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Week 20

Tyler Austin, OF, New York Yankees (CBS: 3 per cent owned, ESPN: 6 per cent): It took less than 24 hours after the Alex Rodriguez departure for both Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin to debut with the Yankees and what a debut it was, as they accomplished a first by going deep back-to-back in their first at-bats. By one or both and enjoy the ride.

Kyle Barraclough, RP, Miami Marlins (CBS: 10 per cent owned, ESPN: 8 per cent): In a best case scenario, he manages to slide into the closer role and earn saves. In the worst case, you end up with a set up man with great strikeout rates. That seems like a win/win situation.

Matt Boyd, SP, Detroit Tigers (CBS: 15 per cent owned, ESPN: 5 per cent): Five earned runs in four starts in July. Three, in two starts in August. He’s coming off of a seven-inning two hit shutout in Arlington. It’s time we gave Matt Boyd a little more love.

C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (CBS: 23 per cent owned, ESPN: 8 per cent): The great start to July came crashing down as he suffered a broken hand eight games into the month. In those eight games he hit five homers with a whopping 17, yes 17 RBI. If all goes well, he could be activated as early as next week. He should immediately resume his place at first base for the Halos.

Yulieski Gurriel, 3B, Houston Astros (CBS: 39 per cent owned, ESPN: 13 per cent): If you want your shot at owning Gurriel, now is the time to be buying, as he’s slated to be activated next week. The ‘Stros didn’t invest $47.5 million over five years to have him riding the pine.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Houston Astros (CBS: 4 per cent owned, ESPN: n/a): After a disappointing 2015 in which Hernandez struck out a whopping 126 times in 470 at-bats, and a poor .219 BA, 2016 found him doing a complete turnaround. I’d say that 10 homers, 34 thefts, and a .307 BA more than qualifies as a turnaround. Carlos Gomez has been DFA’d, Colby Rasmus is on the DL, and Jake Marisnick is banged up, creating a short-term opportunity in the ‘Stros outfield. Just be very cognizant of the fact that Houston will have to find a home for Alex Bregman with the imminent arrival of Yulieski Gurriel. Bid accordingly.

Raisel Iglesias, SP/RP, Cincinnati Reds (CBS: 41 per cent owned, ESPN: 34 per cent): Iglesias earned his first save of the season last week and subsequently was called upon to get the final out in a non-save situation. Bryan Price has been non-committal moving forward but one would have to think that Iglesias is currently in the driver’s seat for saves in Cinci heading down the stretch. The great peripherals make this acquisition a no-brainer.

Dixon Machado, Detroit Tigers (CBS: 1 per cent owned, ESPN: unowned): Jose Iglesias hits the DL with a left hamstring strain and the Tigers have called up Machado to help fill the hole in the middle-infield. He went 17-for-21 in stolen bases at Triple-A in 432 at-bats with a strong .356 OBP and in deeper and AL-only formats should have your attention.

Angel Pagan, OF, San Francisco Giants (CBS: 37 per cent owned, ESPN: 31 per cent): He extended his hit streak to 12 games with a pair of doubles today. A little power, some speed, and a ton of runs scored hitting in the two-hole, works great as a fifth outfielder.

Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (CBS: 55 per cent owned, ESPN: 40 per cent): After an incredibly mediocre June and July, Phillips has come to life in August. In eleven games he’s hit two homers with 11 RBI, nine runs scored, and three thefts. He’s returned to Fantasy relevance and worthy of a decent bid if your middle-infield is in need of an upgrade.

Martin Prado, Miami Marlins (CBS: 66 per cent owned, ESPN: 47 per cent): Prado posted great numbers in July, with three homers, 16 RBI, and a great .351 BA, and hasn’t slowed down one iota moving into August. With the news today that Giancarlo Stanton is lost for the balance of the season, they will need Prado to continue his hot-hitting ways if they have any aspirations about securing a playoff berth.

Alex Reyes, SP, St. Louis Cardinals (CBS: 47 per cent owned, ESPN: 16 per cent): The young phenom got the call, but will he be relegated to the bullpen, or find time as a starter in the depleted Cardinals rotation. Either way, that strikeout potential simply shouldn’t be ignored.

Carlos Rodon, SP, Chicago White Sox (CBS: 55 per cent owned, ESPN: 17 per cent): Since coming off of the DL on August 6, Rodon has tossed back-to-back quality starts. In his last outing, Ventura turned him loose for 122 pitches. I think that proves his current health status is solid. Is he poised to repeat that strong 2015 stretch run?

Braden Shipley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks (CBS: 32 per cent owned, ESPN: 9 per cent): After a rather rough start, we’ve now seen three consecutive quality starts in which he’s allowed the total of two earned runs. It’s time to take another look at the 24-year-old righty.

Fernando Salas, RP, Los Angeles Angels (CBS: 5 per cent owned, ESPN: 5 per cent): Huston Street hits the DL with knee inflammation. His replacement, Cam Bedrosian,  hits the DL with a case of middle-finger tendinitis. It’s down to the last man standing, with the job likely falling into Salas lap, until the walking wounded return.

Luke Weaver, SP, St. Louis Cardinals (CBS: 28 per cent owned, ESPN: 13 per cent): A rather tough debut, against arguably the best team in the game, and although it wasn’t his best effort, at least he can say he survived. That is more than many have been able to say this season. The 1.30 ERA and strikeout plus per inning down on the farm, leads me to believe that we’ll see a much better performance in his second start.


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