Each week our Fantasy Baseball experts will give fantasy owners their top choices for players to pick up for all leagues, as well as some players to consider in deeper leagues. If you have any Fantasy Baseball questions for our experts feel free to post them in post them in our Fantasy Sports Forum.
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If you take away Cecil’s terrible start in mid May he would have amazing numbers. He is 4-0 over his last 4 starts, and he has had quality starts in each one of those outings. Cecil is a young pitcher with upside and at the very least he should be added to your watch list. (about 40% owned)
As predicted Capps has started to slip as the Nationals closer and Clippard should be next in line for saves. Clippard has pitched well all year, and we are confident he will find himself pitching in the 9th inning by the end of the year. (about 70% owned)
Meek continues to put up amazing numbers, and we think he will eventually take over the closer role. Dotel has been pitching good as well, but if he starts to slip we think Meek will swoop right in and take over. (about 20% owned)
It looks like the closer job is Axford’s to lose at this point. He has not been pitching lights out, but he has pitched well enough so far to hold onto the job. We doubt Axford will have a sub 2 ERA, but he could put up decent save totals with good K counts. (about 30% owned)
We aren’t sold that the old Lidge is back, but he has been putting up solid numbers so far this year. He isn’t a must add at this point, but if you need saves you could do a lot worse. (about 60% owned)
After a terrible start Coghlan has started to catch fire in the last month. He has been hitting for power and average, while mixing in some speed as well. We think its time to pick Coghlan back up, he is a must add in all leagues at this point. (about 50% owned)
How is Suzuki only owned in 70% of leagues? His bat is coming alive and he should be owned in almost all leagues. He has top 5 catcher potential and you would be crazy not to pick him up if he is available. (about 75% owned)
Torres is an interesting young player that could be worth a roster spot in some leagues. In the last month he has hit for a good average while stealing a lot of bags. We aren’t sure if he can keep it up, but he is definitely worth keeping an eye on. (about 10% owned)
Posey has been very impressive since he was called up from the minors, and he has been flying off the waiver wire. He is catcher and first base eligible which is a huge plus, and he is worth an add if you need help in either of those two positions. His numbers will probably come crashing back down, but we think he could have value for the rest of the season. (about 55% owned)
When Smoak first got called up everyone was running to go pick him up, but he didn’t exactly get off to a good start. He has just recently started to hit the ball a little better and its time to at least put Smoak back on your radar. (about 15% owned)
Every year there are a decent amount of rookies that come storming out of the gate and get picked up in a lot of leagues. Guys like Jason Heyward, Ike Davis, Buster Posey, David Freese, Austin Jackson, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Stanton, and John Jaso are all owned in a lot of leagues but only a few will have value for the entire season. Once the veterans figure out these rookies and exploit their weaknesses, there numbers will come back down to earth. We aren’t saying you shouldn’t own some of these guys, we are just saying if you can trade them and get proven players in return we say go for it.
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