Down the stretch, players come out of nowhere to produce.
Players become fringy waiver wire trash to must-start options.
In the blink of an eye, these players can make the difference to you winning your league.
It takes the keen eye of a coherent manager to notice a player as they heat up towards the end of the year.
Let’s take a look at five players that can give you the edge at the end of the season.
Five Players That Can Win You a Fantasy Baseball Championship
Devon Travis, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
Devon Travis is FINALLY producing the way everyone was expecting him to earlier in the year.
After starting the season on the DL, Travis stumbled severely out of the gate but as of late has really come alive. Over the past month, Travis has 17 runs, four homers and 13 RBI while batting a robust .374. He now finds himself batting atop one of baseball’s lethal lineups and could be a very solid piece down the stretch.
Logan Forsythe, 1B/2B, Tampa Bay Rays
Logan Forsythe’s season has gone similarly to Devon Travis’.
Forsythe was sluggish out of the gates after an injury that derailed the start of his 2016 season. And, again, like Travis, has really picked up the pace as of late. The past month Forsythe has 32 runs, seven homers, 20 RBI and batting a modest .278 average. He’s batting on top of a mediocre lineup but his homer and speed make him a valuable piece down the stretch.
Travis Jankowski, OF, San Diego Padres
Quick question: Do you need steals? If you answered yes, then Travis Jankowski is your guy.
Jankowski has sneakily been stealing bases at an impressive clip. In 87 games this season, Jankowski has 25 stolen bases for the San Diego Padres. Jank is also benefitting from Melvin Upton’s departure to Toronto has he finds himself leading off and starting in center field on a regular basis for the Pads.
Keon Broxton, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers, yet again, are out of it and are auditioning their prospects.
Keon Broxton is getting a second look at the major league level. Broxton is a top level prospect for the Brewers and could do some serious damage in a full-time role. Boxton has the bat and the wheels to be a very productive player for the rebuilding Brewers. Jump on this guy if he’s available in your league.
Aaron Altherr, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Altherr more than likely was forgotten in your league due to him missing 80-percent of the season due to injury.
Altherr, similar to Keon Broxton, has the ability to hit the long ball and the wheels to make a difference on the base paths. Both players are playing for less than desirable lineups but they’ll get to see plenty of at-bats down the stretch. Snag up Altherr and enjoy his production, especially when he hits ahead of Maikel Franco.
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