With the All-Star break behind us and the trade deadline looming, it’s crunch time for season-long fantasy baseball and time to establish your playoff position. While trades and pennant races will shake things up for some teams in the coming weeks, you don’t have to wait to make a move to help your fantasy team. There are still some nice pickups on many waiver wires heading into a busy week.
The Braves, Dodgers and Phillies play only five times this coming week, but 13 teams play each day this week for a total of seven games. The Rockies are on the road all week so Coors Field will be quiet, but the Brewers, Blue Jays, Mets, Nationals, Mariners and White Sox will play all their games at home.
As you fill out your lineup card for the coming week, here are my top four pickups to check out. If you have specific questions about your roster or league format, I’d be happy to answer them on Twitter @ZT_Sports. If these four players aren’t a good fit or are already owned in your league, check out the extra additions listed at the bottom of the page who are also worth considering.
OF ALEX DICKERSON, SF (vs. CHC, at SD)The Giants have moved Dickerson into the middle of their order on a regular basis after acquiring him in mid-June in a trade from San Diego. Dickerson has gone 29-for-72 (.403) since joining San Francisco with eight doubles, three triples, five home runs, 21 RBI and a 1.275 OPS coming into Sunday’s game.
Dickerson’s time in the cleanup spot has helped the Giants lineup turn things around, as the team has surged back into the playoff race. Dickerson will get a chance to face his former team at the end of the week after starting the week with a home series against the Cubs. He has flourished at Oracle Park this season, going 15-for-40 (.387) with a 1.232 OPS.
SP RYAN BORUCKI, TOR (vs. CLE, vs. TB)The Blue Jays are expected to activate Borucki off the 60-day injured list on Monday for a start against the Indians. The 25-year-old lefty has been sidelined all season with a sore elbow, but should be set up for two starts if his return goes well. Last season he started 17 games for the Blue Jays, going 4-6 with a 3.87 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He started and finished strong, but did have a rough stretch in the middle of the summer.
Borucki has looked sharp in his rehab appearances, allowing six earned runs in 18 innings and striking out 19 batters. He went 2-3 with a 2.64 ERA in his seven starts at Rogers Centre last season, and he makes a solid streaming option or two-start addition for this week
2B LUIS URIÁS, SD (at NYM, vs. SF)The youth movement in San Diego continued this week, as the team recalled Uriás before Saturday’s game. The 22-year-old was ranked the No. 19 prospect in all of baseball in the latest top 100 from MLB Pipeline, and he went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Saturday while hitting in the seventh spot in the lineup.
In Triple-A, he was hitting .315 with 19 doubles, 19 home runs, 50 RBI and a .998 OPS in 73 games for the El Paso Chihuahuas. He’s not quite as ready as the Brewers’ Keston Hiura, but Uriás should get plenty of playing time as long as he sticks in the regular lineup for San Diego. If you missed out on Hiura and need a young impact 2B, grab Uriás off the waiver wire.
C/1B TRAVIS D’ARNAUD, TB (vs. BOS, at TOR)If you’re looking for an option to fill in the always-tricky catcher spot, d’Arnaud is a pickup to consider as he continues to fill in nicely for the Rays. Tampa is lined up to face four lefties in six games this week, which could mean more starts for d’Arnuad who has hit six of his 10 home runs this season against southpaws.
His most recent home run came Sunday when he connected on a grand slam against Dylan Cease of the White Sox. Even before Sunday’s homer, he was heating up, going 19-for-64 (.297) in his previous 17 games with two doubles, six home runs, 13 RBI and a .967 OPS.
Other options worth watchingBATTERS
- C Mitch Garver, Minnesota Twins
- C Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
- 1B Nate Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays
- 1B/2B/OF Danny Santana, Texas Rangers
- 1B/3B/OF Matt Beaty, Los Angeles Dodgers
- SS Amed Rosario, New York Mets
- OF Ramón Laureano, Oakland Athletics
- OF Oscar Mercado, Cleveland Indians
- OF Manuel Margot, San Diego Padres
- OF Anthony Santander, Baltimore Orioles
- SP Merrill Kelly, Arizona Diamondbacks
- SP Jose Urquidy, Houston Astros
- SP Daniel Ponce de Leon, St. Louis Cardinals
- SP Martín Perez, Texas Rangers
- SP/RP Chase Anderson, Milwaukee Brewers
- SP/RP Ryan Yarbrough, Tampa Bay Rays
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