Jonah Heim, C, TEX (CBS: 1% rostered): Heim has had four hits this week, with three of them leaving the yard. In deeper two-catcher formats, a small bid will allow you the opportunity to see if he can continue his current tear into next week.
Francisco Mejia, C, TAM (CBS; 13% rostered): July has been a very good month (13-for-41 with 2 HR) for the former Padre top-prospect. As a #2 type catcher in two-catcher sets, he’s proving to be an asset.
Patrick Wisdom, 1B/3B, CHC (CBS: 41% rostered): “The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. Napoleon Bonaparte” Everyday at-bats also helps!
Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS, COL (CBS: 45% rostered): It has been a good week for Brendan Rodgers. No, make that a great week as Saturday he slugged his fourth homer of the week. Maybe that top-prospect potential is finally coming to fruition?
Carter Kieboom, 3B, WAS (CBS: 10% rostered): The deadline definitely impacted the everyday lineup in Washington and one of the beneficiaries is Carter Kieboom. Kieboom wasn’t exactly tearing it up down on the farm, hitting five homers with a .236 BA in 148 at-bats, but now has the opportunity to play every day down the stretch. Let’s hope for a better performance from the 23-year-old this time around.
Rafael Ortega, OF, CHC (CBS: 1% rostered): There’s nothing like a series of deadline deals to give a 30-year-old journeyman an opportunity to play every day. Not only play but hitting at the top-of-the-order. A little pop, decent speed, and the opportunity to score some runs are Ortega’s for the taking.
Myles Straw, OF, CLE (CBS: 38% rostered): The name of the game for Straw is speed as evident by the 17 thefts in 325 at-bats this season. Moving from the fourth outfielder role in Houston to Cleveland and a chance to play every day, quite possibly at the top-of-the-order, won’t hurt either!
Edward Olivares, OF, KCR (CBS: 3% rostered): The Jorge Soler trade to the Braves has once again created an audition opportunity for Olivares. He has been tearing it up down on the farm with 13 homers, 12 stolen bases, and a .322 BA in 208 at-bats. It’s time to see what he can do on the big stage and hopefully, he sees regular at-bats for the balance of 2021. Jarrod Dyson and Michael Taylor are not the long-term answer in Kansas City!
Tyler Anderson, SP, SEA (CBS: 31% rostered): In his past six starts, Anderson has settled into a nice groove. He hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of them and escaping Pittsburgh for T-Mobile Park vaults him into the early discussion for AL Cy Young favorite heading into 2023.
Reid Detmers, SP, LAA (CBS: 25% rostered): The trade of Andrew Heaney has opened up a spot in the Halos rotation, and who better than to fill that slot than top pitching prospect Reid Detmers. He has had an amazing year and quite possibly the fastest-rising pitching prospect in the game, so even with a scant one-start at Triple-A, don’t forget about that huge strikeout potential when making your FAAB plans for this week.
Daulton Jefferies, SP, OAK (CBS: 9% rostered): James Kapreilian has hit the 10-day IL with inflammation in the AC joint in his right shoulder, creating an opportunity for Jefferies. After a great Spring, he started the season dealing with biceps tendinitis, missing most of May. He hasn’t had a great season, but one does have to be optimistic, especially when looking at the fact that he has only allowed nine walks in 59 IP at Triple-A Las Vegas. It’s going to be a fun Sunday afternoon watching Jefferies and Reid Detmers going pitch-for-pitch.
Elieser Hernandez, SP, MIA (CBS: 22% rostered): It has been a tough year for Elieser Hernandez with two long IL stints, but a mid-August return to the Marlins rotation is looking like a very real possibility. He is coming off 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in his first rehab start for the Blue Wahoos, tossing in three strikeouts for good measure. Don’t forget to add him to your plans for this week.
Ranger Suarez, RP, PHI (CBS: 31% rostered): The Phillies brought in Ian Kennedy from the Rangers to close out games and are now looking at stretching out Suarez. The Matt Moore experiment has concluded. Suarez performed exceptionally well in his bullpen role this year, so why not give him a shot at returning to his starting role?
Kyle Finnegan, RP, WAS (CBS: 18% rostered): The departure of Brad Hand and Daniel Hudson has created an opportunity for saves in Washington, and it appears that Kyle Finnegan with two successful saves on his 2021 resume is the early leader to own the job down the stretch.
David Bednar, RP, PIT (CBS: 16% rostered): With Rich Rodriguez moving to the Braves in a deadline deal, the closer gig is up for grabs in Pittsburgh. Bednar is enjoying a great year, posting a 2.85 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts in 40 IP. He should be first-in-line for the ninth-inning job and based on what we’ve seen from him this year, could very easily take the job and run with it.
Mason Thompson, RP, WAS (CBS: not rostered): In Dynasty Leagues it might be time to find room for the fastball/slider combination of Mason Thompson. Acquired from the Padres in the Daniel Hudson deal, a high leverage role in the Nationals bullpen could be right around the corner.
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