ANOTHER week of fantasy baseball means another week of hype, headaches and for some heartbreak. The Astros are all dominant and certain pitchers are on fire, yet those players aren’t going to be on any waiver wires. We want the lesser known names who are surging up the rankings.
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Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays 1B (50% ownership, +29.5% last 7 days)
WITH almost as many bases walked as strikeouts in the month of May, Smoak has emerged as a solid option across most hitting categories. Sometimes he does make way for Kendrys Morales when there is one less spot in the lineup against NL opponents, although Smoak is still worth owning if he keeps performing at his current rate.
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Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins SP (73.2% ownership, +37.3% last 7 days)
ALL me a skeptic, I’m just not sold on Berrios yet. His number suggest otherwise with 22 strikeouts in three starts and a low ERA/WHIP. The runs he has given up though have come mainly from home runs, a trend that has plagued him even in his minor career. Monday’s start against a high octane Astros offense will tell us a lot about his fantasy value.
Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers SP (74.7% ownership, +39.3% last 7 days)
AT the start of the month I was talking Urias up as a potential target for owners who wanted to keep their ERA and WHIP stats in check. After his last two appearances on the mound though, he finds himself back in the minors. His first 17 innings saw him give up just two runs, but the last 6.1 innings have seen 12 runs, 14 hits and just one strikeout. Catch ya later.
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Odubel Herrera, Philadelphia Phillies OF (55.3% ownership, -12.2% last 7 days)
HERRERA started out the season with respectable averages and seemed like a solid fantasy choice. Although his form, numbers and reputation have plummeted in the last two weeks of games. 7 hits from 51 at bats plus no other noteworthy stats over the past 13 matches at the plate equals delist.
Welington Castillo, Baltimore Orioles C (45.4% ownership, +24.2% last 7 days)
SINCE his return from shoulder tendinitis Castillo has boasted a .367/.406/.667 line while hitting 10 RBI’s. Occasionally Castillo is used as a DH which puts a cap on his output, but regardless he can be a handy addition at center if you lack depth.
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Koda Glover, Washington Nationals RP (22.2% ownership, +8.2% in last 7 days)
SHAWN Kelley and Koda Glover have battled it out for the closer role all season long for the Nats. At the present time it seems like Glover is at the top of the food chain with Dusty Baker (the Nationals manager) confirming he will be the teams closer moving forward. After finishing the last four games with a save and four strikeouts he is still available for plenty of fantasy coaches.
ADRIAN Beltre is close to returning to the field for the Texas Rangers with the team confirming that he will take at bats in simulated matches. The Rangers are hopefully he can return by early June. Ryan Braun (Brewers OF), Joc Pederson (Dodgers OF) and Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox 2B) are all potentially facing a short stint on the sideline and Corey Kluber will throw 70-75 pitches in a Triple-A assignment on Thursday as he targets a return to the Inidans bullpen in the coming fortnight.