By: Nate Leer
With summer winding down, the fantasy baseball post season is fast approaching. If you have a position to fill or room on your roster, these guys could help. They may not all be studs but at this point getting average production at a spot where you have lost a player or had a guy underachieve could be the difference between winning and losing.
Here’s 8 players – 1 at each position – who could help you get a fantasy baseball title this year:
- SP – Derek Holland-Tex (86% available in Yahoo, 90% in ESPN leagues): Holland isn’t a world-beater but could be a serviceable option if your league is short on good starting pitching. Holland has pitched well in two starts since coming off of the DL so he is worth checking out.
- RP – Adam Ottavino-Col (59%, 75%): Ottavino has the most talented arm in the Rockies bullpen and has gotten the most recent save opportunities. He won’t rack up a ton of saves but should get a handful while posting good Ks and peripheral numbers.
- C – Sandy Leon-Bos (59%, 62%): Catchers tend to wear down late in the season so this already thin position gets even harder to fill. Leon is starting to come back to earth but given his v=favorable situation – park and line-up – he is a guy to plug in if needed.
- 1B – Josh Bell-Pit (82%, 87%): Bell has been an uber-prospect for the Pirates for a while and it seems like now may finally be his time. He is in a bit of a platoon for the Pirates but his talent will force playing time especially if Pittsburgh falls out of play-off contention.
- 2B – Cesar Hernandez-Phi (72%, 88%): Hernandez has been a nice little player all year. He continues to hit .300 while helping in a number of categories with the added bonus of position versatility.
- 3B – Trevor Plouffe-Min (, 95%): Plouffe appears to finally be healthy and he is hitting the ball well. He even homered to RF recently, a very good sign.
- SS – Jose Reyes-NYM (59%, 64%): Reyes still seems to know how to hit and, while he won’t steal a ton of bases, he is another versatile player that helps in multiple categories without hurting a team in any.
- OF – Randall Grichuk-StL (63%, 66%): Grichuk has talent and the Cards seem to have a knack for developing young talent. While they have been waiting a little longer than they preferred for Grichuk to break out, it seems to be happening now as he has hit over .300 with plenty of power since his mid-summer recall.