MLB Trends: Players to Add for your Championship Run
There’s just under four weeks left in the Major League Baseball regular season which means another fantasy year is coming to a close. If you’re fortunate enough, you’re either beginning your H2H playoffs or jockeying for those last few critical points in your roto league. Whichever your format, we’re going to look at a handful of players out on the waiver wire (owned in less than 50% of ESPN and Yahoo fantasy leagues) that can make an impact for you down the stretch and help you bring home a fantasy baseball championship.
Chris Carter – Mil 1B
Carter is a flawed and limited player but what he does, he does well – and one big thing that Carter does is hit for power. The Brewers first baseman has 33 big flies, good for third in the National League, trailing only Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant. However, he carries with him a .228 average on the year and a 31.7% K rate, meaning he’s pretty much all or nothing at the plate and thus can be found on a majority of waiver wires. Through the first week of September, Carter is batting .411 (7 for 17) with three homers and seven RBI. He’s a streaky power hitter so when he gets going, the home runs come in bunches. If you’re in the need for homers these last few weeks, Carter is someone you can look to as a premier power source for a cheap price.
Asdrubal Cabrera – NYM SS
It’s hard to believe that Cabrera is only 30-years-old but the veteran infielder has been on fire the last couple of weeks with six homers over his last eight games. At this point of the year it’s extra important to ride hot streaks. While this streak could go cold at any moment, he only faces the Nationals pitching staff for only three of the team’s final 23 games, so he should have favorable matchups down the stretch.
Kendrys Morales – KC 1B
The Royals are making a late playoff push and have been very good as of late as they try and sneak into that final wild card spot. Morales hasn’t had a huge part in the Royals’ second half run but he’s come on very strong over the last week and a half. He’s already surpassed his 2015 home run total of 22 by hitting five home runs over his last seven games. Over Morales’ last nine games, he’s hitting .368 (14 for 38) with the five home runs and 14 RBI. Morales is another streaky hitter and is someone that can keep this up for another couple of weeks.
C.J. Cron – LAA 1B
Cron was on his way to having a career year before he was forced to miss six weeks with a broken hand. He returned to action on August 20th and picked up right where he left off. In 16 games since returning from the DL, Cron is batting .318 with 4 home runs and an .889 OPS. There’s a good chance that owners cut bait on him in July and is out there on your waiver wire. He’s hitting behind Mike Trout and Albert Pujols so there should continue to be lots of production out of the cleanup spot.
Ivan Nova – Pit SP
Nova was sent over to the Pirates from the Yankees at the trade deadline and has been fantastic since he’s been paired up with Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage. In his six starts since the trade, Nova is 4-0 with a 2.89 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 28/2 K/BB. Until otherwise noted, Nova is a must-start in fantasy and will give owners a nice return for the final month of the season.
Seth Lugo – NYM SP
The Mets brought up Lugo to join the bullpen earlier this season but as usual with the Mets staff, their starters aren’t healthy as Steven Matz is the latest hurler to miss time. With that, Lugo has been thrust into the starting rotation and has found relative success. In his four starts, Lugo is 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA and has only given up three runs in his last three starts. He will continue to get the ball as long as he’s posting these kinds of numbers and is a solid streaming option the final month of the season as the Mets will face Atlanta six times, Philadelphia seven times, and Minnesota three times.
Luke Weaver – StL SP
Weaver is another in the long line of homegrown pitchers for St. Louis and has looked pretty solid in his five career starts. He’s struck out 31 in 25 innings but has posted an ERA of 3.96, due in large part to surrendering a home run in each of his starts. His HR/FB rate currently sits at 22% – almost double the league average – so expect that number to come down a bit over the next few starts. With that and the nice strikeout numbers, Weaver can certainly string together a nice September for you fantasy baseball team.
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