Go with Braves Kevin Gausman in Two Starts | Red Sox Jackie Bradley Jr. a Top Waiver add
Your Fantasy Baseball Planner Includes Key Streamers and Waiver Pickups
Stay with me, kids. This is the fun part of the year, so I need you focused. I appreciate you hitting our Fantasy football work, but in between, there’s still a lot of baseball to be played. You’ll love the variety in this week’s planner to the point where you’ll call your mom and dad and tell them about it.
Pitching for Two, Please (Recommended two-start pitchers)
Alex Wood, Dodgers (vs. Cardinals, Monday; vs. Padres, Sunday): Wood is winning in life. Not only does he get two starts at Dodger Stadium and its pitcher-friendly park factor of 94, he does so while continuing an impressive Post-ASB run that’s seen Wood put up a 1.59 ERA and .163 OBA in four starts.
Tyler Anderson, Rockies (vs. Padres, Tuesday; vs. Cardinals, Sunday): Tagged hard of late (7.16 ERA in his last five starts, including eight homers allowed), I’m betting that a pair of games at Coors Field -- where Anderson sports a 3.47 ERA in 12 starts -- gets him back on track. The Padres are 27th in runs scored, making Anderson a good play on Tuesday night.
Julio Teheran, Braves (at Pirates, Tuesday; at Marlins, Sunday): Oh, Atlanta. Where is the love for Teheran, who has three straight no-decisions despite allowing six earned runs over 18.2 innings? Strangely, he has struggled against the Marlins over three starts this season, but the hunch here is that Teheran starts dialing it up as the Braves find themselves in the playoff hunt.
Vince Velasquez, Phillies (at Nationals, Tuesday; at Blue Jays, Sunday): He’s a completely different pitcher away from Philly, evidenced by his 3.02 ERA and only two homers allowed in 53.2 innings on the road. V-Squared has yet to see the Jays this season but has handled Washington hitting to the tune of a .160 OBA in two appearances against Bryce Harper and Friends.
Kevin Gausman, Braves (at Pirates, Monday; at Marlins, Saturday): As suspected, escaping the dregs of Baltimore and landing into a gravy train filled with biscuits in Atlanta has done wonders for Gausman, who has allowed just three earned runs in his last 14 innings. This is a good week to deploy him.
Brett Anderson, Athletics (vs. Rangers, Tuesday; at Twins, Sunday): He’s deserved a better fate in his last three starts, where he’s failed to gain a win despite allowing just two earned runs and one walk over 19 innings. Anderson isn’t a strikeout artist, but he gets batters out. At this time of the year, beggars can’t be choosers.
Mike Fiers, Athletics (vs. Rangers, Monday; at Twins, Saturday): Thus far, Fiers’ arrival from the Tigers has quietly become one of the more unsung deadline deals, as he’s recorded 13 strikeouts over 11 innings in his first two starts in an Oakland uniform.
Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers (vs. Reds, Monday; vs. Pirates, Sunday): His 5.71 ERA this month is deceiving. Since giving up eight runs in a 21-5 beatdown from the Dodgers on August 2, Chacin has reverted to the steady form he’s delivered most of the season with wins in his last two starts, including seven shutout innings and 10 strikeouts in a win over the Cubs on Tuesday.
Carlos Rodon, White Sox (vs. Twins, Tuesday; at Tigers, Sunday): Put him an Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees or Red Sox jersey and insiders would be singing hosannas about the work he’s done over the past month. Rodon has curbed his ERA from 4.29 on July 5 to the current 2,69 it sits at entering the week. Staff ace? Not yet, but he’s close.
Austin Gomber, P, Cardinals: The rookie has pitched like anything but a newcomer in his last two starts, which has seen him toss 11 shutout innings while earning wins in the process. Fantasy owners are paying notice, as Gomber’s ownership in CBSSports.com leagues have gone from nine to 30 percent over the past week. He’s allowed four hits or fewer in three of his first four starts.
Koda Glover, P, Nationals: Injuries to Sean Doolittle and Kevin Herrera left Washington little choice but to turn to the hard-throwing Glover, who earned his first save against the Cardinals on Thursday. At 15 percent ownership at CBSSports.com, he’s more of a deeper league option right now, but if Glover and his upper 90s heater continues to hammer down in the ninth while keeping the Nats in the playoff chase, watch his interest rise.
Taylor Ward, C, Angels: A converted third baseman, Ward hit a composite .349 with 14 homers and 60 RBI in the minors before being called up, where he recorded five hits in his first 13 at-bats. Owners jumped on Ward like lions after the last meaty pork chop, as he went from a mere four percent to 32 percent in CBSSports.com leagues. His future -- particularly next season -- could be intriguing if he also earns eligibility at the hot corner.
Danny Jansen, C, Blue Jays: Toronto brought up their third-ranked prospect after he hit .275 with 12 homers and 58 RBI at Triple-A and has carried it over to the majors, where he recorded four hits in his first 10 trips to the plate, including his first big league homer. Jansen’s calling card is impressive plate discipline (.390 OBP), part of the reason his ownership in CBSSports.com leagues is at 16 percent and climbing. Not known as a power hitter entering this season, the 6’3, 225-pound Jansen could eventually emerge as a 18-20 home run type with an OBP in the .360-.380 range.
Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF, Red Sox: His bat is starting to catch up to his impressive glove work, as Bradley has put together an .894 OPS since the All-Star Break. J.D. Martinez he’s not, but it’s a far cry from the bland, Saturday morning AM radio-like .642 OPS he had before the break. Bradley’s blend of power and speed has him on pace for 17 homers and 19 steals, part of the reason why he’s moved to 38 percent ownership in CBSSports.com leagues.
Brad Keller, P, Royals: This season has been anything but a KC Masterpiece, but Keller’s development is a highlight. He earned his fifth win of the season on Monday after handcuffing the Blue Jays to four hits and one run over seven innings. Currently at 25 percent ownership, Keller’s versatility as a starter and reliever makes him an interesting play in deeper leagues.
Trey Mancini, OF, Orioles: There’s not much to like in Baltimore, but Mancini’s recent play is enough to merit attention. He’s launched four homers in his first 59 at-bats this month while hitting .305/.344/.542 as he shakes off a miserable first half. Owned in 40 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, Mancini is looking more like the promising power hitter he was after his .293-24-78 rookie season in 2017.
Ryan McMahon, 1B, Rockies: A .953 OPS this month is fueled by a pair of homers and a .405 OBP. Whether he’s the answer at first base in Colorado remains to be seen, but his steady rise to 19 percent in CBSSports.com leagues is a sign that owners are willing to take that chance.
A Streaming We Will Go (Pitchers Edition)
Kyle Gibson, Twins (at White Sox, Wednesday): Consecutive wins and a stretch where Gibson has allowed three runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. Gibson is also one strikeout away from equaling his career best of 145 Ks.
Freddy Peralta, Brewers (vs. Reds, Wednesday): Faltering of late, but his near 12 strikeouts per nine innings makes him a tempting start against the free-swinging Reds.
Edwin Jackson, Athletics (vs. Rangers, Wednesday): One of the hottest pitchers of late, Jackson has allowed only two earned runs in his last four starts, both of which came against the Astros on Friday night.
Trevor Williams, Pirates (vs. Braves, Wednesday): One of my favorite pitchers to watch this season, Williams has an 0.75 ERA over his last six starts, winning four. T-Dub has cut 1.07 off his ERA, which was at 4.60 on July 6.
Jack Flaherty, Cardinals (at Dodgers, Wednesday): Enters the matchup having struck out at least seven batters in his last six starts.
Walker Buehler, Dodgers (vs. Cardinals, Wednesday): Rare to suggest streaming both starters in one game, but Buehler has allowed all of four earned runs in his last 25 innings. Something tells me these two youngsters are going to be pretty good, but that’s just me.
Matthew Boyd, Tigers (vs. White Sox, Thursday): Averaging a shade under a strikeout per inning, Boyd has held opponents to a .218 batting average this season.
Trevor Cahill, Athletics (at Twins, Thursday): A’s have won each of Cahill’s last six starts, in which he has allowed three or fewer runs in four of the outings.
A Streaming We Will Go (Hitters Edition)
Harrison Bader, OF, Cardinals (at Rockies, Friday-Sunday): Oh, how Bader is loving the dog days of August, going .365/.424/.635 with three homers, eight RBI and three steals.
Nick Williams, OF, Phillies (at Blue Jays, Friday-Sunday): Look! They let Williams steal a base! Not only that, but Williams has a solid .833 OPS this month while pushing his OBP above .330 on the season.
Travis Jankowski, OF, Padres (at Rockies, Tuesday-Thursday): Six steals of late (four against the Phillies last Sunday) has pushed his total to 20 on the season. If he’s able to maintain the .425 OBP he’s had this month, Jankowski should push to 30 and beyond as it appears the Padres have given him a green light.
Niko Goodrum, IF/OF, Tigers (vs. White Sox, Thursday-Sunday): Streaky type who will hit double digits in both homers and steals, Goodrum is batting just .206 against Chicago this season, but has stolen four bases against them.
Willy Adames, 2B/SS, Rays (vs. Royals, Monday-Thursday): Adames has already equaled the three homers he had before this month while making obvious adjustments at the plate. After hitting .157 in July, the rookie is swinging it at a .354 clip this month.
Matt Chapman, 3B, Athletics (vs. Rangers, Monday-Wednesday): Chapman flat out batters Rangers pitching, scalding them with a .347/.429/.653 slash along with three triples (???) and three homers.
Kevin Plawecki, C, Mets (vs. Nationals, Friday-Sunday): A dormant bat has shown some life in the past week, as Plawecki put together a 1.017 OPS with eight RBI.
Amed Rosario, SS, Mets (vs. Nationals, Friday-Sunday): The steals have been there, but the power is starting to rear its head with a pair of homers this past week. Rosario has a reasonable shot at getting 10 homers and 20 steals this season.
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