Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG (CBS: 24% rostered): It’s time to revisit the Belt for HOF discussion. He returned from his most recent IL stint on Thursday and in three games since returning has hit three balls out of the park. This leaves him six homers shy of the never attained 20-homer mark with 51 games left on the schedule. I’m betting he finally gets there.
Kyle Farmer, 1B/2B/SS/3B, CIN (CBS: 43% rostered): I’ve been trying to forget about Kyle Farmer every week, but every week he does something that is far from forgettable. The hits just keep on coming. Can I explain it? No, but I’ve given up trying. Just add him to your Fantasy squad and hope the hit parade keeps on a keeping on.
Josh Rojas, 2B/SS/OF, ARZ (CBS: 47% rostered): Josh Rojas return from a dislocated pinkie looks to be just around the corner. He has been one of the few bright lights in a dismal year in Arizona and should return to the top-of-the-order and provide opportunities to boost your runs scored numbers this week.
Hoy Jun Park, SS/OF, PIT (CBS: 2% rostered): I mentioned back in Week #15 that I thought the Yankees might give Park a shot and was wrong. Instead, they moved him to the Pirates who have given him an opportunity and he’s holding his own. Since the trade he has gone 8-for-21, batting mainly at the top-of-the order. In deeper and NL-only formats, he’s worthy of our attention.
Carter Kieboom, 3B, WAS (CBS: 19% rostered): We mentioned Carter Kieboom last week with cautious optimism and so far, so good. In his first full week in the Nationals lineup he went 8-for-23 with two homers and six RBI. Based on the hot start the interest level and related FAAB spending should be a bit higher this weekend.
Odubel Herrera, OF, PHI (CBS: 12% owned): It has been a good week for Odubel Herrera as he has slugged two homers and driven in five runs. He should be hitting at the top-of-the-order down the stretch, and with Jean Segura, Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, and Rhys Hoskins hitting behind him, score a ton of runs.
Lewis Brinson, OF, MIA (CBS: 2% rostered): I swore it wouldn’t happen, but here we are. Yes, I’m recommending Lewis Brinson this week. Why? He has gone 8-for-21 with a homer and seven RBI in his past six games and last night he did the unthinkable and took a walk. He has had a good week, something the rest of the Marlin offense hasn’t.
Edward Olivares, OF, KCR (CBS: 10% rostered): Three homers in the span of four games should propel him into everyday at-bats moving forward. Ryan O’Hearn should not be a stumbling block to opportunities for the young Kansas City outfielder. Let’s hope that the Royals agree!
Daniel Lynch, SP, KCR (CBS: 19% rostered): The horrid start to Lynch’s career has been replaced by cautious optimism as he has now reeled off a string of three solid starts, against the Tigers, Jays, and White Sox. It’s time to give him another look in deeper Leagues.
Tanner Houck, SP, BOS (CBS: 42% rostered): The question would be is their room in the Boston rotation for the 25-year-old Houck once Chris Sale returns? I believe there is, but only time will tell if Boston feels the same way. A small bid right now is a far better option than waiting to find out and parting with a big chunk of that remaining FAAB.
Luis Gil, SP, NYY (CBS: 23% rostered): Round One went surprising well. Gil tossed six shutout innings Tuesday against the Orioles. Round Two is Sunday, again against a mediocre offense in the Mariners. The stuff is good, but the big bugaboo has always been the free passes. This year he allowed 36 walks in 60 innings between Double and Triple-A. He is definitely worthy of our attention, but you might want to leave him on the bench next week when he’ll be facing off against the vaunted White Sox offense at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Vladimir Gutierrez, SP, CIN (CBS: 30% rostered): Gutierrez has enjoyed an inconsistent first year in Cincinnati with plenty of both highs and lows. It’s not unexpected. What should have our attention are two things. One, he has reeled off a string of three good starts. Secondly, the Reds have a total of 20 of their remaining 51 games against the Cubs, Marlins, and Pirates. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
Marco Gonzales, SP, SEA (CBS: 45% rostered): It hasn’t been a great season for Gonzales, but in his last three starts he has allowed a total of three earned-runs, including tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings in the Bronx Zoo in his last outing. He has the rather inept Ranger’s offense at T-Mobile Park up next. It’s time to find a home for him on your active roster for that next start.
Ross Stripling, SP, TOR (CBS: 40% rostered): A rough patch saw many deserting the one-time Dodger, but lately Stripling has bounced back rather nicely, hi-lited by six shutout innings against the Indians in his last outing. It’s time to jump back on the bandwagon!
Griffin Jax, SP, MIN (CBS: 3% rostered): Jax looked to be seriously overmatched, getting slapped around in his first five appearances to the tune of 17 earned runs in 17 2/3 IP. Then came the sixth appearance where he allowed only one-earned over four innings against a very good White Sox offense. He followed that up with back-to-back solid outings against the Cards and Astros. In AL-only Leagues that should be enough to garner our attention.
Jonathan Loaisiga, RP, NYY (CBS: 26% rostered): Aroldis Chapman has found his way to the 10-day IL with left elbow inflammation. The good news is that an MRI confirmed there is no structural damage. Until Chapman returns, Loaisiga and his 2.48 ERA and strikeout-per-inning potential will move into the closer role and should excel.
Alex Colome, RP, MIN (CBS: 22% rostered): The Twins brought in Alex Colome this year to help stabilize their bullpen and like so many other things in Minnesota this year it simply didn’t work out. Taylor Rogers moved into the closer role and is now hurt and may not pitch again this season. Hansel Robles was traded to the Mets at the deadline. That would leave Rocco Baldelli with Alex Colome once again closing out games and with two in the past week should prove to be the preferred option in Minnesota for the balance of 2021.
Manuel Rodriguez, RP, CHC (CBS: 2% rostered): I sure didn’t see Rodriguez moving into a position of prominence this early but kudos to the Cubs for giving the kid and the future a good look down the stretch. He earned his first save this week against the Rockies and then got lit up in his next outing courtesy of the White Sox. For those playing in Dynasty Leagues, get him stashed away now as the Cubs will be looking at the kid and hoping for success not only this year but moving forward into 2022.
Dylan Floro, RP, MIA (CBS: 19% rostered): All the cash was on Anthony Bender to assume the closer role when Yimi Garcia was moved at the trade deadline. Everyone forgot about Dylan Floro except the Marlins. With two saves in the past week, it’s time we remembered.