You’re going head-to-head this week against a fantasy baseball team that is ahead of you in the standings and this week is a must win for your fantasy squad.
Below are a few bats and arms to think about. Potential fantasy baseball waiver wire adds that could put you over the top this week and for weeks to come. All of the rankings and percentages are from Yahoo! sports leagues.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta Braves (65 percent owned)
If you’re looking for some pop in your fantasy lineup then Dan Uggla is your guy. His six home runs over the last month are two behind the major league lead and his 16 RBI over the past month are only six behind the league lead. He’s worth an add if you can get over his poor .193 batting average for the season.
Chris Johnson, 1B,3B, Atlanta Braves (64 percent owned)
Why not grab one of the hottest bats off one of the hottest teams in the league? Only the Detroit Tigers scored more runs than the Atlanta Braves last month and the St. Louis Cardinals are the only National League team to score more runs than the Braves this season.
Chris Johnson just ended a streak of eight consecutive multi-hit games which tied a franchise record (Hank Aaron accomplished the same feat in 1959). Johnson is enjoying a breakout year with Atlanta posting a .346 batting average that has him behind only Miguel Cabrera. He has 117 hits on the season and his 28 hits since the All-Star break are the most in the majors. Over the last month Johnson has a .367 batting average to go along with 16 RBI and 16 runs. He has been the 28th best fantasy players over the last 30 days.
Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (49 percent owned)
Over the last month Colby Rasmus has a .379 batting average with 13 RBI and 14 runs but has only two home runs over that span which is surprising because he has 17 on the year. He won’t be able to keep this pace up but he continues to put the ball in play with a .377 average, 8 RBI and 8 runs over his last two weeks. He’s ranked as the 54th best fantasy baseball player over the last month and there is a 50/50 chance he is available in your league.
Junior Lake, 3B,OF, Chicago Cubs (36 percent owned)
The kid has showed some serious pop since being inserted into the Chicago Cubs lineup. Junior Lake has four ‘get out of here in a hurry’ home runs in 18 games. His .333 average will likely come down – as may the home runs – because he’s never shown that kind of power in the minors, but Lake is certainly taking advantage of his opportunities and should be given the chance to play out the season in Chicago. If your fantasy baseball team is on the outside looking in this year why not give him a try and if you can afford to stash him away or just ride the hot streak, then do it. Worse comes to worst, he’ll be a solid keeper depending on your league formant. His 4/5 afternoon against the Dodgers on Friday to go along with this the night before has made a believer out of me.
Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (27 percent owned)
Another Blue Jay? Really? Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to leave all the Jays pitchers off below when we get to our potential fantasy baseball pitcher waiver wire adds of the week. Rajai Davis on the other hand can do a lot of good right now for your fantasy team. Davis batted second in the Jays lineup yesterday and produced with three hits and three runs. He grabbed three more stolen bases and it’s almost certain that he’ll swipe a bag for you every time he gets on base.
Davis has 11 stolen bases over the last two weeks and his 14 over the last month are the most in the majors making him a valuable fantasy baseball asset to your team. He has 34 on the year despite being a part-time player and with Melky Cabrera no longer in the picture, Davis should get more playing time. If he can get on base as the number two guy in a lineup that is the third highest scoring in the American League, then he’ll provide runs as well. We have seen this type of potential from Davis before.
Michael Saunders, OF, Seattle Mariners (14 percent owned)
Michael Saunders, Mr. RBI! Well… his 20 RBI over the past 30 days suggest that you can call him that, at least for now. It’s the second most in the majors and it has him ranked as the 23rd best fantasy baseball player for the last month. He has five home runs and 15 runs with a .298 batting average over that time period. Four of those home runs have come in the last two weeks so grab him now while he’s hot.
Chris Archer, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (68 percent owned)
The word is out on Chris Archer now, but during the All-Star break this guy was only owned in five percent of leagues. He has four wins over the last month with a 1.18 ERA and .76 WHIP. Those numbers have him ranked as the 17th best fantasy baseball player over that time frame. See if he’s available via waiver wire or trade.
Dan Haren, SP, Washington Nationals (52 percent owned)
Most fantasy owners gave up on Dan Haren but he’s been a different pitcher since returning from the DL. He hasn’t had the run support of late, but he has two wins in his last two starts including seven scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. Not only has he struck out 32 batters over his last 30 innings he has a 2.40 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Numbers that keep me hanging around.
Wade Miley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks (48 percent owned)
Wade Miley was featured here at Locker Room Fantasy Sports as a top two-start pitcher for this week and his numbers over the last month (4 wins, 1.85 ERA and 103 WHIP) back that up.
Ivan Nova, SP, New York Yankees (38 percent owned)
Ivan Nova is coming off another stellar game and he’s starting to make a believer out of fantasy owners as his stock continues to rise. Over the last month Nova has three wins with a 1.66 ERA. He’s always been a strikeout machine and his early season trip to the DL didn’t change that. Nova’s 48 strikeouts over his last 50.1 innings are reason enough to grab him.
Scott Kazmir, SP, Cleveland Indians (28 percent owned)
I can’t believe Scott Kazmir is making this list but with three wins over his last five starts he belongs here – he hasn’t lost since June 10th against the Texas Rangers. Yesterday he struck out seven Miami Marlins over six shutout innings, which can only be good for his confidence. It might already be at an all-time high because he’s allowed two runs or less in seven of his last nine starts. The Indians are also playing great ball of late making Kazmir a solid fantasy baseball pick up. He has a 1.95 ERA over the last month with 31 strikeouts over 37 innings. He does have a tough matchup next against the Los Angeles Angels, but if he passes the test don’t hesitate to add him.
Rick Porcello, SP, Detroit Tigers (24 percent owned)
Rick Porcello has allowed three runs or fewer ten times over his last 12 starts which is more than enough for the Detroit Tigers offense to provide fantasy wins for your team. He has three of them over the last month with a 2.36 ERA. Porcello is definitely worth a look and get him now while you can because he’s reeled off six straight quality starts.