Chris Gingrich: Fantasy baseball standings bring excitement
It’s a new week and another chance to move up in the standings for your fantasy baseball team. With this week’s edition, I’m going to focus on players who are having a slow start but are beginning to turn it around and a few players on the waiver wire who might be able to boost specific stat categories.
Let’s start with Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies. He still only has 17 RBI on the season, and he’s only batting .240, but there is hope. He wasn’t as high a draft pick this year as he had been in recent seasons, but he is beginning to look like the two time All Star he is. Over the last 6 games during the Rockie’s homestand, CarGo is 9 for 23 at the plate with three extra base hits, four RBI, a stolen base and two homers. Now is the time to buy low before he gets it really going and maybe pull a fast one on an owner who has lost hope in him.
Kyle Seager, third baseman for the Seattle Mariners, came into the season with an average draft position of 68 overall and 8th for third baseman. Now, he’s not far off of his projections being ranked 10th overall for third baseman, but he’s leaving much to be desired with only one run and ten strikeouts in his last 10 games. I expect he could heat up a little as the weather gets hotter, but only if things turn around for the Mariners as a team. Still a good buy low option for those seeking a third baseman.
Zack Greinke is still a great pitcher, but where are the strikeouts? He is projected for 198 strikeouts this season, but as it stands right now he only has 68 compared to other pitchers drafted near him who have anywhere from 75 to 80 strikeouts. He hasn’t won a start since May 5 but continues to post quality starts and a low ERA every outing, which should give his owners a better perspective.
Onto the waiver wire, folks. Here are some guys that should help your team in the short term.
Chris Colabello, Toronto, first base, outfield — the Blue Jays outfielder has been a hot addition this past week, with a 16.2 percent increase in his ownership rate. Now, his stats aren’t overly impressive with just 3 Runs, 5 RBI and a stolen base in the past seven days, but his batting average has been a nice .308 and .327 for the past 15 days.
A.J. Ramos, Miami, relief pitcher — six saves in the last two weeks, with a hold on the closer role for the Marlins he’s a must add for those looking for those elusive saves.
Maikel Franco, Philadelphia, third base — four homers in his first 18 games for this 22 year old, with strong short term potential.
Chris Gingrich is a Craig resident who love fantasy sports leagues. His column used to be published in the newspaper, and the Craig Daily Press is please to welcome him back to the sports pages.
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