Aren't we all looking for some relief on our rosters as the spring melts into summer? This short column will highlight players that with mediocre bids may be able to help your fantasy teams in a pinch. Some of these may just be short-term help, while others may be guys you derive benefit from all year long. The caveat: these are players that must be owned in less than 20% of Online Champions leagues. This is a relatively small pool but we mine for gold to try and help you out. Much of my thought process has to do with player opportunity as well as recent results. Take a look below, and feel free to comment on any and all of these. Happy Sunday!
Gregory Polanco: He is showing signs if life after a stern warning about being more productive in Pittsburgh. Many fantasy players are depleted in the outfield right now, and Polanco is available in 87% of Online Champions leagues. He’s only hitting .216 on the year but has four home runs and four steals. Last week in 19 at bats he chipped in with a homer and five RBI. Polanco is creeping back towards respectability, and a small bid could provide you some value this week.
Willy Adames: Traded to Milwaukee this week, I like a potential uptick in Adames’ value. Adames is a guy with pedigree, and maybe the change of scenery will help him. He batted sixth in his debut with the Brewers last night, and he has five home runs on the season, although he doesn’t help much with batting average and stolen bases. However, if you need cheap power and are looking to fill an MI spot, a small bid could net you some gains this week. I don’t see anyone interfering with his opportunity here. This could be the chance Adames takes the next step.
Chad Pinder: This guy has eligibility at 2B and 3B and is like a Swiss army knife for you as injuries wreak havoc on your team. Back last week, Pinder hot a home run, knocked in three and scored three runs. You know he will get opportunity in Oakland as well. Bid and grab this useful player.
Jonathan Loaisiga: Look we all know that Aroldis Chapman is flawless as the Yankees’ closer. And many players will look to Chad Green for holds. Loaisiga thus may float under the radar. He is available in 93% of Online Champions leagues today. He has two wins and two saves, and the ERA is 2.49, and the WHIP is .87. If you need help with ratio controls and vulture wins and saves, Loaisiga may not be a bad bet for you. Check him out.
James Kaprielian: This is a guy I have been waiting a long time for, as many owners have, too. Kaprielian was a first round draft pick of the Yankees in 2015, and has loads of talent. He quietly got an opportunity in Oakland last week, and made the most of it, with 15 punchouts in 10.1 innings and a win. I am unsure what the bids will look like on him since the role moving forward may be uncertain and fraught with peril, but based on these two small samples, he has earned a continued opportunity. I will be bidding tonight in my leagues.
Yusmeiro Petit: Pitching in the Oakland bullpen, mist of the attention goes to Lou Trivino and Jake Diekman in their battle for saves. However, don’t sleep on Petit, who is probably the best arm in their bullpen. He’s 6-0 (!) and has a save as well, with a 2.42 ERA. Let’s face facts: we are all looking for these vulture-type guys and Petit is getting results. Could he get the odd save opportunity as both Diekman and Trivino have checkered injury pasts?