It’s all about who’s hot and who’s not – plain and simple. Production is all that matters, something I’ve repeated many times over the past month and will continue to do so until the season ends. It doesn’t matter if the numbers are supported by metrics or it’s good old fashion luck. Anyone that is doing well now needs your attention. If you need a quick boost over the final weeks of the season you might want to give serious thought to the players below if they are available.
If you have a question on a player, who to pick up or even who to drop for a waiver wire pickup, feel free to ask in the comment section below or hit me up on twitter @TheJimFinch. Good luck to all those still playing.
* ownership rates under 50% on Yahoo and ESPN – CBS & Fantrax may be higher due to more keeper leagues.
Adalberto Mondesi (2B, SS)
- The Highlights: .333 – 2HR – 5SB – 15 R+RBI in Sept, .304 – 5HR – 18 SB post all-star
Mondesi hits for power and average against lefties and righties equally so no platoon issues. The team has moved him to second in the order so more run and RBI potential. Better home hitter (CIN/CLE next week); he’s on road vs @PIT and @DET this week – I’d still play him. He ranked top-5 at 2B/SS for past 15 and 30 days on ESPN player rater, meaning he’s probably better than your current starter.
Jeff McNeil: Mets (2B, 3B)
- The Highlights: .337 season, .333 vs LHP, .339 vs RHP, .330 August, .383 September
Limited power and speed potential, but McNeil is flat-out raking. Batting second will keep the run and RBI totals full. Add in the average and you’ve got a three category MI/CI plug-and-play option or solid bench option for off days. McNeil ranks 5th on the ESPN player rater for the past 30 days – 7th over the past 15 days.
Ji-Man Choi: Rays (1B)
- Highlights: .290 post all-star, .316 – 4HR – 12RBI in September, .293 at home
Choi has hit safely in all but two September starts. He’s a stronger hitter at home, but has road games against Texas and Toronto this week. You’ll need a replacement for days the Rays face a lefty. He’s not a must add, but a solid CI/Util play ranking 10th among first basemen over last 30 days – 2nd over the past 15 days.
Amed Rosario: Mets (SS)
- Highlights: .286 – 3HR – 7SB – 37 R+RBI in Aug, .340 – 2HR – 2SB – 14 R+RBI Sept, .304 Away
Rosario has hit safely in all but two September starts with 5 multi-hit games. The leadoff spots affords him ample run and stolen base potential. The Mets are on the road this week where Rosario has flourished this year. The ESPN player rater ranks him 3rd over the last 30 – 7th over the past 15 days.
Tyler White: Astros (1B)
- The Highlights: .304 season, .315 left, .298 right and away, .315 home, .324 post all-star
White’s ownership rate is right at 50% and the power has slowed. Still a solid bat, though, with run and RBI potential in the heart of a potent lineup. Ranked 15th on ESPN player rater over last 15 days – that’s with just one home runs so imagine if he launches a few (3rd over last 30 days). He is a must add in my book, but slots in at solid simply for the recent power outage.
David Dahl: Rockies (OF)
- The Highlights: 8-21 w/1HR – 7RBI over last five games, .333 – 3HR – 10RBI in Sept, .325 at home
Dahl has started the last five in a row with multi-hit games in three, although no set spot in order. His road game is lacking (@LAD M-W), but games @ARZ and home vs PHIL and WSH after that. Ranked 22nd on ESPN player rater over last 7 days so a worth OF4 option starting Friday.
Hunter Renfroe: Padres (OF)
- The Highlights: .270 – 15HR – 35RBI post all-star, .256 – 5HR in Sept
He has shown power against both lefty and righty plus home and away. The average has been better at home (Giants M-W). You may want to avoid the weekend matchup @LAD, but @SF and then home vs ARZ after that. The rest of the team hasn’t been doing much so a lot of solo shots of late. He’s a hit or miss add, but there is solid OF4 upside here. Ranked 21 on the ESPN player rater the last 15 days.
Scott Schebler: Reds (OF)
- The Highlights: .279 – 3HR – 15 R+RBI in September,
A .200 average in both May and August derailed a solid season. His power plays regardless of venue or hand. He has hit safely in 7 of last 8 starts. Cincinnati is on the road @MIL and @MIA this week followed by home games vs KC and PIT. Schebler ranked 11th on the ESPN player rater over the past 15 days making him an OF1 and he was an OF3 in both April and June. He doesn’t have the upside of Dahl or Renfroe, but he has a safer floor.
Solid recent numbers, but not sold for final two weeks
Franmil Reyes: Padres (OF)
- The Highlights: .342 – 2HR – 7RBI in September, .315 post all-star, .310 home, .339 vs lefties
He has hit safely in all but one September start. Reyes isn’t great at home so not 100% in on game vs Giants, like Renfroe not much confidence @LAD, and the park @SF is also a pitcher park (not great pitchers though). Reyes has been a surprise, but his splits are more extreme than Renfroe giving me less faith. Still, he’s hot so you never know. Solid OF4 potential, but I would explore other options.
Luke Voit: Yankees (1B)
- The Highlights: .305 – 7HR – 17 RBI w/Yankees in 82 at bats
This is the third week Voit has been here, but he has been downgraded with a .250 batting average last week and now .222 over the past 7 days. At least last week the power was there (3HR), but no long balls since September 4. His minor league pedigree was built on average, but if that is starting to falter… The point is, I’m not sure gambling over the final week (or two for some) on a bounceback from a mini-slump is the wisest thing to do.
Throw Them Back (the Dirty Dozen)
If you are looking for players to bench or bench, start here.
Kris Bryant: Last home run on July 20, 3 RBI and 3 multi-hit games in September. This is a lost season for Bryant – he’s basically Evan Longoria with an extra 30 points of average.
Carlos Correa: .168 post all-star with one home run over 107 at bats. He hasn’t been the same since returning from the DL. Better luck next year.
Brian Dozier: .183 with 4 HR over 126 at bats with the Dodgers – .034 in September. His last home runs was on August 28; he has one RBI since then.
Willson Contreras: .213 in August, .125 in September, 1 HR over last 104 at bats. He did a serviceable job over the first four months, but he has been a bust for a good six weeks now.
Miguel Sano: He can be dropped. Lingering knee issue with no timetable to return – that and a .202 average with 13 home runs. It’s not like he was helping you when he was healthy.
Rafael Devers: Declining average and lost playing time. He may only be holding a bench spot on your team, but that spot would be better suited for a streamer.
Dee Gordon: A .270 with 30 steals is nice, but a .207 in August and .182 so far in September (with zero steals and runs) isn’t gonna win you a championship. Benching is advised, but dump if necessary.
Elvis Andrus: Like Devers he should be on your bench already, and there is little chance we see an outburst over the final few weeks.
Kyle Seager: The power and RBI numbers are acceptable, but low runs, and unacceptable average and a non-existent offensive output in September make Seager a drop.
Evan Gattis: Stopped being useful after the all-star break and is now basically a non-factor in real life.
Odubel Herrera: His .205 in August and .121 in September might have been overlooked due to usable overall line. His last home run and RBI was on August 28. Drop.
Corey Dickerson: A season .291 average masks the post all-star slump (.211 Aug-.200 Sept w/zero homers).
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