By: Graham McMullen
We’re at that point of the season where we all know where our fantasy team is; whether you’re dealing with a plethora of injuries or not. If you want to take advantage of some frustrated owners in your league, I’ve compiled a list of buy-low candidates. Mind you, veteran GMs in your league probably aren’t ready to give up on a few of these guys.
Stanton struggled to get anything going after his 2-bomb performance in the season opener against the Blue Jays. Yankees fans let him know it too. Stanton is striking out quite a bit but only has 13 home runs. Most players would be happy with have 13 home runs at this point of the season but Stanton is held to higher expectations. He isn’t going to hit 50 home runs this season, however, he will likely have a higher home run:at-bat ratio moving forward.
Goldschmidt is a perennial MVP-calibre player. If there’s any player you should attempt to acquire, it’s this guy. Goldschmidt does it all; hits for average, hits home runs, steals bases, compiles RBIs, knows how to take a walk, etc. If you need someone to pad your offensive stats all around, trade for Goldschmidt.
Donaldson is a high-risk high-reward player this season. If Toronto has a poor June, Donaldson will most-certainly be traded in July. That being said, take this with a grain of salt. Injuries have plagued him again this season and the trade market for a third baseman will likely be thin again with Mike Moustakas rumoured to be available. However, everyone knows that JD has the ability to be the best player in the league at times. Make your own call on Donaldson.
You could probably grab Buxton for a relief pitcher and a bucket of curve balls right now. Despite his injuries, he has had an abysmal start. The Twins want to take full advantage of the awful A.L. Central and will do anything to get their star centre fielder going. Look for a spike in his batting average and, with that, the stolen bases will come.
I can’t count the amount of people who thought Contreras was going to be the best N.L. catcher this season. He hasn’t had a poor start, but he can explode at any time. If you can somehow snag Contreras, way to go.
Mets fans are getting tired of waiting for Cespedes to break out as the MVP-like player they’re paying him to be. He has been out of action the past three weeks with a hip injury. Cespedes will be taking live at-bats this week so he is getting close to returning to the team. Cespedes has the ability to hit 20 home runs in the second half.
Moncada is close to finally breaking out as a star. He is working on striking out less and will likely finish this season with >15 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and 60 RBIs. That’s not bad for playing on the White Sox. He’s a re-draft league buy-low option, but it will take a king’s ransom to acquire him in keeper/dynasty leagues.
Although it’s time to stop labelling Kershaw as the best pitcher in the game, he is still a stud and the Dodgers got off to a rocky start. Kershaw has been dealing with injuries again but even with a losing record, he has managed to keep his ERA below 3.00. That’s pretty impressive.
The Indians are finally above .500 and will continue to increase their winning percentage. Carrasco is on pace to eclipse the 200 K milestone; that’s useful on any fantasy team. He is currently sporting a 4.50 ERA with a 6-4 record.
The Cubs are waiting on Darvish to get going. He hasn’t pitched since May 20th but his injury looks relatively benign and he is expected to rejoin the team in mid-June. Darvish will continue to strikeout more batters than innings he pitches, he just needs to get that ERA down.
One of the bigger potential trade pieces this summer; Archer is a strikeout machine. That being said, he tends to miss his spot a lot for a top-end starter and it usually ends badly for the ace. I think he will benefit from a change of scenery and a different pitching coach (I think catchers are some of the best pitching coaches out there).
Why wouldn’t you want Keuchel? The Astros are dominant again this year and they are showing one of the deepest rotations in all of baseball. Not a strikeout king, but he can definitely win more games than he loses from this point of the season onward.
Similar to Kershaw, the Dodgers are coming and going with their pitching. Hill has fallen victim to the blister problem so many other pitchers have endured. If he can prove to his medical team that he can play, then he’s worth acquiring in your league to bolster your rotation.