We are post All-Star Break now and heading into the second half of the season. Every team has holes this time of year and the war of attrition managers face with injuries can be overwhelming. Need some streamers this week? Sure, we all do! Let's look at players owned in less than 20% of Online Champions leagues.
Kole Calhoun (rostered in 21% of Online Champions): Yes I am cheating a bit here with my criteria, but with the rash of injuries to outfielders, there is simply no way Calhoun should be rostered this little. HE won't help much with batting average or steals, but the power is real: 33 home runs in 2019, 16 in an abbreviated 2020. Who doesn't need cheap power?
Gavin Sheets (rostered in 16% of Online Champions): The White Sox have been besieged with injuries all year, and they never planned for Sheets to get this kind of opportunity. Splitting time between first base, outfield, and DH, Sheets has four home runs and 11 RBI in 45 at-bats. Eloy Jimenez should return soon, but at-bat should still be available for Sheets, who helps around the field and has a lefty bat. Adam Eaton was DFA'd last week and this spoke volumes. A quick, easy add could yield you some dividends.
Steven Vogt (rostered in 1% of Online Champions): Is he going to win you a championship? No. Is he going to really help you in any categories down the stretch? Also no. But here's the thing: Vogt was traded to Atlanta on Friday night and will get the bulk of the starts with Travis d'Arnaud still out with his thumb injury. Vogt has modest power but won't hurt you in batting average especially if like me, you are down a catcher like Yasmani Grandal or Buster Posey. A good stopgap for you for two or three weeks.
Michael Lorenzen (rostered in 1% of Online Champions): Is Mr. SP Streamer himself writing this? Nope. But Lorenzen walks into a wide-open bullpen situation in Cincinnati and could walk away with the closer's role, as both Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone are out, Amir Garrett continues to struggle and only Heath Hembree stands in his way. This is an effective pitcher with a four-pitch mix that could be great if healthy down the stretch. No way he should only be rostered in 1% of leagues. Grab him.
David Bednar (rostered in 2% of Online Champions): He could be the closer in Pittsburgh by the end of the week if they move Richard Rodriguez as expected. Why not Bednar? Kyle Crick is also available but has largely been ineffective. A small bid on Bednar might get you 4-5 saves down the stretch and some strikeouts.
Tanner Houck (rostered in 5% of Online Champions): Houck was called up this week and pitched three innings and earned a save on Friday night. But his role moving forward will be in the Boston rotation. Add him and see what happens. With Garrett Richards being ineffective and the Red Sox waiting on Chris Sale's return, Houck could give you a few good outings in the meantime.