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Greg Allen, OF, CLE (CBS: 9% owned): After a season of shuttling back and forth between Cleveland and Columbus, it looks like Allen is finally going to stick on the Indians roster. An eleven game hit streak definitely helps as does the seven stolen bases in August. If you’re looking for a last-minute push in the stolen base category, Allen has to be at the top-of-your-list.
Jose Alvarado, RP, TAM (CBS: 10% owned): In Week 10 we mentioned it was Alvarado’s job to lose, and he did exactly that. Over the course of the summer, he has shown the ability to get the job done and has now settled solidly into the setup role, with the odd opportunity to close. If you’re looking for great peripherals, holds aplenty, and the odd save opportunity in September, he is there for the taking. In Dynasty Leagues he’s a must own, as Sergio Romo is heading into Free Agency in 2019.
Jay Bruce, OF, NYM (CBS: 33% owned): I’m actually surprised Bruce ownership level is as high as it actually is. Considering his last game, prior to being activated off of the 10-day DL last week was June 17, we have some owners with plenty of patience. Hopefully, that two-run bomb he hit in his first game back is a sign that the “patience” will be rewarded.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, MIA (CBS: 5% owned): How can we recommend a starter that is currently sporting a 4.91 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and pitches for one of the worst offensive teams in the game. Hiding beneath the surface of those ugly numbers is the answer. In eleven starts at home, he’s sporting a 1.86 ERA. In ten starts on the road,b he’s thrown up (literally) a 9.35 ERA. The Marlins have seven games left against the Mets, four against Reds, and three against Jays. Picking any of those matchups at home looks to be a recipe for success.
Brad Keller, SP, KC (CBS: 25% owned): In 4-of-5 August starts Keller has allowed two or less earned runs. The walks are starting to come down and if not for the Brandon Maurer ineptitude on Friday, Keller would have three wins in a row under his belt. It’s time to find a home for the 23-year-old Rookie.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, TOR (CBS: 29% owned): It’s time for that annual run where Morales reels off 27 homers in three days while sitting either unowned or on your bench. Get him active, so you can ride out the remainder of his streak, or remind you of the reason that you had him on your bench in the first place. p.s. It’s called the first four months of the season.
Tyler White, 1B, HOU (CBS: 10% owned): August has been a good month for the 27-year-old White. Five homers, 15 RBI, and a 1.119 OPS are definitely worthy of a roster spot in any format. He will continue to own at least a platoon share of the DH at-bats through September.