Elias Diaz, C, COL (CBS: 5% rostered): It hasn’t been a great season for the 30-year-old backstop, but he has feasted on both the Pirates and Cardinals pitching during the Rockies recent homestand. Four homers in four consecutive games this past week will attest to that fact.
Jace Peterson, 1B/2B/OF, MIL (CBS: 4% rostered): Over his past six games, Peterson has been on a tear going 10-for-22 with one homer and 11 RBI. Toss in the roster flexibility and in deeper Leagues he could be just what the doctor ordered.
Enrique Hernandez, 2B/OF, BOS (CBS: 31% rostered): Hernandez is now up to 10 homers (four in his past seven games), 28 RBI, and 40 runs scored out of the leadoff slot in Boston. Being rostered to the tune of only 31 percent seems a tad on the low side for a player you know will score a ton of runs hitting at the top of the order in Beantown.
Josh Harrison, 2B/3B/OF, WAS (CBS: 19% rostered): Harrison is doing something very important in the big scheme of things in Washington, he’s staying off of the IL. The Nats have players dropping like flies forcing them to look at Harrison at the top-of-the-order. With Trea Turner and Juan Soto hitting behind him it should generate plenty of run-scoring opportunities.
Jake Burger, 3B, CWS (CBS: 8% rostered): It’s great to see Jake Burger finally healthy and contributing. In 171 at-bats at Triple-A Charlotte, he amassed 10 homers, 36 RBI, and an outstanding .964 OPS. Should the hand injury suffered by Yoan Moncada result in an IL stint, Burger looks to be the best option for the White Sox to fill that void. In AL-only and deep Mixed Leagues, it’s worth a small bid to find out.
Oscar Mercado, OF, CLE (CBS: 2% rostered): Do you remember when Oscar Mercado was the hottest thing since sliced bread? Well, it was a while back, 2019 to be exact and after toiling in the Minors most of the past two seasons he has finally been released from purgatory and is back with the big league squad. Based on the power/speed potential a small speculative bid could net some solid rewards.
Garrett Cooper, 1B/OF, MIA (CBS: 22% rostered): it has been a tough start to the 2021 campaign for Gettett Cooper. A lumbar strain, an oblique injury, a foot problem, and an adverse reaction to a Covid-19 vaccination shot have seriously limited his ability to stay on the field. Finally healthy, he’s starting to put up some numbers with two homers and six RBI to his credit over the past five starts. In deeper Mixed League he’s worthy of a small bid.
Jarren Duran, OF, BOS (CBS: 37% rostered): Duran was recently left off of the Olympic roster and the reason for it does not require an explanation. Down on the farm, he has mashed 15 homers, driven in 31 runs, swiped 10 bases, and is sporting a .969 OPS. This is a pretty good indication that he doesn’t have a lot left to prove at Triple-A.
Harrison Bader, OF, STL (CBS: 11% rostered): Multiple stints on the IL have contributed to a total of only 85 at-bats but even with that limited playing time he hit five homers and stole three bases. He’s finally healthy and back in the everyday lineup and with that comes the hope for bigger and better numbers as we head into the second half.
Merrill Kelly, SP, ARZ (CBS: 33% rostered): On the surface that 4.67 ERA doesn’t scream “got to have him in my lineup” but it’s been a different tune of late. In his past three starts, all victories (which in Arizona is bordering on a miracle) he has allowed a total of only four earned runs over 20 innings and chipped in with 17 strikeouts. With a $5.25 million club option for 2022, Kelly could find himself a hot commodity at the trade deadline.
Kyle Muller, SP, ATL (CBS: 41% rostered): In a bit of a surprising move, the Braves optioned Muller to Triple-A Gwinnett after his outing on Saturday. He has yet to give up more than three runs in any of his three starts this year and you can be guaranteed that he’ll be back with Atlanta sooner rather than later. It’s a good time to be buying low.
Jordan Lyles, SP, TEX (CBS: 6% rostered): Every Fantasy squad needs #5/6 type starters, and Jordan Lyles pitching in pitcher-friendly Globe Life Field, shouldn’t be forgotten. In his past three outings, he has two wins while allowing a total of only five earned runs. Those numbers are definitely worthy of a roster spot in deeper Leagues.
Chad Green, RP, NYY (CBS: 16% rostered): In his past four appearances Aroldis Chapman has allowed a total of seven earned runs including his first career grand slam. No, he currently isn’t in danger of losing his job, but the struggling Yankees need the Chapman performing at the level we witnessed in the first two months of the season. Should Chapman be dealing with an injury or need an opportunity to recharge the batteries, Green is a most competent option. An ounce of prevention can prove to be worth a pound of cure.
Cole Sulser, RP, BAL (CBS: 6% rostered): It’s a closer-by-committee situation in Baltimore but lately the O’s have turned to Sulser and for good cause. He has two saves in his past three appearances and is sporting a 2.05 ERA on the season with 43 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings. He will be an option in Baltimore, along with Paul Fry, and quite possibly the best option in the second half.
Heath Hembree, RP, CIN (CBS: 1% rostered): I sure didn’t see this move coming, but with the failures and injuries in Cincinnati, why not give Hembree a shot. So far so good as he recorded back-to-back saves on Friday and Saturday and currently looks to be the ninth-inning favorite for the Reds.
Ranger Suarez, RP, PHI (CBS: 5% rostered): Hector Neris had the ninth-inning gig for most of the season and then fell into tough times losing the job to Jose Alvarado. Alvarado has struggled since gaining Joe Girardi’s trust and now he’s turning to the 25-year-old Suarez. Suarez has posted great numbers this year and is definitely deserving of the opportunity. The million-dollar question is will he hold onto it.
Paul Sewald, RP, SEA (CBS: 4% rostered): Very quietly, Paul Sewald has been getting it done for the Mariners and is now penciled in the setup role in Seattle. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his past 14 appearances and is sporting a 23/ 5 K/BB ratio over those 14 appearances. Toss in the three wins, one save, and three holds and he’s a must roster in Leagues that count holds.
Bailey Falter, RP, PHI (CBS: 2% rostered): The Phillies called up Falter on June 14, and even though his longest stint has been four innings, he’s sporting a 2.57 ERA in six appearances with a stellar 16/1 K/BB ratio. The possibility that he could wind up starting games in Philly can’t be ruled out.
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