It’s Friday, meaning it’s time to get serious & dig into some names worthy of a pickup in your FAAB runs this weekend. Whether you gauge it by hottest bat of the week, 2 good starts, or just someone to get me by until so-and-so is healthy it can be a make or break moment.
Here’s 3 Bats to kick off your search to inject some life into your fantasy baseball squads from the Front Office Writing Staff (ESPN % Owned):
Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF – Red Sox – 18% Owned
There is no middle ground with Jackie Bradley Jr. He is either blistering hot, or icy cold. Current in season improvements indicate the ice has melted. Particularly, he has increased his hard hit rate and has significantly reduced his K rate. In the last 30 days, JBJ ranks 5th in the league in barrels and is in the top 25 in xwOBA.
As an added bonus, JBJ has been active on the basepaths. He has already achieved his career best season in stolen bases at 11 (previous 9). JBJ will help in categories across the board. Early season woes keep his ownership percentage low. Consider him as part of your next FAAB period.
Mitch Garver – C – Twins – 3% Owned
Are you down & out having lost Sanchez? Well, cheer up, because with an injury like his you’re forced to stream the hot catcher. Pay attention as Mitch Garver of the Twins is currently mashing and having a great month sneakily under the noses of many scouring the waiver wires. Garver is hitting .354 with a .466 OBP in the last 30 days. During that span he’s collected 13 RBI while scoring 8 Runs, including 3 HR. Definitely worth a look in the short term as we wait on the next catcher to catch fire.
Nick Williams – OF – Phillies – 5% Owned
Oh boy, seems like things have turned in Philadelphia, finally sending an OFer down to AAA to clear some playing time for the bats who’ve broken out. Nick Williams looked like the odd man out early this season in the race for playing time, but he sure seems to have taken hold of the reigns now. In the last 30 days he’s hitting .333 with a .426 OBP. He’s mashed 5 HR (2 last night) over that period, scoring 11 times & collecting 13 RBI. Overall on the season he’s build his value back up to hitting .260 with a .336 OBP. With Judge, Winker, & other OFers headed to the DL, Williams should be in the conversation looking for replacement time on your rosters.