We’ve reached the point in the season at which you know if your Fantasy team is any good. You can look up and down your roster, or the standings, and see exactly what your strengths and weaknesses are.
While there may not be one player who can solve all of your issues, there are players widely available in leagues that can help you improve in a single standard 5×5 hitting category (runs, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases, batting average). If your team’s biggest weakness is runs scored, we need to find you a speedy, lead-off-type hitter. If the problem is home runs or RBIs, then it’s time to find a middle-of-the-order power guy.
Just as you team has strengths and weaknesses, these players’ positives are your negatives, making them a quick fix to help turn your team around in the coming days, weeks, and months. Owned in less than 40 percent of leagues, these waiver wire finds will definitely help you in one category, but will also likely improve your team in other hitting categories as well.
So ditch your deep sleeper pick (if you haven’t already) and make a move to improve your roster. These five hitters will each help owners in a specific standard hitting category and ultimately boost where your team stands as we hit the dog days of summer. If you need home runs and RBIs, runs and stolen bases, or simply to improve your batting average, pick up these widely available waiver finds and reap the benefits for weeks to come.
Look to This Leadoff Hitter to Score Runs
Following a lost season with the Cardinals, when he missed much of the year due to wrist issues, Jon Jay was acquired by the Padres as part of a complete overhaul this past offseason. Having some big shoes to fill, left by the void of losing Justin Upton to a massive contract in Detroit, Jay has thrived since taking over as the Padres’ everyday leadoff hitter.
The outfielder is on a career-high pace in runs, hits, and doubles, but it’s his ability to score runs that makes him in interesting add, especially since he’s owned in less than 10 percent of leagues. With a .287 career batting average, Jay has quietly been getting on base and scoring a run in every other game he plays. His 31 runs in 62 games put him on pace to score 80 or more runs this season, a nice number for a player so lightly owned.
Jay has also scored 10 runs since the start of June and is the Padres’ unquestioned leadoff hitter, batting in front of two quality RBI guys in Wil Myers and Matt Kemp. That means he’ll have lots of run-scoring opportunities, and while the Padres may not score all that many runs in comparison to the rest of the league, the centerfielder is often involved when they do.
If you need runs and want a player that won’t hurt you with his batting average, then jump to add Jay as a fourth outfielder or utility guy.
Big Boppers Supply Homers and RBIs
Since home runs and RBIs go hand in hand, I’m going to give you two players who can help your Fantasy team in those two categories. Brandon Moss, a player who has hit 30 home runs before, is owned in less than 35 percent of leagues despite racking up 14 jacks and 33 RBIs in less than 60 games. Last season, he hit 19 homers and had 58 RBIs in 145 games between St. Louis and Cleveland, so to say he’s on pace to surpass those numbers is an understatement.
As long as the Cardinals keep finding a spot for him in the lineup, either in the outfield or at first base, the proven power hitter should end up with a new career high in both categories. With multi-hit games in five of his last six starts, now is the time to add his hot bat as he seems to be heating up along with the weather.
Another hitter who has been smacking homers at a great rate is Dae-Ho Lee. The Korean import has begun his Major League career with 10 homers in his first 108 at-bats and there are rumblings in Seattle that he will begin to see starts against right-handed pitchers due to Adam Lind’s slow start to the season.
If Lee gets more at bats, and that looks to be the case, watch out for his home run and RBI numbers to continue trending upward along with his ownership (five percent of leagues). The first baseman is trending toward the better side of his platoon, making him a sneaky add with great power potential.
Speedster Keeps Snagging Bags for Indians
Rajai Davis is a guy that’s stolen 50 bases previously and eclipsed 35 four other times in his career. With 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts this year, Davis is a player who can lead the league in stolen bases, yet he’s only owned in 35 percent of leagues. He’s also on pace to hit double-digit home runs for the first time in his career, making the outfielder a must-add in mixed leagues moving forward.
Davis is playing every day for the Indians and should be doing so for your Fantasy team as well. Add him to your team and let the speedster carry you up the stolen base standings.
Prado Provides Bump to Batting Average
Martin Prado seems to be under-rated and under-owned year after year. The infielder, and his career .293 batting average, is a valuable asset for most Fantasy teams.
With 79 hits through 60 games along with a .332 batting average, Prado’s multi-position eligibility (2B and 3B) and consistency hitting atop the Marlins’ lineup make him a player worth adding. While he only has two homers so far this season, he’s racked up nine or more every season since 2009. He will keep hitting and should pick up his home run pace as we head into the summer.
Add Prado and these other waiver wire finds to improve your squad — one category at a time.