Let’s get right into this week’s edition …
In the Field
OF Laynce Nix, Washington
He’s getting regular at bats for the Nationals and he’s hitting for average. Not a lot of potential in the power numbers, but a stop gap solution for the fantasy owner that is having trouble keeping healthy outfielders in their lineup.
3B Chris Johnson, Houston
At a thin position, Johnson seems to be coming on of late after a slow start. He has the capability to have back-to-back games with two hits each, but also can go the other way and go hitless for a couple of games. He’s a regular that won’t hurt you if you are waiting for your starting third baseman to get back to good health.
C Jonathon Lucroy, Milwaukee
Still available in more than half the online leagues, Lucroy has solid numbers despite sitting once or twice per week. As of press time, he’s riding a five-game hitting streak. He’s worth a roster spot in all formats.
2B Ruben Tejada, New York Mets
A little reach here for deep and dynasty leagues, the Mets are giving the youngster a chance. He’s likely eligible at both middle infield positions, and he’s seeing action at second base. Keep an eye on this budding star.
On the Mound
Tim Wakefield, Boston
The ageless wonder dialed up a gem on Sunday night, holding the Chicago Cubs to a single run over six-plus innings. The Red Sox have starter troubles, with both Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey both on the disabled list. Wakefield is likely to get an extended period of time in the rotation, and the Red Sox offense will be able to land him a handful of wins.
Dillion Gee, New York Mets
After picking up his third win of the season, Gee is a guy that is on my “grab and hold” list. He’ll be in the rotation for the short term, and if he continues to pick like he did against the Washington Nationals, then he’d find himself as an every fifth-day regular.
Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh
He won’t get a ton of wins for the Pirates, but the numbers don’t lie. He is 5-2 on the season with a 2.61 earned run average. He has more strikeouts (33) than walks (29). He’s been very efficient and effective, and he’s worth a roster spot in all formats.
Vance Worley, Philadelphia
A reach for the deep and dynasty players, Worley earned at least a couple more starts with a decent effort against the Cincinati Reds. A stash-and-hold for the time being.
Grant Balfour, Oakland
The Athletics “closure du jour” is Balfour. Andrew Bailey is coming back soon, and Brian Fuentes has been ineffective, so Balfour has been the announced closer of the moment. Those that are desperate only need apply here, though he has been an effective middle reliever.
Matt Guerrier, Los Angeles Dodgers
The bullpen in Los Angeles continues to be a dynamic situation. Primarily getting his opportunities in the seventh and eighth inning, Guerrier has been effective. Good middle reliever with the potential to move into getting a chance at closing.