Scoop up these names in fantasy baseball

Scoop up these names in fantasy baseball


[THEME MUSIC] BRANDON FUNSTON: This is Brennan Funston, Yahoo Sports, looking at some hot-off-the-waiver-wire guys to look at in your fantasy leagues. And a guy I really like, a guy I own, Travis Shaw in Boston. Basically, “Wally Pipping” Pablo Sandoval there for the Red Sox. If look at Panda on the DL with a shoulder injury. He’s out for a while, and I don’t even know if he’d be playing if he was healthy. Travis Shaw had a better spring than Sandoval when they were competing for that hot corner position there. You look at Shaw last year, emerged on the scene the final two months of the season, hit 13 home runs. Has been great, and he’s off and running again this year, well over 300 hitting in a top 10 lineup in terms of offense as a Boston Red Sox. So that’s a team that’s going to continue to be there. They have a bunch of great hitters, so if you’re hitting in the middle there, should be a lot of run production for Travis Shaw. Available in about 60% of Yahoo leagues. Go out and grab him. You can play him at first, you can play him at third. A nice guy to at least have on your bench, but he’s a guy I’m playing right now. Another guy I like is Yasmany Thomas in Arizona. He wasn’t much to write home about last year, his first season with the Diamondbacks, just nine home runs in a little over a hundred games. Expected the power to be a little bit better. But if you look at his batting profile this year, though, I mean, he didn’t look like he was in great shape last year. Looks like he’s in much better shape this year. If you look at his plate approach, it looks a lot better. He’s not swinging as wildly. And he’s also getting more lift on the ball, hitting more fly balls. That should ultimately be much better for his power production. He has a couple of home runs already. What I really like here, though, lately we’re seeing him hit right behind Paul Goldschmidt, who’s been one of the best on-base percentage guys in the league. If he continues to do that, there’s a lot of RBIs that can be had there. So Yasmany Thomas available in about two-thirds of Yahoo leagues as a nice spec play for anybody who needs an outfielder. Or even a guy– he’s eligible at third base as well. Finally, let’s look at a closer available on the wire. Any closer that’s out there that’s closing games for a team needs to be added. Right now Alex Colome in Tampa Bay is available in over 50% of Yahoo leagues. If you look what he’s done, he’s got a win, two saves. He’s closing games. Brad Boxberger expected to be the closer there is on the DL, has an abdominal injury. And there’s no guarantee that Boxberger’s going to come back and take over this job. Remember, yes, he’d had 41 saves last year, but he also have the second highest ERA, the second highest whip among all closers last year that had at least 25 saves. So you also had 10 losses. So Boxberger not exactly lights out. Alex Colome has been lights out, been very good as a reliever, low ratios right now, over a strikeout per inning, throwing mid-90s fastball. He’s looking like a closer. And, like I said, he could continue to run with his job even after Brad Boxberger returns. So go out and grab him if he’s still available in your league.

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