What is up party people? The grind never ends and that’s what wins fantasy leagues. It’s mid May so we have about 6ish weeks of real games to pour over. By now your studs have started to separate themselves from the solid performers and guy or two that you want to poke with a stick to see if they’re even alive. Peep your roster, and see who’s hot and who’s not. Then replace your worst players with the guys below. Simple.

 

Kole Calhoun – Wow, what a week he posted with 3 bombs and a .450 average. That was basically all he’s done this season and his outburst only brought his average up to .229. He isn’t as bad as his first month might lead you to believe and hold some deeper league value. Could also be a fill-in guy while he’s scorching hot but sitting against lefties caps his upside.

Gary Sanchez – The 3 home runs are great but only 5 RBIs are disappointing. If only the Twins could get some help around him. Oh well, it’s not like they have a stud prospect they just sent back to AAA… but we can dream. Anyways, catcher is rough so his power and consistent playing time could be just what your team needs.

Luis Arraez – All he does is hit hit hit no matter what. Make it rain singles like you’re at the strip club. Even without a power game (he only has 1 home run on the season) getting on base that often adds up. Points leagues are where he’s at his best, what with him being a one-category wonder. If the rest of your league hasn’t caught on and overlooked him because of that, swoop in and scoop him up.

Christian Walker – Apparently this white Walker prefers summer to winter. Since the calendar flipped to May, he’s sporting a batting average over .300 and has already scored more points than he posted in April. There’s more to like as well, his xSLG of .642 puts him in the top 10. No doubt the hype around him will grow quickly so you’ll have to act fast if you want him on your squad.

Adolis Garcia – I liked him as late round flyer coming into the season and I still like his upside. I expect the power to show itself more as the weather heats up and that should be enough to make up for the low batting average and bajillion strikeouts. If you’re feeling frisky and looking to spice things up, Adolis is your man.

Brandon Drury – I’ve liked what I’ve seen from him this season, especially the home runs. He’s cooled a bit over the past week but his slash line is pretty close to his xStats and that’s encouraging. He should find his way into the lineup more often than not because he can play multiple positions and who else are the Reds gonna start?

Nick Pivetta – That’s three good starts in a row for him in which he posted 20 Ks with only 1 walk. I know it looks really good, but we’ve all been burned by him before. Prior to this run, his outings were far less impressive. Consult the robot before you plug him in.

Yusei Kikuchi – Overall he has put up solid numbers but he’s been real good over his last three starts. He’s not to the point of being an auto start every turn but I’d be comfortable starting him in a favorable matchup.

Dane Dunning – He’s still widely available. Talked about him last week and since then he’s made a pair of starts. One gave you nothing but his last start was a solid performance. Encouragingly, he went over 5 innings in both. He’s not setting the world on fire but he’s giving you solid mid-range starter points.

Clay Holmes – I don’t usually bring up relievers, especially if they’re not in line for save opportunities, but you can’t ignore what Holmes has been doing. In 20.1 innings he has 19 Ks against only 2 walks, collecting 4 wins. Despite not being the closer he does have 3 saves on the season, so that’s some nice bonus value. Did I mention that he’s only allowed 1 earned run? He’s well worth a roster spot if you have RP slots and even makes sense in leagues that don’t differentiate between starters and relievers for leagues with limited roster moves.

 

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