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 2 Players to kick off your search to inject some life into your fantasy baseball squads from the Front Office Writing Staff (ESPN % Owned):
Joe Musgrove – SP – 24% Owned
Musgrove has thrown 5 straight QS in his last 34 innings pitched, including games against the Cubs, at Colorado, & at Cleveland. Over his last 30 days, his paltry 5.03 K/9 probably puts a cap on his ownership or in the least turns away some eyes, but his last two outings have been a return to season average (7.1 K/9) for strikeouts: 6 in 6 innings @SF & 7 in 7 innings vs the Cubs. The 53% groundball rate in that time period is a plus, with his 1.06 BB/9 helping him keep his WHIP to a slim 0.88 mark over that stretch.
Not someone to blow you away, but someone who could help win you a league or make things competitive down the stretch run, helping with ratios & a definite streaming option down the stretch as we’re all looking for innings that won’t hurt us as the Fantasy races get tighter.
Harrison Bader – OF – 34% Owned
Harrison Bader has batted .367 since taking over the everyday centerfielder job in St. Louis. With 3 home runs and 12 runs scored combined with 3 stolen bases. He could be a factor down the stretch for most fantasy teams. With a .633 slugging since August 1st, he won’t hurt you in that fact either. Ever wonder what a Billy Hamilton would look like if he could hit? Well we might be seeing that from Harrison Bader with his defense keeping him in the lineup, and his bat helping out your fantasy team. Of course he won’t get the steal numbers Hamilton can put up, but he can do everything else better.
(Post Updated Sunday Aug 19th, Bader’s ownership jumped 10+% since Friday)