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.
Robert Refsnyder – 1% owned – To be completely honest with you, I was absolutely shocked when I saw he was only 1% owned. He was seeing only sparse playing time, but now that Mark Teixeira has been ruled out for a few weeks, I would expect to see him more heavily involved. Refsnyder will produce if given the opportunity, and I believe he has a higher ceiling in the short term than both Profar and Turner.
Jurickson Profar – 29% owned – Speaking of produce, Profar has done just that in his short time after being called up with Rougned Odor being suspended. Initially, it was thought that he would only be up for those seven games, but he has produced so well, that at least over the last two games, he has unseated Price Fielder as the designated hitter. I would assume he is only likely to last in the majors until his hot streak runs its course, but it is certainly possible to get a few more weeks out of it.
Trea Turner – 41% owned – Turner is making most peoples lists, because he is probably the better overall talent. The big problem here is that Dusty Baker mentioned that this isn’t a long term thing, and that kills a lot of the value that you would get from Turner. If you have the space to stash him, I think it makes complete sense, but even in the time he has been up, he has only started 1/3 possible games.
Tyler Naquin – 2% owned – Outfield is always a pretty expansive position, but Naquin seems to finally be settling into his role on the team and in the league, which makes me very interested in picking him up and using him in a utility spot. He picked up his first two home runs of the year this weekend, and that is a positive sign.
Michael Fulmer – 49% owned – Fulmer didn’t really have the best start to his MLB career, but that can be said about many players who ended up turning into great players. His last three starts were very good, as he is settling into his role on the team. I don’t think he can be a great addition for ERA and WHIP, and can toss in some strikeouts as well.
Archie Bradley – 20% owned – Bradley is a far more risky option, but sometimes we forget how much talent he has. The stadium is definitely an issue, but we saw him produce 19 strikeouts in two matchups between the Padres and the Cubs at home. He should be heavily considered for strikeouts while Rubby de la Rosa and Shelby Miller are on the DL.