For the most part Americans, with the exception of the day after Thanksgiving, detest leftovers. But in the case of fantasy baseball owners, leftovers offer opportunity especially early on. If you pick enough teams you’ll be in the situation that my brother Paul was, the day after a draft, when he texted me saying I gotta blow this mess apart. I’m not advocating such drastic action but if there were a few iffy picks consider immediate changes. Trolling the waiver wire is a critical part of any dominant team. Regardless of format, depth makes the difference, in particular, in the daily lineup format. Below you will see a “team” of players that in 12 team mixed leagues (with 28 rounds) more than likely will be available. Availability will vary league to league. Expert ADP’s in parenthesis are courtesy of FantasyPros.
C- Tucker Barnhart, Reds (294)
Nothing special, but in that park, in that lineup, potential for improvement to “worthy” level – 17 HRS and 60 RBI.
1B- Yonder Alonso, White Sox (364)
Went from being a line drive hitter to bashing 51 HRs the past two years. Regressed last year, but now is playing on a new team and in a bandbox for the Chisox, easily could rip 25 homers and get back to slugger – like OPS range >.825.
2B- Jeff Mcneil, Mets (293)
Now is the time for the 27 year old who can play 2B or 3B. Always regarded as a “hit tool guy” but never highly touted. Last years combo numbers (22-90-13 SBs) along with 107 runs give him instant credibility. The Mets offense is retooled big time with the additions of Cano, and Ramos , if this guy can continue the Daniel Murphy impression (with a better glove) watch out.
SS- Brandon Crawford, Giants (332)
Bench material only but can get hot at times and gets lots of playing times. Don’t expect more, or less, than 15 HRS 60 RBI and .252.
3B- Scott Kingery, Phils (385)
Phillies infield is well-stocked but don’t think for a second that he’s not a 20/20 player some time soon. Last years numbers 8-55-10 were decent, not good. Ability to play many positions could get the 25 year old in the lineup at some point – maybe this time to stay.
OF- Greg Allen, Indians (319)
Designated speedster who had a great spring (6 steals) could eventually be placed atop the lineup. With Ramirez and eventually Lindor stroking behind him, massive run scored potential. At 26 years old, easily the Indian outfielder to own in 2019 even considering his current role as 4th OF.
Kevin Kiermaier, Rays (321)
Gold Glove outfielder and perennial Medical Menace Award winner. The past three years he’s played 291 games AND MISSED 191! Based on that, I’m actually surprised he’s ranked as high as he is. Nonetheless, when on the field and playing, easily a valid 3rd or 4th outfielder with 20-20 ability (yes, I dream a lot).
Adam Frazier, Bucs (326)
A Punch and Judy hitter with wheels once, now is a valuable multi-position player capable of 15 bombs and decent overall production. A fan favorite, will play 2B lead off to begin season and offer a good plug and play for daily leagues.
UTILITY- Wilmer Flores, D’Backs (387)
The departure of Goldie and loss of Souza for the season offer playing time. He also plays multiple positions in a favorable hitters park. When given a chance will hit for power and decent average without the fanfare.
DH- Ji Man Choi, Rays (413)
Brewers discard got better once traded to Tampa Bay. Has plus power but struggles mightily against lefties. Even in a platoon state, 25 bombs and a pleasant find.
SP- Caleb Smith, Marlins (491)
Bust Out Special at 27 years old if given an opportunity. Showed flashes last year (88 Ks in 83 innings . 4.19 ERA and 1.24 WHIP) if he can take it to the pole 30 times expect a sub four ERA and >150 K’s even on this crappy team.
Zach Eflin, Phils (309)
Unlike Caleb Smith in many ways. First, he’s on a good team that easily can win 100 games. Second, he pitches in a bandbox (not ideal). Third, he pitched more last year (128 IP/, 123 K’s, 4.36 ERA, 1.30) . Also he’s an imposing 6’6″ and on the upswing at only 25 years old.
RP- Yoshihisa Hirano, D’Backs (374)
Last year was a big success for a 34 year old rookie with 32 holds and a stellar 2.44 ERA. Could get a chance to close if Holland implodes and Bradley is used in the game in a balance role.
Diego Castillo, Rays (418)
As a 25 year old sparkled with 65 K’s in 57 innings and a 0.95 WHIP. An imposing force at 6’3″ and 250 lbs, fires the ball 100+MPH. If Alvarado falters he’ll be nailing down saves like a rivet gun. If not he has a chance to be a 115 strikeout buzzsaw who could occasionally be stretched out in the dumb ass opener role.
In the weeks ahead I will be patrolling the HI/LO market – who to dump/trade and who to seek out. For a free sample check out the grand finale of HI/LO in 2018.
Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio Show: Join host Brian Roach, Jr, and Cole Freel live on Sunday March 24th, 2019 from 7:30-9:45pm EST for episode #146 of Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio. We are a live broadcast that will take callers at 323-870-4395. Press 1 to speak with the host. You can listen live on blogtalk, majorleaguefantasysports.com, or download the podcast on I-Tunes or any Android podcast app. This will be our first LIVE Major League Fantasy Baseball draft show. The boys will be doing a play by play while Kevin Bzdek is drafting in MLFB1. We will be taking live calls from the league owners as well.
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Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio Show: Join host Cole Freel, and Kyle Amore live on Thursday March 28th, 2019 from 9-10:30pm EST for episode #147 of Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio. We are a live broadcast that will take callers at 323-870-4395. Press 1 to speak with the host. You can listen live on blogtalk, majorleaguefantasysports.com, or download the podcast on I-Tunes or any Android podcast app. This is our OPENING DAY special. Cole and Kyle will discuss the latest happenings in the world of MLB and fantasy.