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Week 17

Rajai Davis (OAK, OF, 14% owned)

Davis should see fairly regular at-bats, until at the very least the trade deadline, and with four stolen bases in the past week could prove to be a valuable short-term asset if your “need is speed”.

Corey Spangenberg (SD, 2B/3B/OF, 7% owned)

In the words of the late-great Jerry Reed, “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”, and Spangenberg has been hot. In the past week he has gone 12-for-29 with three homers and nine RBI. Toss in the occasional theft, the multi-position eligibility, and sneaky value is waiting to be procured for the stretch run.

Brett Phillips (MIL, OF, 4% owned)

Keon Broxton, mired in the midst of an 0-for-July slump, has been demoted to Triple-A as the Brewers hand the centerfield gig to the 23-year-old Phillips. He was enjoying a great year at Triple-A Colorado Springs, mashing 17 homers with 66 RBI. Phillips could be poised for a long run in that exciting young Milwaukee outfield.

Mikie Mahtook (DET, OF, 1% owned)

The trade of JD Martinez has created an opportunity and Mahtook seems to have the current inside track on the job. The fact that he’s stepped up his game, going 10-for-23 since the trade, isn’t hurting his cause.

Hector Sanchez (SD, C, 3% owned)

Austin Hedges hit the 7-day Concussion DL and Sanchez steps up hitting four homers, three in consecutive days while filling in. As a second catcher in deeper Leagues, give him a look.

C.J. Cron (LAA, 1B, 7% owned)

He has been a huge disappointment this season, riding the shuttle between Anaheim and Salt Lake City. The 16 homers in 407 at-bats in 2016 had many pegging him as a potential break out candidate. With two homers in the past week, he is at least showing some semblance of life.

Kevin Kiermaier (TB, OF, 33% owned)

After last nights bumbling display by Mallex Smith, there is no doubt the Rays are counting the days until the return of the glove of Kiermaier in center field. That time is drawing close as he is expected back as soon as he is available to be activated off of the DL, on August 9. It’s worth a quick look to see if he hit the Waiver Wire during his extended absence.

Gerardo Parra (COL, OF, 37% owned)

Since the clock moved into July, Parra has gone into beast-mode. He has now hit two homers, both driven in and scored 12 runs, and is tearing the cover off the ball to the tune of a .513 BA. Even in a platoon situation, Parra shouldn’t be ignored.

Seth Lugo (NYM, SP, 39% owned)

He’s coming off a strong outing against the Cardinals and is heading into a two-start week, going up against the Padres and Mariners. Lugo makes for a solid play if one is streaming pitching.

Howie Kendrick (PHI, 2B/OF, 12% owned)

Kendrick is currently being showcased by the Phillies for a potential trade deadline deal. Those six stolen bases in June, is a pretty good indicator that the wheels still roll pretty good.

Rhys Hoskins (PHI, 1B, 19% owned)

Hoskins is currently sitting with 22 homers at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, trailing only teammate Dylan Cozens for the International League home run lead. Do the Phillies open up playing time for Hoskins by moving Tommy Joseph at the trade deadline? The worst that happens is you buy-in early on a player that is certain to be a September callup. It’s worth the gamble.

THE CLOSER CAROUSEL

Kyle Barraclough (MIA, RP, 11% owned)

It’s no secret that the Fish are trying to move incumbent A.J. Ramos. They’ve already moved David Phelps. Who is the most likely candidate to fill the ninth inning role in the event Ramos is moved? It has to be Kyle Barraclough. The price this week will be noticeably less than next week, in the event Ramos is traded.

Shane Greene (DET, RP, 5% owned)

Justin Wilson has one foot out the door and the airline tickets in hand. Greene is now up to ten appearances in July with nary a run scored, while striking out a batter per inning. The opportunity to pad those save numbers is right around the corner.

Tyler Clippard (CWS, RP, 17% owned) 

In one foul swoop, Clippard went from being an after-thought, to the new closer on the South Side. Can he hold the job? Only time will tell, but owning Anthony Swarzak as a handcuff, is probably a prudent move.

Taylor Rogers (MIN, RP, 6% owned)

Rogers is currently the MLB leader in holds, with 22. Brandon Kintzler is heading into free agency in 2018, and with the demand for relief pitchers sky-high, is Kintzler on the move? It’s worth a cheap bid and a weeks wait to find out.

Alex Claudio (TEX, RP, 21% owned)

Three saves and a Win in his past five outings, all shut down performances, and Claudio looks to be in the drivers seat in Texas. Ignore the underwhelming strikeout rates, and the fact that he throws with the wrong hand, and focus on the fact that he’s getting the job done and very well at that.

 

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