his career, so it makes sense that the Rays would monitor his workload down the stretch. I expect 6-7 more starts from him. Mazara and Ozuna bring roughly the same thing to the table, so I’d go with the hot hand, which is Mazara at the moment.

      • @Big Magoo: yeah I’ve tried to get rid of Ozuna a month ago my opponents is of seen the writing on the wall… just spent my 10 dolla free play at the luxurious catfish bend casino. wish they had DFS LEAGUES per batter I could of been a contender. … damn I miss Tahoe at least you can walk outside and enjoy the view

        • Big Magoo

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          @Dnut Eastwood: The catfish bend. Nice! You’ll be fine with either Mazara or Ozuna. Should provide similar value.

  4. Chin Music says:
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    Puig was just dropped in my league. Drop Dahl to pick him up?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Chin Music: I’d take Dahl over Puig at this point. Puig is banged up and hasn’t been all that productive since 2014.

  5. J-FOH says:
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    I was hoping to read a “when I scouted Naquin in spring training” line.

    • Big Magoo

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      @J-FOH: Yeah, but how much stock can you put into one ST game against (mostly) Brewers minor leaguers?

      • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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        @Big Magoo: yeah but they don’t know that. It was one of those sitting back and putting your hand in your waisteband moments.

  6. Greg says:
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    Cool info…I was thinking of picking up Snell and have Bregman (thanks Ralphie)….so what is your take on DeLeon (trash/treasure) and Bundy? :)

    Oh, searched the site, but could not find a main email contact address. I have a “business-related” issue I wanted to run by Grey or whoever….can you direct me to the right source? Longtime reader/poster/fan here…..

    • Big Magoo

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      @Greg: DeLeon will be a matchup play when/if he gets called up this year. Definitely has great stuff though. Ditto for Bundy. He’s in a tough park and division.

      You could try emailing Grey or Rudy at their razzball.com accounts ([email protected] and [email protected]). Good luck!

  7. HeavyD the Overweight Lover says:
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    12 h2h points. My Archer and either Ellsbury or Gardner for S. Gray and Trumbo. Don’t need categories or ratios, just the points from the expected better 2nd half pair…

    • Big Magoo

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      @HeavyD the Overweight Lover: I’d hold there. The gap between Archer and Gray is bigger than the one between the hitters in that format, especially when taking Trumbo’s K-rate into account.

  8. blevins says:
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    Drop Jupton for Gallo or Kepler?

    • Big Magoo

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      @blevins: I’d hold Upton. If he gets hot, he should outperform the other guys.

      • blevins says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        Thanks!

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @blevins: No problem

  9. Evan K says:
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    Who you like going forward…Dee Gordon or J Profar?? Points league

    • Big Magoo

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      @Evan K: Gordon. Even without the extra “help,” he should be solid going forward.

  10. Adam says:
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    Would u drop piscotty to pick up Gallo or Dahl??

    • Big Magoo

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      @Adam: Nope. Definitely hold Piscotty there.

  11. Adam says:
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    Napoli or Piscotty ROS?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Adam: Piscotty. Not sure why you’d want to drop him. He’s a .290/25/7 guy with good counting stats and a likely top 75-80 player in fantasy.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Big Magoo: Piscotty was sooo under the radar to start the year somehow. I was booted from our draft lobby and was auto picked Kendrys in my points league, when I had planned on taking Vmart with one of the last picks to fill my Util. I ended up trading Morales for Piscotty (who was taken two rounds after) to a friend in the league, and my friend said he would trade me Morales back when I get sick of Victor….

        Well, I’m sick of Victor now, but he dropped Morales so I guess I’m SOL… lol

        • Big Magoo

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          @CMUTimmah: I managed to get Piscotty in a couple of leagues, but I wish it had been more. He’s been really solid. Anyway, it looks like you can just play schmotatoes at utility, but Victor should pick things back up.

  12. Rusty Arms says:
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    Waiver wire pickups. Who would you take? J Upton. Mazara. Saunders. And why. Thanks

    • Big Magoo

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      @Rusty Arms: In a vacuum, Mazara for upside. He has Upton’s power and hits in a solid lineup. Saunders if you’re looking for counting stats though. He hits cleanup in a terrific lineup against all pitchers now, and can more than hold his own against lefties.

      • Rusty Arms says:
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        @Big Magoo: thanks. The only concern I have for Saunders is platoon split now with the other upton heading over from San Diego.

        • Big Magoo

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          @Rusty Arms: The Upton factor is worth considering, but I don’t think it’ll affect Saunders too much. He’s one of the few left-handed hitters in that lineup and he’s actually hit left-handed pitching quite well this year (.287/.374/.628 in 107 PA).

  13. Big Perm says:
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    Alex Dickerson or Naquin ROS?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Big Perm: Naquin. Dickerson is likely to lose playing time with guys like Renfroe and Margot on the verge of being promoted.

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