Fantasy Sports Fix: Back to baseball
Once I get started on football, it’s hard to go back to baseball. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t want to notice that I’m still in eighth place in my only fantasy baseball league.
It really just didn’t come together for my team this year. Maybe it was the fact that it’s a points league and I’m used to competing in head-to-head leagues. I really don’t know, though. For a team that seems to have good players — Harper, Gonzalez, Verlander, etc. — it sure fell short this year.
Maybe I wasn’t active enough on the waiver wire with only 26 moves made this year, but I feel like sticking with my draft team through thick and thin hoping that they start turning it around. That didn’t really happen at all.
It’s all good though, and there’s always next year, but for now, I’d like to see what the waiver wire has to offer.
David Phelps, Miami Marlins, starting pitcher/relief pitcherDavid Phelps, Miami Marlins, starting pitcher/relief pitcher
David Phelps, Miami Marlins, starting pitcher/relief pitcher
He assumed the role of starter earlier this month and has done well, notching two wins in his last two starts. In those 11.1 innings, he has accumulated 17 strikeouts. He’s going to get some quality starts as the season winds down, so add him with confidence.
Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox, starting pitcherCarlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox, starting pitcher
Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox, starting pitcher
In his last three starts, he’s produced 16 strikeouts while only walking five batters. His ERA in August is also very low and is hovering around 1.60 after his latest start.
Chad Green, New York Yankees, starting pitcherChad Green, New York Yankees, starting pitcher
Chad Green, New York Yankees, starting pitcher
He has allowed only one run in his last 12 innings pitched and looks to finish the season strong for the Yankees. He’ll get another shot this Saturday at home against the Orioles.
Okay, let’s not forget about the bats. Here are some guys that could help if you’re on the way to the playoffs.
Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees, catcherGary Sanchez, New York Yankees, catcher
Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees, catcher
Over the last week or so, Judge has smacked five home runs and racked up eight RBIs. He’ll get plenty of playing time going forward, so, if you’re looking to fill that designated hitter or catcher spot, he’s a great option.
Cesar Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies, second baseCesar Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies, second base
Cesar Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies, second base
He actually leads the majors in triples right now and is a pretty solid pickup at this point in the season. He’s only owned in a mere 10 percent of leagues, but if he keeps hitting the way he is he could find himself on some playoff rosters.
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees, outfieldAaron Judge, New York Yankees, outfield
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees, outfield
He hit two home runs in his first two games after being called up and has totaled six RBIs in just over a week of work. He should be an everyday outfielder from here on out, so hopefully the production continues to make him a valuable asset in the fantasy playoffs.
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