Each week, we will take a look at a few players who would make good pickups in your season long fantasy leagues. We will try mix it up to have a good distribution of pitching and hitters to help you dominate your fantasy leagues.
Nomar Mazara – 45% owned – Mazara is the top of the two prospects to grab this week. He will be filling in for the injured Shin Soo Choo in Texas, and has a great opportunity to make a splash. He has long been one of the biggest prospects in the Rangers organization, and now will get his chance to prove he’s ready for the big show.
Mallex Smith – 18% – Smith is far less owned, but has a great deal of talent. Due to Ender Inciarte’s injury, Smith is being called up to the Braves main roster. He has great speed and is one of the top prospects of the organization. He may not be up for long, but could certainly give you stolen base help.
Scooter Gennett – 16% – Gennett isn’t a name that should be unfamiliar to anyone, but is still ridiculously under-owned right now. The Brewers typically bat him 2nd or 7th, but he’s got very good power, especially against right-handers. He should be a pretty reliable play seeing that he is in a favorable park.
Jeremy Hazelbaker – 5% – Randall Grichuk is having a slow start to the season, so long time minor leaguer Jeremy Hazelbaker is being given the opportunity to get some playing time. He is primarily in use against right-handers, where they will be batting him in the second position. He has very good speed too, which makes him a good target that can contribute in multiple categories.
Joey Rickard –14% – If you ready my daily write-ups, you’ll know that I like Rickard quite a bit. He started the season batting out of the nine hole, but due to Adam Jones’ abdominal strain, Rickard now sees himself hitting leadoff. While he hasn’t shown it yet, he does have great stolen base upside. His position at the top of the lineup is probably not permanent, but he will still be a vital part of this lineup.
Aaron Nola – 54% – Nola has long been a top prospect in the Phillies organization, and got his call-up last year. This year, he started out having a great first start. The biggest reason to pick him up this week is to take advantage of a plus matchup against San Diego on Monday. Even if you can’t pick him up for that outing, he’s got a ton of upside.
Joe Ross – 58% – The National’s pitcher was a major sleeper coming into the 2016 season, and proved many right in his first outing. He can get the job done, and has a great offense backing him up. You can do a lot worse at the pitching position this week.