THE yo-yo that is the fantasy baseball season continues to swing in every direction possible. From Sam Dyson’s failures to Eric Thames’ success the season has plenty of storylines so far, with players over achieving and flunking to entirely new depths. It’s nothing new that the momentum surrounding players output is constantly changing, so below are some changes you can make, whether it be by dropping or adding a player that can help you get a leg up on the competition.
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Wade Miley – Orioles SP
STRIKING out at least five batters in all of his starts, Miley has marginally flown under the radar so far. Hosting a 1-1 record with and ERA of 2.32, the Orioles lefty has chalked up 38 strikeouts to date and seems poised to keep that number rising consistently.
Brandon McCarthy – Yankees SP
WE may have missed the boat on McCarthy, but if he’s still on your waiver wire, you should pounce. Be cautious though as Julio Urias and Rich Hill (currently on DL) may steal spot in the rotation. The Yankees starter hasn’t done much wrong to date though and looks to be be in career best form.
Joey Gallo – Rangers 3B
WITH Adrian Beltre’s return date still up in the air, pouncing on Joey Gallo is a wise move. The 3rd basemen is a perfect 4/4 on steal attempts this season and is a handy option to provide some batting depth in deeper leagues.
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Kevin Gausman – Orioles SP
DESPITE his potential the Baltimore pitcher has given up 18 runs in his past three starts. A season removed from leading the team in strikeouts and ERA, his current form is to inconsistent to be trusted.
Sandy Leon – Red Sox C
LEON’S .180 batting percentage if enough to keep him off your team, but manager John Farrell has hinted that he won’t be seeing much plate time moving forward. Leon will act as catcher when Chris Sale and Rick Porcello are on the mound and will opt for Christian Vasquez for all the other starters. Time to cut Leon if he’s still clogging up a roster spot.
Blake Treinen – Nationals RP
SPOILER alert if you still own Treinen then he has to go. Like yesterday. Washington’s closer to start the season has stunk it up so far possessing and ERA of 9.00 and only claiming three saves. Both Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley are above him on the depth chart and his fantasy value looks to have hit rock bottom.
Adam Eaton – Nationals OF
TOUGH news for Eaton owners, with the outfielder suffering an ACL injury earlier this week. He should be dropped in all formats as he is going to miss the remainder of the season. The Nats haven’t missed a beat without him though posting 26 runs in the two games to date.
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Noah Syndergaard – Mets SP
THOR has been battling niggling injuries for most of the season so far and after an MRI on Monday it was revealed that he has a partial tear in his lat. He has been placed on the DL, but is currently out indefinitely.
KEEP AN EYE ON
SURELY no fantasy managers are stupid enough to drop Bumgarner, despite the fact that he will be absent for close to three months after a Grade 2 AC joint sprain. However, if for some reason Bumgarner makes his way to the waiver wire you do everything in your power to find room for him on your team. Similarly with the pair of Toronto starters in Happ and Sanchez, who have had injury interrupted starts to 2017. Make a quick move should one of them find their way to free agency.
AS mentioned above the Yankees have blooded Julio Urias who looked solid in his debut and could prove to be someone worth adding. Forgetting the 14 hit, six earned runs diabolical outing against the Tigers on Sunday, Miguel Gonzalez is another player who has found his ownership trend upwards after being lights out in his first 27 innings of the season.
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THE prize would be to snag Josh Donaldson who is still battling a calf injury, but the chances of someone dropping him are extremely unlikely. Players like Mitch Haniger (Seattle) and Brandon Crawford (Giants) might be the ones who someone hastily drops should their team be suffering from an injury perspective.
HERNAN Perez has looked impressive for the Brewers over the past fortnight, translating to a spike in ownership. He should be monitored along with Christian Arroyo (Giants) and Tim Beckham (Rays) who are filling the shoes for DL players.
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