Last week, I went a little heavy on the relievers, so this week there’s some more offensive juice for you to browse through.
All of these guys have their warts, but are strong in certain areas. Now that injuries are fully kicking in, it’s smart to use the two weeks you are missing a guy to beef up areas of weakness, especially in roto leagues.
I like to use those opportunities to load up on one-dimensional steals players. I’ve included a couple I would employ in this week’s edition.
(The number in parenthesis is the percentage a guy is owned in a standard Yahoo Sports league. Only guys owned in less than 50% of leagues will appear in the column.)
Jordan Schafer, OF, Houston Astros (49%)
I think the only reason that Schafer dipped below 50% percent is his recent ankle injury. It is troubling for a player who relies on his speed for most of his value to suffer any leg injury, but I don’t think this one is the type to linger. He will hurt your batting average, but he will make up for it with a bunch of steals and runs.
Brennan Boesch, OF, Detroit Tigers (46%)
Boesch started the season miserably which caused a lot of people to drop him, but he has been tearing it up the last two weeks and seems poised to move back up into the Tigers’ lineup. It can’t be too much longer before the potent Tigers’ line really gets heated up and this is one of the last chances to grab a piece of it.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Boston Red Sox (26%)
Hmm … a catcher hitting .282 with seven homers, 19 RBIs and 14 runs scored? Yes, I will take that all day long.
AJ Ellis, C, Los Angeles Dodgers (24%)
Another catcher I can’t believe isn’t more owned. Ellis has reached base in 31 of 32 games he has played and is batting .321 with 19 RBIs and 13 runs scored. There’s a lot to like here.
Tony Campana, OF, Chicago Cubs (14%)
He probably won’t hit a single home run and might drive in less than 35 runs this season, but if you need steals and runs scored Campana will help you out. He’s one of the fastest players in the majors, which greatly helps his batting average as well. He’s far from a stud, but if you need a fill-in he could easily provide a five steal week.
Erik Bedard, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates (45%)
I’m surprised that Bedard is still available in 55 percent of all fantasy leagues. Talent has never been a question with Bedard, it’s only health. So far so good there and he is also providing more than a strikeout per inning. The WHIP is a little high, but his career number suggest that will come down.
Anthony Bass, SP, RP, San Diego Padres (28%)
Bass has been consistently solid all season posting a 2.89 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. He won’t get many wins on the Padres, but his home park does help his other stats, which balances that out a bit. He strikes out about a batter an inning and has the bonus of position flexibility because his RP status.
Guys getting saves that I can’t believe are still options;
Dale Thayer (45%), Addison Reed (43%), Brian Fuentes (41%), Casey Jassen (35%), Rafael Dolis (35%).