Joey Bart, C, SFG (CBS: 22% rostered): The left thumb contusion that sent Better Posey to the 10-day IL has resulted in Joey Bart getting the call. He went 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI in his 2021 debut. How long will Posey be sidelined? The answer to that question is yet to be defined, but it’s worth a small bid on Bart to find out.
Rowdy Tellez, 1B, MIL (CBS: 7% rostered): Keston Hiura is currently not a full-time bat and the addition of Rowdy Tellez from the Jays to more than likely platoon with Hiura is a smart and relatively inexpensive gamble. The abbreviated 2020 campaign was a good one for Tellez and the Brewers are hoping he replicate that production down the stretch.
John Nogowski, 1B, PIT (CBS: 1% rostered): The 28-year-old Nogowski was acquired from the Cardinals for cash considerations at the beginning of July. Filling in for the injured Colin Moran, Nogowski is off to a great start going 13-for-24 at the dish and could provide injury respite in NL-only formats.
Vidal Brujan, 2B, TAM (CBS: 54% rostered): A strong debut in which he flashed that top-shelf speed and stole his first base was followed up by a 0-for-3 effort and two days riding the pine. He’ll definitely provide a boost to your speed numbers, but it’s the Rays and the Rays do what they do. Expecting full-time everyday at-bats is asking for something that rarely occurs in Tampa Bay. Bid accordingly.
Hoy Jun Park, SS, NYY (CBS: 1% rostered): Clint Frazier has struggled and is currently on the IL with a yet to be determined malady. Aaron Hicks is on the 60-day IL after wrist surgery and is unlikely to return this season. Brett Gardner is currently penciled into center field and is sporting a robust .613 OPS. Maybe, just maybe, the Yankees will give Hoy Jun Park a call and see what the kid has to offer. At Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre he is sporting a .342 BA with an incredible .495 OBP. Toss in eight homers and six stolen bases and Park is enjoying quite the season. Brett Gardner and Tim Locastro are not the everyday answer in the Yankees outfield.
Jose Miranda, 3B, MIN (CBS: 3% rostered): The 23-year-old corner infielder is enjoying a huge year at St. Paul. In 234 at-bats, Miranda has pummeled the opposition, slugging 16 home runs with 46 RBI and a great .346 BA. The Twins should be tearing it down in the second half being they are currently 15 games behind the front-running White Sox and Miranda should be in-line for an early second half audition.
Ben Gamel, OF, PIT (CBS: 4% rostered): Over the past 14 days Gamel has hit five homers, driven in ten runs, and has produced a .404 OBP while filling in for the injury depleted Pirates. It may only be a short-term gig, but he’s currently tearing it up and more than worthy of our attention.
Oscar Mercado, OF, CLE (CBS: 3% rostered): A 3-for-4 Saturday night against the Royals with a home run, stolen base and four RBI rekindles those memories of that breakout 2019 campaign.
Drew Waters, OF, ATL (CBS: 15% rostered): The horrible injury suffered yesterday by Ronald Acuna leaves the Braves outfield in a rather precarious situation. Will the Braves turn to one of their top prospects to help fill the void? Waters got off to a slow start, but since the calendar flipped over to July has been on fire, slugging two homers with 8 RBI, three thefts, and a .389 BA. It’s worth a small bid to secure that power/speed combo as we enter the second half.
Kole Calhoun, OF, ARZ (CBS: 30% rostered): It has been a tough start to the 2021 season for Kole Calhoun, with a serious hamstring injury limiting him to only 51 at-bats. Well, he’s back and for those looking for power numbers, it is important to remember that in 2019 he mashed 33 homers and in only 190 at-bats last season added a further 16 taters. It’s time to part with some of that FAAB.
Brian Goodwin, OF, CWS (CBS: 4% rostered): Pressed into service because of injuries and ineffectiveness, Goodwin should receive a steady diet of at-bats on the South Side until the walking wounded start returning.
Triston McKenzie, SP, CLE (CBS: 8% rostered): Seven shutout innings of one hit one walk baseball with nine strikeouts should have our attention. His effort yesterday against the Royals was by far his best outing of a rather tough 2021. Is it a sign that better days are ahead? It’s worth spending a few bucks to find out.
Ryan Weathers, RP/SP, SDP (CBS: 35% rostered): The 21-year-old southpaw is currently sporting a 3.02 ERA to go along with four victories. The Padres rotation currently has a few more unanswered questions than answers and hopefully Weathers steps up and provides a steady fifth day option for both San Diego and your Fantasy squad in the second half.
Wily Peralta, RP/SP, DET (CBS: 14% rostered): The veteran reliever has been stretched out and is looking at a regular turn in the Tigers rotation over the balance of the 2021 campaign. In his past two starts he has earned victories against the Indians and Rangers, allowing no earned runs with 11 strikeouts in 12 IP. The one-time Brewer starter is looking to reclaim some of that 2014 magic.
Joakim Soria, RP, ARZ (CBS: 18% rostered): Looking at the DBacks bullpen, Soria is not only the best option but he is pretty much also the only option. With three saves in his past five appearances, he has cemented that fact.
Anthony Bender, RP, MIA (CBS: 9% rostered): Yimi Garcia has done a fine job as the closer for the Marlins, but he’s heading into Free Agency and could very well be moved at the deadline. Bender, behind the stellar 1.59 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 28 1/3 IP, is the likely candidate to benefit should Garcia be traded or stumble in the second half.
Andrew Chafin, RP, CHC (CBS: 8% rostered): The news that the Cubs are actively shopping Craig Kimbrel should not come as a surprise, but with each move comes another and the Cubs will need someone to cover off on the ninth inning assuming the Cubs find a take for Kimbrel. Why not Andrew Chafin? He has owned the setup role this year and comes with a solid resume of stats including 17 holds and a 1.42 ERA. A dollar now could save you a bundle down the road.