Matt Andriese, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (CBS: 8 per cent owned, ESPN: 14 per cent): The debut against the Halo’s opened some eyes. The complete game two-hit shutout against the A’s in his follow-up, is going to open some wallets. Is he this good? Probably not, but the Minor League numbers were impressive. He won’t be cheap, but if you need pitching help, it’s time to part with some of that FAAB.
C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (CBS: 18 per cent owned, ESPN: 7 per cent): After an abysmal start to the 2016 campaign in which he hit one homer and struggled to reach the Mendosa Line in April, Cron has turned it around rather nicely in May. Two homers, 10 RBI, and a .375 BA in May, makes for a solid off-the-radar bargain at the hot corner.
R.A. Dickey, SP, Toronto Blue Jays (CBS: 32 per cent owned, ESPN: 24 per cent): The month of May has been a good one for Dickey. Three consecutive quality starts and only three earned runs over 21 1/3 IP will almost be cause for the Jays to forget that Thor is having a rather good season in New York. Grab him cheap and run with him while the going’s good.
Sam Dyson, RP, Texas Rangers (CBS: 13 per cent owned, ESPN: 6 per cent): Shawn Tolleson blew another save Saturday night against the Jays and with a 7.07 ERA and 1.71 WHIP the leash is getting shorter. Dyson is sporting a 2.00 ERA with ten holds and one save. You can pay for him now, or pay a considerable amount more when he ends up with the job.
Doug Fister, SP, Houston Astros (CBS: per cent owned, ESPN: 12 per cent): He’s not the Doug Fister we fell in love with several years back, but he’s now strung together a nice little run of five consecutive quality starts. Our Fantasy teams need more than just aces.
Jon Gray, SP, Colorado Rockies (CBS: 39 per cent owned, ESPN: 12 per cent): After the two great performances on the road, I wasn’t sold. After his last start at home where he held the Mets to two earned runs over seven innings, I am. I’d go get him but I’m too busy waving a white flag and planning a steak and liquor outing.
Tommy Joseph, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies (CBS: per cent owned, ESPN: 2 per cent): The one-time catcher, forced to first base, was enjoying a rather solid season with six homers in 95 at-bats at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He’s looking at a platoon situation with Ryan Howard, but in single League formats should have your attention.
Cameron Maybin, Of, Detroit Tigers (CBS: 19 per cent owned, ESPN: 4 per cent): In 2015, Maybin hit ten homers, drove in 59 runs, and stole 23 bases. Why is he owned in only 19 per cent of the Leagues at CBS? He’s coming off the DL Monday, and should be active and rolling in all 12 and 15-team Leagues.
Manny Margot, San Diego Padres (CBS: 9 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): In his past ten games at Triple-A El Paso, he’s tearing it up to the tune of a .359 BA, with 13 runs scored, and five stolen bases. He’s currently blocked by the dynamic duo of Jon Jay and Travis Jankowski. How long will they hold off the hard charging Margot? I’m betting not very.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals (CBS: 22 per cent owned, ESPN: 11 per cent): 22 per cent owned? What’s up with that? He’s coming off a 2015 campaign in which he hit 17 home runs with 71 RBI and yet garners so little respect. He’s heading out on a rehab stint this coming week with a return towards the end of May. Buying in now will save you a fair chunk of that FAAB budget.
Kevin Plawecki, C, New York Mets (CBS: 13 per cent owned, ESPN: 3 per cent): Travis d’Arnaud is dealing with a strained rotator cuff and is nowhere near a return to the Mets lineup. In the interim, Plawecki is the everyday backstop and over the past five games has driven in five runs. One could do much worse in two-catcher formats.
Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees (CBS: 16 per cent owned, ESPN: 2 per cent): Let’s just hope the Yankees give Sanchez a decent opportunity to show off the skills that have him rated as one of the best catching prospects in the game. Until we find out the Yankees intentions, tread cautiously.
Dan Straily, SP, Cincinnati Reds (CBS: 16 per cent owned, ESPN: 8 per cent): The one-time Athletic, Cub, and Astro, has found himself a home with the Reds. Pressed into service because of the injury-decimated rotation, Straily has now reeled off a string of four consecutive quality starts. Who would have thunk it?
Trayce Thompson, OF, LAD (CBS: 6 per cent owned, ESPN: 3 per cent): He’s still not playing every day, but with three homers and nine RBI in eight appearances in May, that day is drawing closer. Carl Crawford is not the answer.
Devon Travis, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays (CBS: 48 per cent owned, ESPN: 22 per cent): It would appear that 50 plus per cent of people playing our game have short memories. Wasn’t it just April of last year that Travis hit six homers and drove in 19 runs? The rehab started last Friday, with a return to the big league squad scheduled for the next 10-to-15 days.
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