The MLB injuries seem to be piling up right now, just when you may need some fantasy players the most. The key each day (or week, depending on your league rules) is to make sure you never have inactive players on your active roster.
In essence, if you want to win in fantasy baseball, you cannot let up now. One day with a few injured or benched players missing games means opportunity has gone by the way side in terms of accumulating fantasy statistics.
Very few players you pick up now will have a huge impact on your final finishing position, although not picking up players to put into your active roster can play a big role in determining just where your team ends up in the final standings.
Players to Get on Your Team Now
1. Scott Oberg, RP, Colorado Rockies: He is the new closer in Colorado, so here is a chance to get some easy saves. With 56 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched, Oberg also is going to help in that category as well. He is also 13-2 combined in the 2018-2019 seasons, so with the offense the Rockies have, there’s a chance for some vulture victories.
2. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: In 93 games this year, the true rookie is hitting .330 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI. The .919 OPS is just icing on the cake, and it’s curious how the San Francisco Giants let this former second-round pick in the 2016 draft get away from them.
3. Gio Urshela, 3B, New York Yankees: The front office in New York deserves kudos for putting together a patchwork team that is awesome for fantasy baseball. Urshela has 17 HRs and 61 RBI in just 309 at-bats this year, and the .936 OPS is pretty shiny. After flaming out in Cleveland and Toronto, Urshela is bombing it in the Bronx.
4. Mike Tauchman, OF, New York Yankees: Where do the Bronx Bombers find these guys? A former Colorado prospect, Tauchman is mashing the ball right now for the Yanks, to the tune of a .975 OPS in 187 ABs. The .305 average and the 12 HRs will fill any hole in your outfield slots.
Players to Drop to Waivers Now
1. Austin Riley, 3B, Atlanta Braves: This is a blow to baseball, as he has a ligament issue that has affected his play. That .512 OPS since the All-Star break was an obvious sign of an injury, but now the rookie should get shut down for the season. Remember that first-half .873 OPS, though, in next year’s drafts, if he’s recovered by then.
2. Edwin Encarnación, 1B, New York Yankees: With a fractured wrist, it’s a sure bet he won’t be anywhere near as effective if/when he returns this season. With 410 career HRs, he has put together a nice stretch of eight years now of 30-plus dingers, but you can’t rely on a guy to come back from wrist injury this late in the season.
3. David Price, SP, Boston Red Sox: He will be 33 later this month and is now on the disabled list with a wrist issue, too. His 4.36 ERA and 1.320 WHIP are only partially tolerable because of the 126 Ks in 105 1/3 IP. Yet his 8.59 ERA since the All-Star Game is frightening, and you should let someone else risk it with him to finish 2019.
4. Wade Davis, RP, Colorado Rockies: He has never been the same since 2017 with the Cubs, despite leading the National League in saves last year. Maybe it’s Coors Field? His 4.91 ERA with the Rockies has finally cost him the closer role in Colorado, so it’s time to dump Davis and that unsightly 1.693 WHIP. Yikes!
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