We have officially gotten past the halfway point. I know, but Joe, we have not gotten to the All-Star game yet. Don’t be fooled. The halfway point of the season every season is before the actual All-Star game and it is something that I feel most people do not realize.
In head-to-head leagues, don’t look now, you have been well past the halfway point of your regular season for a few weeks already. I know in my head-to-head league my playoffs start in just over a month from now. So there is not much time to make the right moves to secure a spot in the playoffs. In roto leagues, you have a bit more time, just don’t fall asleep too much or you will lose out on productive players.
We have had some fantastic news on the injury front this week with many stars returning including Hunter Pence, Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Miller. All three have made immediate impacts for their major league teams and your Fantasy Baseball team.
Of course there is bad news too on the injury front and it involves some pretty major players. Miggy Cabrera leads the way being sidelined for six weeks due to a grade three hamstring strain. Oblique injuries have claimed Stephen Strasburg, who is already on the DL and it could get Starling Marte too, who is day-to-day. I could go on, or you could just read Graham Briggs latest injury report.
Since I will not be writing before the All-Star break, enjoy the game and festivities, especially a loaded home run derby. I’m not a huge fan of the All-Star game, but I know I’m just happy the AL voting was mostly corrected and there are not eight Royals starting.
Waiver Wire Targets
All players I am suggesting are owned in 30% or less of ESPN leagues. Of course if there are better players available in your league that are owned in more than 30% of leagues, by all means get them first.
Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona Cardinals Owned in 8.1% of ESPN Leagues
I mentioned Lamb in one of my first articles this season, only to see him get hurt almost immediately after. I hope I don’t put the jinx on him again.
If you think there is no such thing as a jinx, then go ahead and pick him up. Over the last two weeks he has hit a cool .356 with seven runs and RBI with one home run and steal. Yes, he sits against lefties, but he is worth a look in deeper leagues.
John Jaso, C, Tampa Bay Rays 5.1%
Jaso has had his last two seasons cut short due to concussions. To hopefully keep him healthy he was set to DH this year for the Rays, but even that could not save him from missing time because of injury. In just the first game this season he injured his finger and landed on the DL.
He was finally activated just a couple of days ago and has gotten off to a hot start, going 3 for 4 in his first two games with a home run and three runs scored. Jaso will be batting lead off and even in the low production Rays offense that is valuable.
Andrew Heaney, SP, Los Angeles Angels 32.4%
OK I’m bending the rules here a bit since he is owned over 30% of leagues, but it is close enough and he really needs to be discussed.
I almost listed Heaney last week, but ultimately decided not to since he was playing in Colorado in his next start and I steer clear of pitchers in that park, especially those that are available
Well I wish I had now as he pitched fantastic. Heaney limited the Rockies to two runs in 7.1 innings pitched. That is superb in Colorado.
I get the hesitation since he has been very disappointing overall in his previous call-ups, but the top prospect has a 1.77 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in his three starts this season. I highly doubt he keeps that pace up, especially knowing his FIP is 3.13. Even so that would make him very worthy of owning in all leagues.
Jason Motte, RP, Chicago Cubs 24.5%
Jason Motte is part of a bullpen by committee approach the Cubs are taking right now. Even though he will not be guaranteed to get all the saves he should still be owned in way more leagues than 24.5%.
Now I would not go dropping anyone who is the main closer for their team right now to pick up Motte. However if you have a roster spot to burn and are rather desperate for saves, then Motte is who you want right now.
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