With the holiday weekend coming up, there are a few pitchers who can brighten up your spare time by playing fantasy league baseball broadcasts in the coming days. There are also a few hitters that could make a long-term difference and a few that should be streaming this weekend. Let’s go deeper:
Vinnie Pasquantino (1B, Kansas City Royals, 34% of participants)
Pasquantino finally made his MLB debut on Tuesday after hitting a triple innings with 18 homers, 67 RBIs and a .948 OPS in 69 games this season. The batter maintained excellent strikeout and walking records during his Minor League career and was positioned as the man to help fantasy teams in the mid to power categories. First base is deep this year, but Pasquantino still has room in most leagues.
Juan Yepes (1B/3B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals, 39%)
As you’ll see in this article, there are a lot of great outfield options now, but the inside picks are less attractive. Yepez can help with any of the corners, and his recent hot stretch at the plate has boosted his OPS to .840. Slugger has hit the middle of the lineup regularly, and his low strikeout rate should provide a solid average that pairs with useful homer and RBI totals.
Nick Senzel (2B/OF, Cincinnati Reds, 12%)
Lately, Senzel has been picking up hits regularly and managing bases aggressively, counting three hits in his last seven games. This weekend is the perfect time to give the fast outfielder a shot as the Reds play eight games next week at their pitcher-friendly home park. And his second basic eligibility is a nice bonus.
Jesus Sanchez (HF, Miami Marlins, 22%)
Sanchez hasn’t hit left-handers at all this season, but the left-hander has batted 10 homers and a .791 OPS against right-handers. Five of those long balls came in June, and he could get off to a good start in July when he faces three mediocre right-handers in the national team starter this weekend who are part of a pitching team that ranks 29th in baseball with a 5.10 ERA. .
Alec Thomas (HF, Arizona Diamondbacks, 21%)
Thomas’ low level of participation in the Sportzshala leagues continues to baffle me. Rookie is a premium prospect who has a good start in the Majors (0.724 OPS) and can collect homers and steals. It’s the perfect weekend to give Thomas a shot as he should do well in three games at forward-friendly Coors Field.
David Peralta (HF, Arizona Diamondbacks, 5%)
Those looking to get into Coors Field play but don’t have access to Thomas in the deeper leagues can take Peralta instead, who has produced nine homers and .761 OPS this year. The left-handed outfielder should play against right-handers in the starting lineup on Friday and Sunday, but is likely to start Saturday on the bench.
Darik Hall (Utah, Philadelphia Phillies, 1%)
Hall hit a home run twice in his second career game on Thursday, which could be a sign that he’s ahead of a batter who’s already hit 20 long balls in Triple-A this year. The 26-year-old is unlikely to provide a useful average and is not ready to be considered in most leagues, but he can be added to deep formats.
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Tyler Wells (SP, Baltimore Orioles, 30%)
Wells has quietly become one of baseball’s most reliable starters, giving up three or fewer tries in each of his last 14 starts. The right-hander won’t be a stellar strikeout source and he’s going to have a tough game against Minnesota on Sunday, but he’s been so consistent that I’d give him a shot in any league where I was chasing points or wins.
Brady Singer (JV, Kansas City Royals, 23%)
Since rejoining the Royals rotation on May 17, Singer has produced a slightly bloated 4.28 ERA but a solid 1.12 WHIP and a great 43:9 K:BB ratio. The right-hander has a great chance of having an amazing outing when he faces a Tigers lineup on Saturday that was terrible (.585 OPS) against right-handers.
Marco Gonzalez (SP, Seattle Mariners, 37%)
Gonzalez isn’t as good as his 3.31 ERA shows as his K:BB line is a terrible 47:31 and his 5.22 FIP more accurately reflects his skills this year. So why is Gonzalez in this article? Because the southpaw is still good enough to have a quality start when he works at home on Friday against lineup A, who is 28th in the OPS against lefties (.626).