Joey Bart, C, SFG (CBS: 19% rostered): Currently there are 34 catchers with ten or more at-bats. Of those 34 catchers, 16 are currently hitting below the Mendoza line. Only 11 have a BA of .250 or better. A callup for Joey Bart is likely still a couple of weeks down the road, but when the phone rings, you’ll want that bat in your everyday lineup.
Anthony Bass, RP, TOR (CBS: 30% rostered): Ken Giles is dealing with a forearm strain and is likely to be lost for an extended period. The Jays have turned to Anthony Bass to hold down the fort and for good cause. In four appearances he’s allowed but a scant one-hit. He’s already got that first save in the books and should have a solid hold on the job until the return of Giles.
Alec Bohm, 3B, PHI (CBS: 18% owned): If the Phillies had actually played more than three games, Bohm might already be on the active roster. In what should be a tight battle for a playoff spot in the NL East, the Phillies will look to their young slugger sooner rather than later.
Kris Bubic, SP, KCR (CBS: 7% rostered): The parade of young starters in Kansas City continues, with Kris Bubic following Brady Singer. Bubic scattered three hits and a walk while allowing a pair of earned runs over four innings in his debut against the White Sox. That will earn him a second start.
Dylan Carlson, OF, STL (CBS: 40% owned): Harrison Bader is sporting a .091 BA with one stolen base. Dexter Fowler is dealing with a wonky back and has one homer with a .294 OBP. Come on Cards. If you’re in it to win it, do something to prove that point and call up Carlson.
Tyler Chatwood, SP, CHC (CBS: 46% rostered): 2018 was an unmitigated disaster. 2019 showed an improvement, as he split his role between starting and the bullpen. In two starts this year, he is 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 12 2/3 IP and has allowed only one earned run. He’s likely to slow down at some point, but in the meantime ride the hot hand and find a home for him in your starting nine.
J.P. Crawford, SS, SEA (CBS: 21% rostered): Crawford is off to an amazing start. He is currently 12-for-33 at the dish and tied for the MLB lead in runs scored with ten. Toss in the pair of thefts and it will be cause to garner the attention of many a Fantasy player this Sunday. The Mariners young shortstop looks to finally be fulfilling that sky-high potential the Phillies saw in him when they made him the 16’th overall pick in the 2013 June Amateur Draft.
Brian Goodwin, OF, LAA (CBS: 25% rostered): While Jo Adell works on rounding out his game at the alternate site, Brian Goodwin is giving the Angels no reason to rush Adell into the lineup. A 7-for-18 week with two homers and six RBI is definitely getting the job done!
Nick Goody, RP, TEX (CBS: 9% rostered): Jose Leclerc joins Corey Kluber on the IL with a teres major strain in his right shoulder. Leclerc will be shut down for four weeks likely resulting in ending his 2020 campaign. Texas Manager Chris Woodward has already stated that he’s comfortable using a committee approach, so Jonathan Hernandez and Edison Volquez will also be in the mix. Goody successfully converted his first save opportunity, so we’ll give him a slight edge.
MacKenzie Gore, SP, SDP (CBS: 34% rostered): Joey Lucchesi is struggling badly, failing to get out of the second inning last night against the Rockies. The Padres are in a tough battle with the Dodgers and Rockies for a playoff spot in the NL West and will only exercise so much patience. How long will it be until we see MacKenzie Gore making his Padres debut? Not very long, should Lucchesi continue to struggle.
Cristian Javier, SP, HOU (CBS: 37% rostered): Javier enjoyed a strong MLB debut, allowing only two hits, one walk, and one earned run while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings against the high-powered Dodgers offense. He has a two-start week on the horizon with the struggling Arizona and Oakland offense on the table. Parting with some of that FAAB to ensure you have him in your active lineup next week is a solid plan.
Jeremy Jeffress, RP, CHC (CBS: 9% owned): Craig Kimbrel is struggling and very badly at that. The Cubbies are off to a great start, leading the NL Central with six victories in their first eight games and can’t afford to be turning victories into losses in the ninth inning. In the event that Kimbrel is replaced the most likely scenario is a committee. We mentioned Rowan Wick in Week One, so in Week Three let’s cover off on the balance of the current options for that committee and give Jeremy Jeffress a shout out.
Daniel Hudson, RP, WAS (CBS: 29% rostered): Sean Doolittle is struggling early-on getting that fastball velocity ramped up and into game day shape, so the Nationals have turned to Daniel Hudson in the interim to work the ninth. He more than held his own after the trade from Toronto last year and should continue that form into 2020.
James Karinchak, RP, CLE (CBS: 24% rostered): Brad Hand isn’t currently in danger of losing his job as closer, but he’s working on it. Karinchak already has one save under-his-belt this season, with a three-up three-down performance against the Twins. In three appearances this season totaling four innings, he is yet to allow a hit. Any extended struggles by Brad Hand and Karinchak could be manning the ninth inning on a regular basis.
Yusei Kikuchi, SP, SEA (CBS: 17% rostered): Kikuchi is coming off a strong six-inning shutout performance Saturday evening against the slumping A’s. Isn’t it amazing what happens when the fastball velocity is back into the mid-90s?
Seth Lugo, RP, NYM (CBS: 49% rostered): Edwin Diaz has allowed an earned run in each of his last two appearances and could be on the verge of losing his ninth-inning gig. Not that Seth Lugo has been on fire, because he hasn’t, but right now he’s probably the first option should the Mets determine a closer change is in order.
Nick Madrigal, 2B, CWS (CBS: 34% rostered): A Madrigal sighting has occurred, with the ChiSox promoting him Friday. Those elite contact skills and stolen base potential are oh so enticing.
Casey Mize, SP, DET (CBS: 31% rostered): Ron Gardenhire has done nothing to discourage that a Mize debut could be right around the corner. The Tigers were considering Mize as an option for today’s double-header but eventually decided to head in another direction. Spend a little of that FAAB now and save spending a lot in the near future.
Colin Moran, 3B, PIT (CBS: 28% rostered): Raise your hand if ten days into the 2020 season you had Colin Moran leading all of baseball with five homers.
Daniel Ponce de Leon, SP, STL (CBS: 9% rostered): The Cards are currently dealing with a coronavirus shortened pitching staff, forcing them into once more visiting the fountain of youth and a Ponce de Leon start. The three walks in 3 1/3 IP is concerning. The eight strikeouts should have your attention. He should be looking at a regular turn in the Cards rotation until the pitching is back to full strength.
Ryan Pressly, RP, HOU (CBS: 22% rostered): Roberto Osuna was pulled from his appearance Saturday night and is looking at an MRI today. The Astros bullpen is a mess and even though Pressly is currently banged up, has to be first-in-line should Osuna be looking at an IL stint. In the event that Pressly can’t answer the call, Bryan Abreu or the recently signed (gulp) Fernando Rodney are likely next-in-line.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP, KCR (CBS: 7% rostered): Mike Matheny looks to be going with a bullpen-by-committee approach with Rosenthal, Greg Holland, and Ian Kennedy all in the mix. In four appearances, Rosenthal has allowed no runs, earned a save Thursday against the Tigers, and most importantly has yet to allow a free pass. Could we be witnessing a return to the form that saw Rosenthal save a total of 93 games in 2014 and 2015?
Touki Toussaint, SP, ATL (CBS: 6% rostered): He got absolutely smoked in his 2020 debut against the Rays, but bounced back nicely in his second start against the Mets, tossing four shutout innings. He has the Jays next up on the schedule. I’ll roll the dice and bet on back-to-back solid outings.
Spencer Turnbull, SP, DET (CBS: 23% rostered): We’ve now witnessed two solid starts against the Reds in which Turnbull has worked 11 innings and allowed a total of only three earned runs. The 14 strikeouts are most impressive. The anemic Cards offense is next on the schedule. The odds are good he’ll have three solid starts under his belt by next week at this time.
Daulton Varsho, C, ARZ (CBS: 13% rostered): How valuable is a player that has catcher eligibility with double-digit stolen base potential over a full season? Very, very valuable. Find a home for him as your second catcher and enjoy the ride.
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Jairo Diaz, RP, COL (CBS: 3% rostered): Just when it was looking like Scott Oberg was on the verge of a return, he experiences a return of the blood clots in his right arm that sidelined him in 2019, and his 2020 season is finished. Wade Miley had a rough last outing in which he allowed four earned runs in 2/3 IP and just this morning was placed on the IL with a right shoulder strain. Jairo Diaz currently has three holds and has yet to allow a run in four appearances this year, making him the early favorite to close out games for the Rockies. Should he struggle, Carlos Estevez appears to be “Plan B”.
Ty France, 2B/3B, SDP (CBS: 4% rostered): Eric Hosmer has been dealing with stomach issues that have forced him to the IL. In the interim, it appears that Ty France will be sliding into his slot in the lineup. The BA should definitely a concern, but he did hit a total of 27 homers at Triple-A in 2019 and a further seven in 184 at-bats with the Padres.
Ben Gamel, OF, MIL (CBS: 2% rostered): The news that Lorenzo Cain has opted out of the remainder of 2020 creates an opportunity for journeyman Ben Gamel. A little pop, a little speed, and a guarantee of everyday at-bats makes for a solid acquisition in deeper formats.
Cole Sulser, RP, BAL (CBS: 2% rostered): “It would appear that Mychal Givens will be working the ninth-inning to start the season for the O’s.” It would appear that we were wrong. Sulser has now converted back-to-back save opportunities and looks to have secured the closer role in Baltimore.
Taylor Williams, RP, SEA (CBS: 3% owned): Remember when Yoshi Hirano, Austin Adams, and Matt Magill were going to be fighting for saves in the Mariners bullpen? Ten days in and Taylor Williams is leading the bullpen with two saves. It’s time to get him rostered in all formats.