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It’s been a couple weeks and you should start to be seeing how your team is built, where the strengths and weaknesses are. I’ve come up with one guy at each position that would help you if you’re in a real pinch, whether because of injury or roster construction. These are guys who are owed in under 50% of ESPN standard leagues, so chances are they’re available.
C- Ryan Doumit. Dude! Ryan Doumit is owned in under 3% of leagues. He’s played OF in 5 games (and 1 at 1b) meaning that he’s 5 games away from OF eligibility. He’s not going to be a #1 fantasy catcher but if you’re in a 2 catcher league, or want a backup who will get plenty of ABs and can provide offense, he’s a great grab.
Also see, if you want more guaranteed ABs: Soto, Arencibia, and Suzuki
1b - Bryan LaHair 1b, OF. LaHair could be a short term pickup. Eventually Rizzo is going to get called up, but it’s possible that LaHair will play full-time in the Of after that. So far this year he’s hitting .361 with 5 runs, 2 HR, and 9 RBI.
2b - Robert Andino 2b,SS, 3b. (.316, 8r, 1hr, 5rbi). We’ve all seen how happy he is to be here. He’s the starter at least until Brian Roberts comes back, and who knows when that will be. If Andino keeps up his play, they could find other sports for him in the field.
Also see: Darwin Barney
3b - Jed Lowrie SS,3b. (.250, 5r, 1hr, 2rbi, 1sb). Ok, third is really thin. The best option here would also be Andino, but since I just wrote about him, here’s Lowrie. He was hurt and missed a bunch of the season already. That’s always his biggest flaw, his injury risk. But he’s the starting SS for the Astros, whatever that’s worth.
SS- Stephen Drew. He’s missed the whole season and he’s getting close to coming back. Now’s the best time to grab him if you’re in need of a SS. He’s a career .270 hitter with 15+ hr power. This offense is getting better every year and he could be right in the middle of it.
For a sneaky/desperate play consider Eduardo Nunez, he’s not getting enough ABs yet, but one infield injury and he’s a full-time player.
OF - Brandon Boesch. Man, I love Boesch. He’s off to a slow start but batting before Cabrera and Prince will make him better. If he continues to slump we could see him slid down the lineup, which would hurt his value.
Also see: Cody Ross. Even without the injuries he would play a lot. With them, he’s their best OF.
SP - Danny Duffy. This kid is a stud in the making. Not sure if he’s quite there yet, but if you’re looking for a pitcher, his next start is again Min. I’m not loving him, but he’s surely spot start worthy.
Also see: Edinson Volquez. PETCO Park is his best friend.
RP - Santiago Casilla. I don’t know. They say he’s now the closer, but he only has 1 save this year. The only reason I suggest him over David Robertson is because he has a lot better chance of collecting saves.
Because I would sure like to name my team “The Humber Games” but he’s not on any of my teams.
It depends on who you would drop. Who knows how much they will bench players, but if they do bench players, Jones will not be one of them. He would benefit from players, like Jordy, getting benched.
I’d go with Turner. When in doubt, go with the RB. He’s guaranteed touches and Colston has the history of disappearing from time to time.
We don’t know how much Jones will play. I’d go with the vulture on this one. Tolbert should at least get some catches and red zone carries.
I personally would go with Jackson, but the numbers and the matchup seem to be pointing towards Gaffney. If you’re thinking Gaffney, go with Gaffney.
Tebow. Rushing yards and TDs will add up to a lot.
McGahee is iffy. Helu is out. Plan on McGahee, if he doesn’t play go with Thomas. For WR, go with Washington. Robinson is hurt and will be fighting for targets.
Good luck everybody!