What can we say? The last six weeks of fantasy baseball is always a struggle to keep an effective lineup. Injuries pile up as the grind of a six-month season takes its toll, and fatigue also sets in with hot weather across the country.
If you’re sitting on the same lineup every day, you’re probably watching your team sink the league standings. Don’t let that happen. A lot is on the line right now, and league championships are won or lost in the closing weeks of August.
Players to Get on Your Team Now
1. Eric Sogard, IF, Tampa Bay Rays: In six seasons with Oakland, Nerd Power hit just eight home runs while posting a .609 OPS. This season alone, Sogard has 13 HRs, and his .874 OPS is more than respectable for a middle infielder. Must be the climate change.
2. Will Smith, C, Los Angeles Dodgers: Need a catcher than not only doesn’t hurt your team but can help it? Smith is your guy. The rookie has ten home runs already in just 25 games, and he also is hitting .329 right now. Good luck finding a better hitting backstop.
3. Emilio Pagán, RP, Tampa Bay Rays: How this nominal closer is not rostered in close to 75 percent of online fantasy leagues is mystifying. Pagán has rung up 76 strikeouts in under 53 innings, and he now has 13 saves on the season, too. Grab him if you can.
4. Jeff Samardzija, SP, San Francisco Giants: He’s quietly become the Giants best starter in 2019, after leading the National League in losses two years ago. He has only nine victories, but the 3.54 ERA is going to help your team as will his solid strikeout total.
Players to Drop to Waivers Now
1. Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., UTL, Toronto Blue Jays: What a season for the Toronto utility man, who has eligibility in three different positions. However, the injury bug has struck him, and the Blue Jays will probably shut him down for the year. Keep an eye on it.
2. Shane Greene, RP, Atlanta Braves: The player who posted a 5.12 ERA and gave up 9.7 hits per nine innings last year while closing for Detroit has reappeared in Atlanta the last few weeks. The Braves bullpen is going to operate with a committee now, so don’t bother.
3. Jake Arrieta, SP, Philadelphia Phillies: Hopefully, you dropped him a long time ago, but if not, it’s time now. The 4.64 ERA and 1.474 WHIP are brutal. Makes you wonder what was in the water at Wrigley, since Arrieta has been mediocre (at best) elsewhere.
4. Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals: Back on April 15, we suggested picking him up. However, he has hit just .213 in the second half since the All-Star Game, and with just eight RBI in the same time frame, he is reverting back to his 2016-2018 slump.