Can you believe it’s almost the All Star Break? Seems like just yesterday we were drafting teams and gearing up for the season. Hopefully, you managed to grab a few of the Fantasy All Stars in your drafts or made some hot wavier adds. Fear not for there are always more spicy names to grab that provide just the boost your squad is missing. So let’s punch this Popsicle and see who’s riding a hot streak. It’s always a smart decision to check for guys such as Michael Harris II – Most likely rostered, hopefully by you, but according to ESPN he’s still available in about 40% of leagues. That’s way too many but it probably means that those leagues have given up on the season. Either way, if he’s out there, grab him now.
Ramon Laureano – His batting average isn’t pretty but the power has been nice to see. The window to add him hasn’t closed yet and he’s worth a pickup unless you’re in a super shallow league. His numbers should continue to climb so don’t be too put off by his stats. Even with the low average, he’s still piling up points.
Yandy Diaz – Yandy is a batting average first kind of guy with not much power or speed. His .303 average is right in line with what we can expect from him for the rest of the season. You can forgive the lack of home runs because he has 81 hits and 48 walks against only 33 punchouts. There’s definitely some solid appeal for a guy like that on your roster especially one eligible at both corner infield spots.
Harold Ramirez – Yandy’s teammate has also been hot the past couple weeks, batting over .400. His season average is mighty fine too, sitting at .333. That production has propelled him into a regular spot in the order. While he’s this hot he has a place in your lineup as well. He won’t keep up his blistering June and early July but advanced stats say he’s earned his season line. That gives me hope that he can still have value when he cools.
Josh Rojas – If you’re in need of some roster flexibility, Rojas could be just the man for the job. He can slot in at shortstop, second base, third base, and outfield. Not a big home run guy, but he does have 7 doubles over the past couple weeks. Daily leagues maximize his value due to his eligibility but he makes for a good depth piece no matter the format.
Daniel Vogelbach – The big man can’t hit for a great average (.238) but he can mash (12), especially against right-handed pitching. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get much run against lefties although with the way he has struggled at times it makes sense that the Pirates would platoon him. Weekly leagues probably have better options but he’s in play for daily.
Matt Carpenter – When plays this season, the results have been incredible. In only 64 at bats he’s swatted 10 bombs. The home runs are great but the playing time figures to be a concern going forward. The Yankees have a loaded lineup and that doesn’t always leave room for Carp’s bat.
Steven Kwan – He’s baaack and I’m here for it. His average is back up to .285 and he’s batting .400 over the past seven days. That’s the guy we were all infatuated with in April. He still doesn’t really strike out and isn’t afraid to take a free pass. You absolutely want his potential in deep leagues and I’d be looking to grab him in shallower leagues as well since he looks to be returning to his early season form.
Leody Taveras – He’s racking up points primarily thanks to his delectable .329 batting average. With only 70 at bats, it’s still not a huge sample size. However, the early returns have been encouraging. He’s still young and came with a 50 power grade as a prospect. That hasn’t manifested quite yet but again, he’s only 23. He has value everywhere while he’s batting .470 like he did this past week. Obviously, that won’t hold. Deep league play for now and if the power ticks up I’d want him in shallower leagues as well.
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