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Week 22

Abraham Almonte, Cleveland Indians (CBS: 3% owned) – The much traveled Abraham Almonte has had a nice run of late, this time with the Cleveland Indians.  While a switch hitter, he’s better from the right side and might be used as a platoon guy going forward.

Chad Kuhl, Pittsburgh Pirates (CBS: 27% owned) – The righty doesn’t have great stuff but he’s on a roll with five straight quality starts. The Pirates just know how to get the most out of their pitchers and Kuhl is no exception.

Jason Grilli, Toronto Blue Jays (CBS: 12% owned) – While fantasy owners want it to be all about saves, sometimes it’s just not…but you know, sometimes that’s ok.  That’s what we have with Grilli.  Since June 1st with the Jays, he’s been dominate, striking out well over a batter an inning with plenty of holds.

Matt Wisler, Atlanta Braves (CBS: 16% owned) – Wisler still has a ton of talent but it has yet to translate into consistent success at the major league level.  But there are still glimpses of what could be; like last week where he dominated the Diamondbacks for eight innings.  This week he has the Padres, his former team.  Seems like a smart buy to us.

Ryan Vogelsong, Pittsburgh Pirates (CBS: 28% owned) – Have you seen what Ryan Vogelsong has done?  Go check, I’ll wait…Yep, a 3.02 ERA, striking out almost seven per nine.  The problem is his FIP is 4.51.  However, he’s been hot, so stream him when it makes sense; uh…that’s not next week against the Cubs.

Yoan Moncada, Boston Red Sox (CBS: 40% owned) – The Red Sox are rolling but still have some holes, like third base.  Sure they have Shaw and Hill platooning, but Moncada could be an intriguing piece there.  The biggest problem is he’s been playing through an ankle injury and might not be 100%.  Once he is, he could be up.  We give it a 50/50 chance.  With those odds, we think it’s worth a buck.

Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays (CBS: 35% owned) – Cobb is working his way back from TJ Surgery and candidly, he’s not looked great.  However, the stuff is coming back and while he could be erratic, many fantasy owners in redraft leagues have forgotten about him.  We haven’t and nor should you.

Junior Guerra, Milwaukee Brewers (CBS: 65% owned) – Junior Guerra should return this week from the DL bringing his 2.93 ERA back to fantasy owners.  His FIP is a reasonable 3.65 and he’s striking out 7.5 per nine.  Not eye-popping stats, but he could serve useful in the month of September when lineups get watered down with September callups.

Chris Young, Boston Red Sox (CBS: 3% owned), Chris Young gets the call with Andrew Benintendi hitting the shelf.  We all know him well.  He’s a replacement level player that is streaky.  We suggest rostering him and praying he hits one of his streaks.  Sounds stupid???  Well, he’s the kind of guy that can hit five home runs across two weeks and you want that on your team. If he stinks, throw him back.

Roman Quinn, Philadelphia Phillies (CBS: 3% owned) – A long-time Prospect361 favorite, the only thing holding Quinn back from helping you fantasy team is injuries.  As we write this, he was placed on the 7-day DL with a concussion.  You just can’t make this stuff up.  If it’s serious, he won’t be up, if not, there’s a chance we see him in September.  The Phillies are losing patience with Odubel Herrera adventures in center field, so a change could be in the making.  If it lines up, there could be stolen base goodness.

Andrew Toles (Los Angeles Dodgers (CBS: 2% owned) – Dynasty League owners have known about Andrew Toles since he stole 62 bases in Low-A in 2013 as a member of the Rays organization.  The speed is still there and the Dodgers have been playing him.  He could be a Jarrod Dyson type of contributor. We kind of like that.

 

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