Marlins to Add on Waivers and Stream in Fantasy Baseball This Week
Your Fantasy Baseball Planner includes Two-Turn Pitchers, Streamers and Top Options on Waivers
Atop the list of things I love about Fantasy Baseball is the latter days of August and September, where a host of new faces that makes me feel like I’m watching a 1988 episode of WWF Wrestling Challenge. Some may stick around, yet there are others who come and go faster than a match between Ted DiBiase versus S.D. “Special Delivery” Jones. Like Jones, though, even a jobber has his day, so let’s dedicate this week’s Fantasy planner to Jones and the rest of the cannon fodder that helps the main eventers look so good.
Pitching For Two, Please (Recommended two-start pitchers)
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals (at Phillies, Monday; vs. Brewers, Sunday): His Fantasy usage has him -- for lack of a better term -- slumming away from the Kershaws and Scherzers of the world. He’s a great start on Monday, as he sports a 2.33 ERA away from D.C. and has averaged better than a strikeout per inning in his three previous career starts against Milwaukee.
Edwin Jackson, Athletics (at Astros, Monday; vs. Mariners, Saturday): Don’t be intimidated by starting Jackson at Houston, as he has allowed just one homer this season on the road. He’s just as effective at home, where Jackson has limited batters to a paltry .205 batting average at Overstock.com Coliseum (speaking of Overstock.com, what happened to her?).
Trevor Cahill, Athletics (at Astros, Tuesday; vs. Mariners, Sunday): Touched up in his last start, but Cahill’s worth a play when you consider he has yet to allow a homer this month and has an impressive 3:1 K/BB rate. I love him on Sunday, as he is 4-0 with an 0.85 ERA in eight starts at home.
Lance Lynn, Yankees (vs. White Sox, Monday; vs. Tigers, Saturday): He owns a win against both of this week’s opponents while putting together a composite 37:4 K/BB rate in 31.2 innings. Not known as a whiff artist, Lynn has fanned 33 over 26 innings this month.
Clay Buchholz, Diamondbacks (at Giants, Tuesday; at Dodgers, Sunday): It’s time to abstain from waiting for Buchholz to regress. Three runs or fewer in his last eight starts and starts at AT&T and Dodger Stadium are two calling cards when it comes to considering Buchholz as a serious Comeback Player of the Year candidate.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers (at Rangers, Tuesday; vs. Diamondbacks, Sunday): He’s not going to log heavy innings, but you’ll start Ryu this week because of his 10.4 K/9 rate and airtight 0.86 WHIP in his eight appearances this season.
Junior Guerra, Brewers (at Reds, Tuesday; vs. Nationals, Sunday): Hasn’t earned a win since July 8 but there’s reason for hope as Guerra enters the week having allowed three runs or fewer in three of his last four starts. Does need to shake the homer bug; his start against Cincinnati on Tuesday was his first without giving up a dinger since his last win more than six weeks ago.
Ivan Nova, Pirates (at Cardinals, Tuesday; at Braves, Sunday): Three straight quality outings but only a 1-2 record to show for it. Look, Nova can’t swing it to help his cause, but even the 1965 version of Sandy Koufax would have a hard time getting a W when the offense scores once in the last two starts.
Dellin Betances, P, Yankees: There’s an “It Takes a Village” mindset with Aroldis Chapman on the DL, but Betances will be the chief of said village. He’s gone from 28 percent to 41 percent owned in CBSSports.com leagues and will bring his version of pain into the ninth inning. In his last 10 appearances, Betances has struck out at least two batters six times, a number more impressive considering he’s never gone more than an inning in all but one appearance.
Kendrys Morales, DH, Blue Jays: Going into the weekend, Morales has turned his at-bats into extended batting practice, having gone four straight games with a homer while driving in eight runs. His recent spurt also added 21 points to his batting average and is a big reason why Morales is now at 27 percent in CBSSports.com leagues. Still more of a deeper league option, Morales is appealing in standard leagues that will allow owners to drop him once he cools off.
Lucas Giolito, P, White Sox: The strikeouts are starting to rise, as Giolito has six quality starts over his last nine outings. The overall ERA is still hideous, but he’s carved nearly a point off it while also developing more control. He’s now at 41 percent ownership in CBSSports.com leagues and while Michael Kopech is the new cool kid in the White Sox rotation, Giolito is showing the skills that once made him one of the game’s Top 5 prospects.
Touki Toussaint, P, Braves: The seventh-rated prospect in a deep Atlanta farm system was supposed to make a start over the weekend but will remain killing it in Triple-A for the rest of the month. He’s coming up when rosters expand, giving the Braves a youngster who is owned in 27 percent in CBSSports.com leagues. While Toussaint can dial it up into the upper 90s with his heater, it’s his downright filthy curve that’s going to make him a potential Fantasy mainstay sooner rather than later.
Todd Frazier, 3B, Mets: Streakier than my dating habits, Frazier appears to be in a good place, having produced a 1.032 OPS in the last couple of weeks while also pushing his batting average into the .230 range. Frazier’s current stretch has helped his ownership increase to 38 percent in CBSSports.com leagues while giving him a chance to hit at least 20 homers for a fifth straight season.
Rafael Ortega, OF, Marlins: Who? Most (as in the 93 percent of CBSSports.com leagues where he’s not owned) may not know Ortega, but if you need stolen bases, allow me to make the introduction. His days as a prospect are gone, but the 27-year-old has four steals in his first 13 games while also showing surprising plate discipline. Miami is better off giving Ortega a spot in the lineup, which means he must be considered if you’re seeking to find swipes this late in the season.
Cedric Mullins, OF, Orioles: The 5’8, 175-pounder looks like he should be slot receiver in the NFL, but Mullins’ .967 OPS is a clear response to those questioning his lack of size. Like Ortega, Mullins will stay in the lineup the rest of the way but at 23, he has more upside. Mullins is owned in 15 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and is someone who can use the remainder of the season to build his resume for sleeper status in 2019 drafts.
A Streaming We Will Go (Pitchers Edition)
Matthew Boyd, Tigers (vs. Royals, Wednesday): Over his last nine starts (53.2 innings), Boyd has struck out 51 batters while allowing just seven walks. Has not walked more than two batters in a game since June 19.
Freddy Peralta, Brewers (at Reds, Wednesday): Ooooh, that was a nasty start by Peralta on Wednesday, where he shut out Cincinnati over seven innings while allowing just three hits and fanning seven. I’ll take my chances on a similar outing.
Marco Gonzales, Mariners (at Padres, Wednesday): He’ll get a chance to end a miserable August on a good note as he faces one of the league’s worst offenses in a very pitcher-friendly ballpark. Numbers are mostly horrible this month, but he’s still striking out close to a batter per inning.
Walker Buehler, Dodgers (at Rangers, Wednesday): Like Peralta, Buehler had a brilliant outing on Wednesday, fanning nine Cardinals over seven innings of shutout ball. He’s allowed only four earned runs in his last five starts while striking out 38 batters.
Mike Clevinger, Indians (vs. Twins, Thursday): Three runs or fewer allowed in his last six starts, yet has only two wins to show for it. Has a solid 3.40 ERA in two starts against Minnesota this season.
Joe Musgrove, Pirates (at Cardinals, Thursday): His work this month (2.25 ERA, 0.85 WHIP) is a reminder that Musgrove can still live up to becoming a top-two starter in the Pirates rotation. Need more reason? Try five straight quality starts entering the weekend.
Antonio Senzatela, Rockies (at Padres, Thursday): Since watching his ERA soar to 5.55 on July 22, Senzatela has given up four runs over 16.2 innings, trimming 1.08 off his ERA in that span. Has allowed just three homers in 52.1 frames this season.
German Marquez, Rockies (at Padres, Friday): Like his Rockies teammate, Marquez has found himself after hitting a low point. He’s turned a 5.53 ERA to 4.42 entering the weekend and has a 2.89 ERA outside of Coors Field while holding batters to a .199 OBA.
A Streaming We Will Go (Hitters Edition)
Phillip Ervin, OF, Reds (vs. Brewers, Tuesday-Thursday): Now a staple in the Cincinnati outfield, Ervin has a .341/.375/.576 slashline since returning from the All-Star Break.
Austin Dean, OF, Marlins (vs. Blue Jays, Friday-Sunday): A Top 30 prospect in the Miami organization, Dean hit .345 in the minors before arriving to the bigs, where he’s homered twice and put up a ,905 OPS in his first seven games.
Tyler Austin, 1B, Twins (at Rangers, Friday-Sunday): Bat has been blistering since returning to the majors with a 1.049 OPS in his first 30 at-bats.
Jeff McNeil, 2B/3B, Mets (vs. Cubs, Monday-Wednesday): Yet another post-prospect type, McNeil is making the most of his first big league exposure with nine extra base hits and an impressive .387 OBP. Entered the weekend with an eight-game hitting streak.
Dansby Swanson, SS, Braves (vs. Pirates, Friday-Sunday): Is showing signs of breaking out of his post ASB funk with a pair of homers and a 1.137 OPS in his last seven games entering the weekend. The pop is a nice surprise but the steals (all three of ‘em) are something of a disappointment.
Greg Allen, OF, Indians (vs. Twins, Tuesday-Thursday): Oh, he’s Feeling Minnesota to the tune of a .346 batting average and .876 OPS in 26 at-bats along with three of his 12 steals.
Ramon Laureano, OF, Athletics (vs. Mariners, Thursday-Sunday): Surprising with his power thus far, Laureano has an ,800 OPS at home compared to a .347 OPS that makes small children weep.
Matt Wieters, C, Nationals (at Phillies, Monday-Wednesday): Let’s be honest and acknowledge that Wieters’ recent spurt at the plate (.883 OPS over the past two weeks) is more about him being among those that will be known as ex-Nationals come this winter.
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