Monday begins week 24, leaving one to two weeks remaining depending on your league setting. This also mean there are only two to four teams paying attention in H2H leagues and maybe two or three in roto – minus those few rogue managers who actually play out the entire season, and a big Kudos to you.
This basically means the waiver wire is your playground with little competition. It also means, for those leagues that use FAAB, that whatever money you have left should be used if you really see something you like. Dig deep through your roster; look at recent trends and production, and jettison those slumping players regardless of the name (Xander Bogaerts was dropped in one of my leagues).
It’s time to pull out all the stops and do whatever you need to do, short of cheating and murder, to win your league and raise that flag. For many of us, this is the final week so make it count.
All players under 50% ownership on Y! and ESPN – no guarantees for CBS.
Willie Calhoun (Rangers)
After initially stating Calhoun would not join the team, Texas reversed course and not only brought him up, but he has been starting daily. For those that missed the multitude of fantasy articles during the week, Calhoun batted over .300 with 31 home runs between the Rangers and Dodgers. His career 8% walk rate and strikeout rate under 12% shows fantastic discipline. The batting average was not BABIP induced. His .200 plus ISO combined with a fly ball percentage over 40 means the power is sustainable.
Defensively he doesn’t fit at second base, but the Rangers are making use of him in the outfield for now until they find a permanent home. We saw the type of impact Hoskins had for Philly; Calhoun could do the same thing in Texas. You may want him on your bench before that first home run comes.
Michael Taylor (Nationals)
This is someone that needs to be owned right now. Taylor is 9 for 19 over the past seven days with a pair of home runs, 8 RBI, 3 runs scored, and a stolen base. For the month of September he is hitting .359 with 4 home runs, 2 steals, 10 RBI, and 6 runs scored. While most of his power and speed is against righties, he is batting .320 against lefties eliminating the need for a platoon partner.
For what it’s worth, I put my money where my mouth is and added him wherever I could.
Mitch Haniger (Mariners)
I also own a few shares of Haniger. Over the past seven days he is 14 for 27 with a pair of homers, 4 RBI, and 8 runs scored. He had a seven game hit streak broken up last night. For the month of September he is 23 for 51 (.451) with 3 home runs, 8 RBI, 9 runs scored, and a stolen base. He’s a .280 hitter against both lefties and righties so like Taylor above, no platoon partner needed. I fully expect Haniger to finish the season strong.
Tim Anderson (White Sox)
He appears to be making up for his slow start with a strong finish, and is currently on a six-game hit streak with five multi-hit games. Over the last seven day Anderson is 14 for 35 with a home run, 5 RBI, 7 runs scored, and 4 stolen bases. Only Francisco Lindor and Trey Turner have been hotter among shortstops. He will spend this weekend playing Detroit, and we all know what a train-wreck their pitching staff is of late. And,this makes it 3 for 3 as I have also added Anderson if two leagues.
Nick Williams (Phillies)
Fun Fact: Williams has a hit in ever game since September 2. He has multiple hit games in five of his last seven, going 14 for 27 with a home runs, 8 RBI, and 4 runs scored. For the month of September he is batting .377 with 18 RBI. There’s not much power, and his run total is low, but if you need a boost in batting average and RBI, I would take him over Taylor and Haniger. You can basically revamp your entire outfield for the final week just from waivers – that is if your current outfield is slumping bad enough.
Ozzie Albies (Braves)
If you need a universal middle infield player, Albies could fill that roll nicely. He is currently on a nine game hit streak with two multi-hit games in his last four. Over the past seven days he is 9 for 24 with a home run, stolen base, and 6 each for runs and RBI. Nothing overly impressive, but solid all around production, and as I said a solid middle infield play. He also makes for a nice plug-and-play option at both second and short to cover off days. It will be interesting to see where Albies lands in next year’s rankings.
Hernan Perez (Brewers)
Most of us wrote him off months ago due to lack of playing time. It might interest you to know that Perez has started in four of the last five games and went 2 for 4 in each of those contests. He also hit a home run, stole a base, had six RBI, and scored four runs. With the Brewers making a run at it they want their best and most productive players on the field. That means having the universal utility man on the bench is a luxury they can’t afford. Perez should qualify for second base, third base, shortstop and outfield – that’s a nice bat to have on your bench.
Speculating on Power
Brandon Moss has 3 home runs and 3 multi-hit games over the past seven days. You know the risk of owning Moss already so gamble at your own risk. Matt Olson, recommended last week, now has 7 home run in the past 14 days. Eduardo Escobar has 6 home runs during that same span along with 14 RBI. Qualifying at second base, third base, and shortstop is an added bonus. Finally, Dominic Smith hit back to back home runs Wednesday and Thursday and also has hits in 7 of his past 8 starts. Maybe he’s figuring things out?
One would assume that if you are one of the top teams in your league that you have a stable catching option. For those still playing the stream game:
- Mike Zunino now has 4 home runs in September along with 14 RBI and a .394 batting average. If there is one catcher out there to own for the final weeks – this is it.
- Robert Chirinos continues to rake, upping his September average to .379. He has also started all but two September games so you have a dependability factor.
- The Tyler Flowers/Kurt Suzkui combo I’ve touted all year is still in full affect. Over the past two weeks Flowers is batting .429 while Suzuki is batting .471. They do not have a home run between them this month, but do have 26 for the season – maybe a power display this coming week?
Last Weeks Recommendations:
What have they done over the past 7 days, and if they are still worth adding.
- C.J. Cron went 3 for 18 – epic fail!
- Jose Martinez went 9 for 23 with 2 runs and 6 RBI.
- Asdrubal Cabrera went 7 for 14 with 2 RBI and 7 runs scored.
- Matt Olson went 7 for 22 with a pair of home runs and 6 RBI.
- Matt Joyce only played in three games, but went 3 for 11 with a home run.
- Mike Montgomery was sent back to the pen and lost all fantasy value (short of an injury).
- Dillon Peters allowed 2 runs over 6 innings with 4 K’s. He starts again Sunday at home against Milwaukee.
- Andrew Cashner gave up 5 runs over 4.1 innings last night against Seattle. He gets another try in Seattle next Wednesday.
Martinez and Olson are still adds if available, as is Cabrera and maybe Peters as a stream.
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