HG - The trade deadline closes to start week 16 which means new players on contending teams and young players stepping in to extended playing time. Keep an eye as the deadline ends to be quick to jump on players who have their value boosted. Rookies or young players seeing their first extended playing time of their MLB career are having an impact across the fantasy landscape including; Josh Bell, Rafael Devers, Whit Merrifield, Chris Taylor, Michael Conforto, Nick Williams and Parker Bridwell.
Josh Bell 1B Pirates - The rookie slugger is on a very nice run of late with a 364 batting average, on base of 400 over his last 70 at bats along with 3 long balls and 17 runs knocked in. Bell is up to 18 long balls and 55 RBI to go with an OPS of 818 as the young lefty slugger is a good option going forward.
Whit Merrifield 2B Royals - Merrifield continues to anchor a hot Royals team scoring a bunch of runs since his ascension to the lead off spot. The 28-year-old is batting 347 since the All-Star break to go with an on base of 411 with 4 homers over his last 6 games. Merrifield is now batting 300 with 11 homers, 43 runs driven in, 42 runs scored and 16 stolen bases making him a dynamite addition to your team.
Chris Taylor 3B/2B/OF Dodgers - Taylor is another unsung player playing a big role for a Dodgers team 40+ games above break even. The utility player is batting lead off with a 7-game hit streak and hits in 12 of his last 13 games. Taylor is batting 319 with 12 dingers, 48 RBI, 53 runs scored and 12 stolen bases making him a player that can contribute in all five offensive categories for fantasy.
Rafael Devers 3B Red Sox - The top Red Sox’s prospect is now up for Boston at the hot corner after batting 311 combined in two minor leagues stop. Devers also hit 20 long balls, 65 RBI in 86 games. Grab Devers before he really starts to take off.
Michael Conforto OF Mets - Conforto has come out of the All-Star break hot, batting 311 with 7 long balls, 12 runs and 13 RBI in just 16 games. The young lefty is now up to 21 homers and 54 runs knocked in making him a nice addition to any fantasy team.
Nick Williams OF Phillies - Williams has come up from the minors and has hits in 11 of his last 13 games with 17 hits over his last 49 at bats. The rookie is batting 306 with 3 homers and 16 RBI over his hot streak making him a player worth using in the near term.
Alex Cobb SP Rays - Cobb has been on a very nice run since July 2 with an impressive 2.24 ERA in 64.1 innings to go with 38 Ks over this streak. The Ray’s ace has induced double figures in ground ball outs in 7 of his last 9 starts which has his seasonal ERA at 3.46. Own Cobb in all leagues and formats.
Kevin Gausman SP/RP Orioles - Gausman got off to a horrendous start to 2017 but of late has really turned the corner with three straight quality starts. The former top pick of the O’s has allowed just one run over 20.2 innings while punching out 24 batters. Gausman is starting to show his potential that he has struggled to display with any consistency.
Parker Bridwell SP/RP Angels - Bridwell has hurled four straight quality outings and 5 in his last 6 times to the bump for the Halos. The young righty has allowed just 5 runs over the last 26.2 innings and with a very nice 2.83 ERA in 54 frames. Bridwell is a good plug and play option.
Jhoulys Chacin RP/SP Padres - Chacin continues to turn back the clock to his glory days in Colorado with 8 quality starts over his last 10 games and an ERA of just 2.77 since June 1. He has thrown 61.2 innings with a WHIP of 1.14 and 52 strikeouts and makes for a nice addition to any owners’ roster.