With the MLB trade deadline looming that also means that your Fantasy trade deadline is on its way. If you haven’t yet initiated trade talks, thankfully there are other ways to make moves around this time of the year.
Instead of making a deal, a much simpler solution is to find a player coming off the disabled list sitting on waivers. For some odd reason, many owners choose to drop an injured player rather stash them in a DL spot and that allows for a few helpful Fantasy performers to be had for close to nothing. This group of quietly valuable players sitting on the waiver wire won’t be around much longer, so act fast as they’ll be gone soon after coming off the DL.
These players on the road to recovery make for easy additions to any team. Scour the waiver wire for this group of former Fantasy studs, who will be activated from the DL within the coming days or weeks, and you’ll have a reinforcement or two ready for your roster as the calendar turns to August.
Act Now: Claim the Diamondbacks’ Cleanup Hitter
David Peralta was set to be a breakout Fantasy star when we entered the 2016 season. His year started out just as planned (21 runs, 15 RBIs and four homers through 41 games) until he hit the DL with a lower back sprain on June 20. It seems like lots of owners got fed up with an uncertain timetable for his return to the Diamondbacks, as the young outfielder is owned in less half of leagues across the board.
If we extrapolate his numbers from the start of 2016, Peralta was on pace for a similar season to last year, when he smacked 17 homers, racked up 78 RBIs and scored 61 runs while stealing nine bags and putting together a .312 batting average. That’s a quality first full Major League season, one in which he ranked in the Top 100, for a player set to bat behind Paul Goldschmidt for the final months of 2016.
Peralta will be back in the cleanup spot for the D-Backs shortly, and how many cleanup hitters can you find on waivers at this point in the season? The answer is one: Peralta. Get Peralta on your team before another owner smartens up and does so. He’ll provide a nice boost to any playoff-worthy squad during the season’s stretch run.
Giants Infielder Makes for Good Grab
Another hitter coming off a Top 100 season is the Giants’ Matt Duffy. The infielder is about to start a rehab assignment after hitting the disabled list on June 20 due to a strained left Achilles. In his first full MLB season, Duffy put up great numbers — a .295 average, 12 homers and stolen bases, and 77 runs and RBIs. That’s a player who should be owned across the board, yet he’s rostered in less than half of standard leagues. And he’s eligible at both second and third base (corner and middle infield) to boot.
Once activated, Duffy should slide right back in to meat of the Giants order, and he looks to be on track for an early August return. Add Duffy, stash him on your DL, and wait for some more good news in the coming weeks.
Rockies Outfielder Almost Ready for Return
Any time I can get a hitter that plays half of his games at Coors Field, I jump at the opportunity. Gerardo Parra fits that mold and is due back with the Rockies, once he completes his current Minor League rehab assignment, likely later this week.
Even with Carlos Gonzalez and/or Charlie Blackmon likely on their way out of town, Parra should have lots of RBI chances this August and September. If everything goes according to plan, expect 10 homers and 10 stolen bases along with a near-.300 batting average for the veteran lefty.
Plan to pick up and plug Parra into your lineup in the coming days, so you can reap the benefits of a notoriously underrated hitter in the coming months.
Veteran Slugger to Provide Summer Punch for Nats
Ryan Zimmerman’s numbers once the calendar turns to August are Fantasy gold. In 250 August games, the corner infielder is batting .305 with a career-best 43 home runs and 163 RBIs in that calendar month. With almost identical September stats, Zimmerman is primed to produce once he is activated from the DL for Tuesday’s contest.
He’s also going to be hitting behind, arguably, the best player in baseball in Bryce Harper, meaning his RBI opportunities should be plentiful. Zimmerman isn’t a flashy name at this point in his career, but he should absolutely offer serviceable stats while in the middle of the Nationals’ lineup moving forward.
Zimmerman is an easy add, owned in just 25 percent of leagues; so snag the former first-round pick if your team needs a quick RBI production boost.
Snag This Surgically Repaired Reds Pitcher
Pitching is always a premium at the trade deadline and one could-be ace is ready to return from Tommy John surgery. Homer Bailey is set to meet the Reds in San Francisco this week and will likely then be activated from the DL; yet this seems to be going widely unnoticed in the Fantasy world. The big right-hander is owned in just two percent of leagues, but his upside is well worth a roster spot.
In his three seasons prior to the injury, Bailey had a high-3.00 ERA and averaged nearly a strikeout an inning. If he can come close to those numbers, you’ve got a top-of-the-rotation arm sitting right in front of you, ready for the taking.
Add Bailey before he and these soon-to-return hitters are activated from the DL, as they should all provide dividends for your Fantasy team for the remainder of the summer.