EACH team has played roughly 40 games of their schedule, the equivalent of about one quarter. We have seen the depth of teams tested as injuries mount and batters/pitchers form rollercoasters around. To help your fantasy baseball team stay on track here are a few guys to grab, ditch and keep your eye on in the weeks ahead.
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Alex Wood, Los Angeles Dodgers RP/SP (74.7% ownership, +39.3% last 7 days)
THE Player of the Week from the past seven days isn’t likely to be on many waiver wires anymore after throwing 21 K’s through his two starts without allowing a single run. Even before his breakout week, Wood had posted solid numbers through the first few months of the season. After lighting it up though he deserves instant recognition.
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Charlie Morton, Houston Astros SP (52.7% ownership, +14.7% last 7 days)
ANOTHER popular player who has seen a spike in ownership is the Astros Charlie Morton. Winner of four straight games, Morton has thrown at least five strikeouts in his last five games (including two double digit outings). Although his battles some consistency in keeping his ERA and WHIP down, he has been striking batters out in dominant fashion and should continue to do so.
Keon Broxton, Milwaukee Brewers OF (46.5% ownership, +15.5% last 7 days)
I drafted Broxton at the start of the MLB season. I was VERY unimpressed with his April averages (.191 batting average, .600 OPS) so I dropped him. He seems to have turned the corner though with an impressive May so far (.339 batting average, .980 OPS) Broxton has definitely demanded consideration to be picked back up off the waiver wire.
Steven Souza Jr, Tampa Bay Rays OF (34.7% ownership, -13.7% last 7 days)
ONCE again a former member of ‘Pretty Fly For A White Fry’ features on the list although he hasn’t channelled the heroics similar to Broxton yet. Despite his healthy start injuries have hampered his form lately and his consistency has been replaced by streaky outings. There are plenty of other stable, safer options available.
Yangervis Solarte, San Diego Padres 2B (59.1% ownership, -11.3% last 7 days)
PART of Solarte’s struggles can be attributed to the teams bad performances as of late. With just four hits in his last 10 games though and a batting average of .154 for May ship him out ASAP.
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Neftali Feliz, Milwaukee Brewers RP (31.6% ownership, -20.8% last 7 days)
SINCE giving up four runs in his last 1.2 innings pitched Feliz has been replaced at closer. His ERA now sits at over six and his replacement Corey Knebel is definitely a viable replacement.
Addison Reed, New York Mets RP (50.8% ownership, +22.3% last 7 days)
EVER since Jeurys Familia went down with injury the closer role was handed to Addison Reed, who is yet to wow fantasy managers with his performance. He is susceptible to allowing home run pitches, which could affect his future in the role, but if he reigns in some of these pitches he is a great waiver wire option for saves.
Freddie Galvis, Philadelphia Phillies SS (23.5% ownership, +5.5% last 7 days)
JUST quietly Freddie Galvis is putting forward a very nice five category season to date. He has appeared in all but one of the Phillies games to date and holds respectable RBI, home run, hits, runs and batting average numbers. If he can take the next step and produce at a slightly higher rate he is a must own.
Austin Hedges, San Diego Padres C (31.7% ownership, +5.3% last 7 days)
CENTER often cause plenty of headaches in fantasy baseball if you don’t have one of the elite players. The same can be said for Hedges who still possesses plenty of power (tied for 1st in home runs hit from the C position). While his home run tally is nice, Hedges also ranks in the top 10 for most batting stats and should be monitored closely.
Fernando Rodney, Arizona Diamondbacks RP (38.9% ownership, +4.3% last 7 days)
THE final place on our watch list has had a tumultuous start to 2017. Fernando Rodney has four saves in May so far, although he ended April by giving up eight runs in under two innings. His ERA of 8.04 scares of potential buyers, but Rodney hasn’t conceded a run in his last six outings. Keep a close eye on him to see if he can keep his ERA trending downwards.
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IN some quick injury news Braves superstar Freddie Freeman has a broken wrist and is now going to miss 10 weeks of action, a devastating blow to fantasy owners. The San Fransisco Giants welcomed back their closer Mark Melancon from the DL after a right elbow strain sidelined him for the past 10 days. Fantasy relevant players in Mitch Haniger and Corey Kluber are close to a return to the majors after injury issues and Toronto star Josh Donaldson should only be about a week away as well.