MLB Week 3 – Waiver Wire Report

Don't look now, but A-Rod is only two home runs away from tying Willie Mays

Don’t look now, but A-Rod is only two home runs away from tying Willie Mays

Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees

If the owners in your fantasy league decided to stray away from Alex Rodriguez during the draft, he better not be sitting in your free agent pool now. A-Rod has smashed all preseason expectations, currently sporting a .286/.412/.643 slash line and serving as the main power threat in the Yankees lineup with four home runs and 11 RBI in 13 games. His early season highlight came last Friday night, when he belted two monster homers and drove in four runs to lead the Bombers to a 5-4 win over the Rays. There’s no telling how long he’ll maintain this pace, but you might as well take advantage of it while you can.

Ender Inciarte – Arizona Diamondbacks

Inciarte’s hot start has earned him regular playing time with the D’backs and MLB fantasy owners can expect him to be a daily factor in leagues now. The 24-year-old outfielder put up decent numbers in 2014 but if his early performance in the current campaign is any indication, he’s poised for a significant improvement. He’s batting .327 and reaching base at a .364 clip over his first 13 games. He’s also scored 11 runs batting in the leadoff spot for Arizona. Though you shouldn’t expect much of anything in the way of power numbers, the early returns on Inciarte are enough to keep owners intrigued. As is the thought of seeing Paul Goldschmidt driving him in all season long.

Kendrys Morales – Kansas City Royals

After a nightmare 2014 season in which he hit .213 over 98 games for the Mariners and Twins, Morales has gotten off on the right foot with Kansas City. Looking much more like the middle-of-the-order slugger he was earlier in his career, he is currently batting .358 with a .424 OBP, along with an American League-leading 12 runs scored. He has also displayed some of his trademark pop, hitting two home runs and collecting nine RBI over the first two weeks.

Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

He’s grappled with injuries the last couple years, but when he’s on the field, Angel Pagan is useful to fantasy owners in several key areas. If you can afford to get your homers and RBI elsewhere, Pagan should offer a solid batting average and OBP. Through 14 games he’s flourishing in that regard, hitting .321 with a .373 OBP. But where Pagan really shines is in the speed department. Though he’s only stolen one base so far, he should accumulate his fair share if he stays healthy. A return to 2010’s form when he swiped 37 is probably too optimistic, but if you’re in search of steals Pagan could be a promising and widely available option.

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MLB Week 2 – Waiver Wire Report

Detroit’s Anthony Gose is off to a flying start in 2015

Anthony Gose – OF, Detroit Tigers

The young outfielder, traded from Toronto in the offseason, is off to a fast start in Detroit. He has gone 9-for-23 in his first five games with six runs scored, a home run, five RBI, and a stolen base. Though he didn’t exactly set the world on fire during his time with the Blue Jays (.633 OPS in three seasons), he was a well-regarded prospect and still has plenty of room to improve at 24 years old. Though you shouldn’t expect him to maintain his current pace, batting atop a stacked Tigers lineup should continue to offer him plenty of opportunities to score runs and show off his speed.

Roberto Perez – C, Cleveland Indians

With starting catcher Yan Gomes out 6-8 weeks with a knee sprain, backup Roberto Perez will assume the role for Cleveland. Perez exhibited some solid offense in limited action last season, hitting .271 with five doubles over 29 games. He’s enjoyed success in the early going this year as well, with a home run and three RBI in his first eight plate appearances. His plate discipline can use some work (26 strikeouts in 85 at-bats in 2014), but Perez will now have the chance to show what he can do on a regular basis. Gomes owners or those seeking depth at catcher should give Perez a look.

Jed Lowrie – SS, Houston Astros

Lowrie showed some pop in the opening week of 2015, belting two homers in his first six games back with the Astros after returning to the team as a free agent. That’s already a third of his total from last year, and although you shouldn’t bet on Lowrie turning into a bona fide slugger or anything, he is only two years removed from hitting .290 with 15 HR and 75 RBI for the A’s. With offense always at a premium at the middle infield spots, it might be worth your while to take a flyer on a player like Lowrie who’s still widely available throughout leagues.

Archie Bradley – SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Bradley had a major league debut to remember, limiting a potent Dodgers lineup to one hit over six innings, allowing no runs and striking out six as well. His youth (22 years old) and upside make him an appealing commodity, but expectations should also be tempered. Bradley showed some lack of control, walking four and needing 112 pitches to make it through those six innings. He earned a rotation spot on the strength of his Spring Training, posting a 1.61 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over six spring appearances. Fantasy owners in deeper leagues willing to roll the dice on a back-end rotation piece would do well to pick up Bradley.

Wide Receiver and Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 7

Allen racked up 107 yards and a touchdown during Week 6

Allen punished the Colts racking up 107 yards and a touchdown during Week 6

It may not be a great year for fantasy owners at the running back position, but there are a few receivers and one tight end putting up big numbers that need to be owned in more fantasy leagues.  Keenan Allen and Charles Clay lead the pack of Week 7 waiver wire pickups.

Keenan Allen (WR – SD)

Keenan Allen was one of Fantasy Buzzer’s Week 6 sleepers and he produced in a big way.  Allen produced his second straight 20 plus point fantasy performance with …..  9 catches for 107 yards and an impressive touchdown.  Allen now comes in as our number one waiver wire pickup for Week 7 at the wide receiver position.

Philip Rivers continue to produce under first year head coach Mike McCoy and as long as Rivers keeps putting up numbers, Allen will likely be putting up big numbers as well.  Allen is only owned in 34% of Yahoo and 6.7% of ESPN Fantasy leagues, but those numbers will be closer to 0% with his second straight 20 plus point performance.

Percy Harvin (WR – SEA)

Rumors are starting to circulate that Percy Harvin’s return to the Seattle Seahawks lineup is just around the corner.  If the rumors are true, Harvin is a must add player this week.  Harvin is fresh off hip surgery, but Pete Carroll is “encouraged” with Harvin’s progress and he could start practicing again during Seattle’s long practice week following their Thursday night game against Arizona this week.

Even if Harvin isn’t 100% when he returns, he’s still probably better than any other receiver on Seattle’s roster and he could be a difference maker for fantasy owners down the playoff stretch.  Harvin has not played a snap this year, but is already owned in 43% of Yahoo and 16% of ESPN leagues. Fantasy owners with good winning percentages should pick up Harvin and hope he can help win them games in the playoffs, but owners who need to rack up some wins right away should stay away from Harvin because it will probably be several weeks before he actually produces on the field.

Charles Clay (TE – MIA)

Charles Clay is having a very productive season for the Miami Dolphins.  Clay is a top 10 scoring tight end and has played in one fewer game than most of the tight ends in the league having already completed his bye week.  Clay has scored double digit fantasy points in four of his five games this season and has never had less than six targets in a game.

Clay is turning into one of Ryan Tannehill’s favorite weapons in the red zone and even has a rushing touchdown this season.  With all the unproductive and inconsistent play at the tight end position, fantasy owners should definitely consider rostering Clay as a TE1 or giving him Flex consideration over some of the feast or famine players. Clay is only owned in 68% of Yahoo and 31.2 % of ESPN Fantasy leagues.

 

 

 

Waiver Wire Wide Receiver Pickups for Week 6

Alshon Jeffery blowing away expectations

Alshon Jeffery blowing away expectations in Chicago

The Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins have bye weeks during Week 6. Fantasy owners with Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzales, Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are looking for spot starts while other owners are looking for possible alternatives for struggling wide receivers such as Dwayne Bowe and Roddy White.

Luckily, there are some wide receivers putting up solid numbers that can help owners during these bye-weeks and sub-par performances from some big name receivers.

Justin Blackmon

Justin Blackmon produced some big numbers during his 2013 debut with 5 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown in Week 5. Blackmon took full advantage of the putrid St. Louis defense and it didn’t hurt that the Jaguars were playing catch-up the whole game. Blaine Gabbert also left the game early with a tweaked hamstring and Blackmon was and will continue to be more productive with Chad Henne at quarterback.

There’s nothing not to love about Blackmon’s fantasy value moving forward. He’s playing on a team that will almost certainly be behind in every game they play this year and he will be getting lots of chances to make big plays. Blackmon is owned in only 61% of Yahoo and 20% of ESPN Fantasy leagues so grab him if he’s available in your league.

Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery produced double-digit fantasy points during Week 3 and 4 and absolutely exploded in Week 5 against the Saints. Jeffery caught 10 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. This was Jeffery’s second week in a row with at least 10 targets and it’s quite clear that Jay Cutler has found his number two option in Jeffery.

Jeffery has a great Thursday night match-up against the Giants at home during Week 6 and another great match-up on Week 7 against the Redskins.  Jeffery is poised to put up big numbers the rest of the season with his favorable schedule and high volume of targets he is receiving. Jeffery is only owned in 67% of Yahoo and 85% of ESPN Fantasy leagues and should now be owned in 100% of all leagues.  If you have a high waiver priority, it should definitely be used on Jeffery.

Austin Pettis

Austin Pettis has scored has at least 10 points in his last four games in PPR formats. Pettis is getting lots of targets in the red zone and already has four touchdowns on the season, including two on Sunday against the Jaguars.

Pettis plays in a tough division so he has some ugly match-ups down the road, but he still warrants a WR3 or Flex consideration during bye weeks. Pettis might not warrant a waiver wire pick-up in smaller leagues, but is definitely worth a look in deeper leagues because of his upside.

 

Banish These Week 5 Wide Receiver to the Bench

Washington has an ugly Week 5 matchup against the Chiefs

Washington has an ugly Week 5 matchup against the Chiefs

This is one of the toughest Bye Weeks of the season, but there are still some wide receivers that really shouldn’t be in your fantasy lineups.

Unlike the running back position where there are only so many backs to go around, there are always plenty of wide receivers you can find to plug into your team.

The bottom line is, this is NOT the week to start Nate Washington or Eddie Royal.

Nate Washington:

Nate Washington has put up back to back monster games and is creating a buzz around the fantasy football world. His breakout game came during Week 3 against the Chargers when he reeled in 8 catches for 131 yards. He followed up that performance during Week 4 against the Jets when he caught four passes for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

On paper, that looks great – but the Kansas City Chiefs are coming to town for a Week 5 showdown that could put an end to Washington’s impressive streak. Kansas City is the 3rd ranked team against the pass and Tennessee will be without starting quarterback Jake Locker.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start for the Titans and the Chiefs pass rush will be all over him like a spider monkey. Save yourself the trouble and keep Washington on the bench.

Eddie Royal

Eddie Royal was the crowning jewel of the San Diego Chargers offense after he caught five touchdown passes during the first two games of the season. But even when he was catching touchdown passes, it was painfully obvious that he was not getting any targets. Fast forward through Weeks 3 and 4 and Royal is still not getting any targets, but he’s not catching any touchdowns either.

The Chargers are playing a middle of the night game against the Raiders on the road and Royal will not figure heavily into the game plan.

Despite the high-flying Philip Rivers’ offense, Royal is not and will not be the go-to-guy in San Diego. It appears that going forward, Rivers will be much more interested in targeting running back Danny Woodhead and the age-defying Antonio Gates. Keep Royal on your bench or drop him altogether, he won’t be any help going forward.

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Gems for Week 5

Nate Washington has brutal schedule in front of him

Nate Washington has brutal schedule in front of him

Week 5 offers some decent waiver wire pickups at the receiver position.  There are two veteran receivers coming off monster weeks that are worth an add for owners dealing with bye weeks or needing a spot start.

Nate Washington and Greg Jennings put up solid Week 4 numbers and will both likely have new quarterbacks throwing them the ball during Week 5. Jake Locker went down during Week 4 with a hip injury and Ponder has probably lost his starting gig to Matt Cassel.

Nate Washington

Nate Washington is coming off his second straight week of 20 plus points in PPR formats and is likely to be a favorite target for Ryan Fitzpatrick who is known for his gun-slinging mentality.  Tennessee has not been able to get their running game going, so Washington should see plenty of targets in the coming weeks. Fitzpatrick put up decent numbers with Stevie Johnson in Buffalo and just might do more of the same with Washington.

Washington is still a low end WR3 or Flex start, but might please some fantasy owners that are willing to take a shot on him. Locker’s injury may actually boost Washington’s fantasy value in the long run, but Tennessee has some extremely tough match-ups on the horizon as they take on Kansas City, Seattle and San Francisco during the next three weeks.

Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings has finally made his mark in fantasy land as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.  Jennings found the end zone twice and racked up 92 yards through the air on just three receptions. Jennings is a big play waiting to happen and sees a lot of single coverage with defenses focusing on stopping Adrian Peterson. If Cassell can help the Vikings passing game, Jennings might continue to have fantasy success.

The Vikings have a bye this week, so owners can likely grab Jennings as a free agent after he clears waivers.  Regardless of whether Cassel or Ponder gets the start in Week 6, owners should consider adding Jennings because he can provide some valuable help during bye weeks and has some favorable match-ups throughout the season.

Waiver Wire: Cream of the Crop Running Backs

 

Danny Woodhead is becoming a PPR scoring machine

Danny Woodhead is becoming a PPR scoring machine

Week 5 presents some intriguing choices for waiver wire pickups at the running back position.  With injuries to Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and bye weeks for the Redskins, Vikings, Steelers and Buccaneers, fantasy owners are scrambling for running backs to to play in Week 5.  

Luckily, there are some decent running backs out there that have decent match-ups this week and could provide an instant spark for struggling fantasy teams.

Danny Woodhead:

Woodhead was previously mentioned as a Fantasy Buzzer sleeper and if you took our advice to pick Woodhead up in week 2, your welcome. After his performance against Dallas during Week 4, Woodhead is now a must own in PPR leagues.  Woodhead gained 32 yards on five carries and had five receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

Woodhead has turned into a poor man’s Darren Sproles catching passes out of the backfield and already has 17 receptions out of the backfield. He’s only owned in 17% of ESPN leagues and 41% of Yahoo leagues. Owners with high priority waiver position need to grab Woodhead because he is now a high end RB 2 and great Flex play in all PPR formats.

Rashad Jennings:

Surprise, surprise, Darren McFadden is hurt again. McFadden tweaked his hamstring in Week 4 against the Redskins and was not able to return. Rashad Jennings filled McFadden’s void exceptionally and racked up 45 yards rushing and hauled in eight passes for 71.

McFadden’s status is still unclear for Week 5, but with McFadden and Marcel Reece both nursing injuries, Jennings could be the guy for several weeks in Oakland.  McFadden owners should definitely consider Jennings as a handcuff and owners needing a filler for a bye week should consider Jennings as well.  Jennings is virtually un-owned in fantasy leagues and he is definitely worth a look for owners needing running back help.

Handcuff Alert – Roy Helu 

Alfred Morris sustained a rib injury in Week 4 against the Raiders and was not able to return to the game.  Roy Helu filled in for Morris and was able to muster 41 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown and two receptions for 43 yards as well.  The Redskins have bye week and Morris’ injury does not appear to be serious but it is now clear that Helu is is the handcuff to own for Morris owners.

 

 

Mariners Prospect Erasmo Ramirez Ready for the Call Up

Erasmo Ramirez should be a great waiver wire pickup in fantasy baseball

Erasmo Ramirez throws a nasty change-up pitch

Mariners pitching prospect Erasmo Ramirez may be called up to the majors soon. According to ESPN, the team’s general manager Zack Zduriencik told Seattle’s KJR radio last Friday that Ramirez should be called up “shortly”.

It’s not completely clear when exactly he will be called up, or whom he will replace, but it should be expected in the next couple of weeks. It’s assumed that he will take the mediocre Aaron Harang’s spot in the Mariners’ rotation, as no other pitcher is seriously struggling at this point.

Harang is a terrible 3-7 on the season with a 5.08 ERA and 1.239 WHIP. Though he’s been better lately, a poor start against the Reds on Friday might be enough for the Mariners to give up on Harang. If not Harang, number 5 starter Jeremy Bonderman isn’t exactly setting the world ablaze either, with a 6.23 ERA in his last couple of outings. Either one can easily lose his job to make room for Ramirez.

Regardless of the circumstances, fantasy baseball owners should be excited for Ramirez’s call up and should monitor his progress in the bigs. Ramirez is an exciting prospect that has posted great numbers throughout his career.

Last season Ramirez got the call to start in the Mariners rotation for short stint in June and again in September. In 8 starts with the team in 2012, Ramirez posted a 3.64 ERA with a 0.939 WHIP, holding opponents to a super-low .218 batting average.

Ramirez was injured for the beginning of the 2013 season, but since coming back, he’s been very good in the minors. In 7 games in Double-A and Triple-A this season, Ramirez holds a 2.70 ERA with a 1.131 WHIP and a strikeout rate of 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings.

Most of the runs Ramirez allowed in Triple-A have come off of home runs, which are tough to avoid when pitching in the Pacific Coast League. Overall, he’s pitched very well through his first 7 starts this season, especially in a league that heavily favors hitters.

Ramirez is an extremely accurate pitcher with great control of his pitches, walking just 1.5 batters per 9 innings throughout his career in the minors. He doesn’t have to rely on his fastball, but still has decent velocity as the pitch is usually clocked around 93 MPH and can touch up to 95 MPH.

Yet his change-up is really what makes him successful. His change-up averages around 12 MPH slower than his fastball, which is a huge gap from the speed of his fastball. The pitch also has very effective movement and is Ramirez’s best weapon for putting batters away.

Click here to take a look at his fantastic change-up!

He also mixes it up with the occasional slider or cutter, both of which are decent pitches. Though he does not rely on throwing the ball hard, it’s worth paying attention to whether his velocity is where it should be. Throwing a hard fastball allows him to be deceptive with his breaking-balls and off-speed pitches. It’s not absolutely essential, but it can help Ramirez be an above average major league pitcher. If all of his pitches seem to be in line with where they were last year, Ramirez is a must add.

All signs point to Ramirez joining Mariners in the next couple of weeks. It’s assumed that he will make it into the rotation, but there’s a slight chance that they choose to ease him in as a long reliever for the time being. Pay attention to when he gets the call and if he will be named a starter. He can be a great pickup and help your team in ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts.  Don’t be surprised to see him be a lights out starter for the Mariners in the second half of the regular season. In that case, he might turn out to be one of the best pickups of the season.

Mariners Prospect Erasmo Ramirez Ready for the Call Up

Erasmo Ramirez should be a great waiver wire pickup in fantasy baseball

Erasmo Ramirez throws a nasty change-up pitch

Mariners pitching prospect Erasmo Ramirez may be called up to the majors soon. According to ESPN, the team’s general manager Zack Zduriencik told Seattle’s KJR radio last Friday that Ramirez should be called up “shortly”.

It’s not completely clear when exactly he will be called up, or whom he will replace, but it should be expected in the next couple of weeks. It’s assumed that he will take the mediocre Aaron Harang’s spot in the Mariners’ rotation, as no other pitcher is seriously struggling at this point.

Harang is a terrible 3-7 on the season with a 5.08 ERA and 1.239 WHIP. Though he’s been better lately, a poor start against the Reds on Friday might be enough for the Mariners to give up on Harang. If not Harang, number 5 starter Jeremy Bonderman isn’t exactly setting the world ablaze either, with a 6.23 ERA in his last couple of outings. Either one can easily lose his job to make room for Ramirez.

Regardless of the circumstances, fantasy baseball owners should be excited for Ramirez’s call up and should monitor his progress in the bigs. Ramirez is an exciting prospect that has posted great numbers throughout his career.

Last season Ramirez got the call to start in the Mariners rotation for short stint in June and again in September. In 8 starts with the team in 2012, Ramirez posted a 3.64 ERA with a 0.939 WHIP, holding opponents to a super-low .218 batting average.

Ramirez was injured for the beginning of the 2013 season, but since coming back, he’s been very good in the minors. In 7 games in Double-A and Triple-A this season, Ramirez holds a 2.70 ERA with a 1.131 WHIP and a strikeout rate of 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings.

Most of the runs Ramirez allowed in Triple-A have come off of home runs, which are tough to avoid when pitching in the Pacific Coast League. Overall, he’s pitched very well through his first 7 starts this season, especially in a league that heavily favors hitters.

Ramirez is an extremely accurate pitcher with great control of his pitches, walking just 1.5 batters per 9 innings throughout his career in the minors. He doesn’t have to rely on his fastball, but still has decent velocity as the pitch is usually clocked around 93 MPH and can touch up to 95 MPH.

Yet his change-up is really what makes him successful. His change-up averages around 12 MPH slower than his fastball, which is a huge gap from the speed of his fastball. The pitch also has very effective movement and is Ramirez’s best weapon for putting batters away.

Click here to take a look at his fantastic change-up!

He also mixes it up with the occasional slider or cutter, both of which are decent pitches. Though he does not rely on throwing the ball hard, it’s worth paying attention to whether his velocity is where it should be. Throwing a hard fastball allows him to be deceptive with his breaking-balls and off-speed pitches. It’s not absolutely essential, but it can help Ramirez be an above average major league pitcher. If all of his pitches seem to be in line with where they were last year, Ramirez is a must add.

All signs point to Ramirez joining Mariners in the next couple of weeks. It’s assumed that he will make it into the rotation, but there’s a slight chance that they choose to ease him in as a long reliever for the time being. Pay attention to when he gets the call and if he will be named a starter. He can be a great pickup and help your team in ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts.  Don’t be surprised to see him be a lights out starter for the Mariners in the second half of the regular season. In that case, he might turn out to be one of the best pickups of the season.

Fantasy Baseball – Waiver Wire Adds for June 5th

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If you are struggling at hitting and have been trying to improve your fantasy baseball lineup, you may have added recently called-up prospects Yasiel Puig or Nick Franklin in the past week.

If you missed out on these guys or would prefer to add a veteran player who has been successful in the past, you may want to consider adding one of the 3 batters listed below. All of them are owned in less than 37% of ESPN leagues and can help your team in their own individual ways.

Jon Lucroy, C, MIL (36.8% Owned):

After batting .320 with 12 home runs in only 96 games in 2012, some felt that Lucroy could be a sleeper in the 2013 season. Yet Lucroy has disappointed owners and has been dropped from many rosters due to his failure to produce at the plate.

After batting only .235 in April, Lucroy has been hitting his way back into the Brewers lineup. Since May 21st, he has a .378 batting average with 3 home runs and 11 RBI. For a good portion of the season, Lucroy was placed at the cleanup spot in the Brewers lineup.

Now that he’s batting 5th, he’s striking out less, with his strikeout percentage dropping from 12.7% to 10.8%. His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is the only thing that has severely declined, dropping from .338 to .253. For a guy with a career line drive rate of 21.4% (19.7% on the season), Lucroy’s super-high BABIP of .338 in 2012 is not a complete fluke.

It’s hard to replicate something like that, but he is a candidate to be a .300+ BABIP type of guy because of his style of play. Nothing about Lucroy’s current numbers says that he should have a BABIP so low, so it’s presumed that he has just been unlucky. If he can get a bit of this luck back, he should see an increase in production. Lucroy seems to be turning it on right now and his numbers are trending upward. Lucroy is poised to breakout, and is probably a better option than many catchers that are ranked higher than him on ESPN’s player rater.

Yunel Escobar, SS, TB (21.9% Owned):

Escobar had a horrendous start to the 2013 season, batting .169 with only 4 runs and 7 RBI in the month of April. Since the start of May, Escobar has turned his season around. He has a .298 batting average with 19 runs, 3 home runs and 19 RBI in that 30 game span.

Many find it hard to trust Escobar because of his awful 2012 season when he batted only .253 without much else to offer. However, Escobar had a career batting average of .298 before the 2012 season. There’s not much reason to doubt that Escobar can put his 2012 season to bed and post a good average again.

Escobar currently holds a line drive rate of 21%, which is a career high for him. In addition to this, his groundball rate is at a career low 48.4% and his fly ball rate is at a career high 30.6%. Hitting more line drives is good news for Escobar’s batting average, and hitting more fly balls will actually help his chances of producing better power numbers.

He’s currently on pace to tie his career-high home runs total of 14. His home run to fly ball ratio of 10.4% isn’t far off from his career average of 8.1%, so there’s no crazy surge in power; he’s just simply getting the ball in the air more. Escobar looks like he can be a high average hitter once again, so hopefully he can help your team in that aspect. If he can hit 10 or more home runs down the stretch like he is on pace to do, then this makes him even more valuable. Escobar can be a nice add at a shallow position.

Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (2.2% Owned):

Quentin has a nice career slugging percentage of .491. Essentially, he almost always has the power, but just can’t stay healthy enough to post great numbers. Quentin has never played more than 131 games in a major league season. Yet if you take a look at his numbers season-by-season, you will see that Quentin had a lot more power than his home run totals proved.

From 2008 to 2012, Quentin was on pace to hit over 30 home runs in each of those seasons if he played 162 games. Of course, will likely only play between 120 and 130 total games this season if he stays healthy. Regardless, in his past 18 games, Quentin has hit 4 home runs with a .323 batting average, 12 runs and 9 RBI.

His home run total for the season is only 6, but it appears that he’s recently found his power stroke and will likely continue at a similar rate while he stays in the lineup. Quentin has more consistent power numbers than most people would believe, so if you’re low on power then he’s worth picking up. He can very possibly hit 15 home runs with 45 to 50 RBI down the stretch.

His batting average will hover somewhere between .250 and .260, so it shouldn’t hurt you too much in that category. There’s no guarantee that Quentin will stay healthy, but he’s worth playing while he is.