Chris Owings - 2B/SS, Arizona Diamondbacks (8% Owned) - Owings might be starting to settle in to an everyday major leaguer role. He’s hit .300/.317/.475 in his last 10 games while starting at 2B every game. There’s double-digit HR pop in his bat so he’s a sneaky source of power from the middle infield position. In Yahoo leagues, Owings has SS eligibility as well and could slide over to that position full time if Nick Ahmed continues to struggle at the plate. The one knock on Owings is his 20:2 K:BB ratio. The low walk totals are consistent with his minor league numbers, but the number of strikeouts are alarming.
Jimmy Paredes - 3B/DH, Baltimore Orioles (2% Owned) - Jimmy Paredes has spent the last week hitting out of the 2 and 3 hole for Baltimore and putting up great numbers in the process. In only 6 starts this year, Paredes is hitting .320/.346/.640 with 2 HRs and a stolen base. Paredes has always been a threat to steal, but never showed the type of power that would lead me to believe this HR-rate can continue. He’s still in a great position of a powerful lineup and should put up solid counting stats while he’s there.
Freddy Galvis - 3B/SS, Philadelphia Phillies (3% Owned) - The starting SS for the Phillies, Freddy Galvis has been off to a fast start this year. He’s hitting .345/.400/.455 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs. What intrigues me most about Galvis is his SS/3B eligibility on Yahoo and the fact that he’s been seeing some time in the two-hole for Philadelphia. He’s getting the PT and despite not offering any power, Galvis is still start-worthy in deep formats.
Tim Beckham - SS, Tampa Bay Rays (3% Owned) - A carryover from last week’s list, Tim Beckham has continued his hot hitting despite not starting every day. Beckham has played some DH, 2B, and SS in the past week as Kevin Cash works his bat into the lineup. The ownership level will stay down on Beckham as long as he doesn’t have a full-time starters role, but his ability to play multiple positions increases the chance that an injury opens up an opportunity for Beckham to thrive. Grab and hold on to Beckham while he’s still widely available.
Paulo Orlando - OF, Kansas City Royals (1% Owned) - Another name from last week’s list, Orlando’s stock has risen in the last seven days. The RF job is all his and Jarrod Dyson has been moved to a strictly bench role. Orlando has hit well all season with 5 triples, a steal, and a .293/.356/.561 line. Alex Rios is still going to be out for a while, and Orlando has solidified his role as the replacement.
Nate Karns - SP, Tampa Ba Rays (3% Owned) - Karns was roughed up in his last start, but Tampa doesn’t have many alternative options for the rotation so he’ll get another shot against the Yankees this week. There will be a few turns where you have to sit Karns, but by and large we should get plenty of useful starts from him.
Kevin Jepsen - RP, Tampa Bay Rays (6% Owned) - Another solid week from Jepsen, as he picked up a HLD and put up shutdown innings in relief. Boxberger still remains the closer, but Jepsen is going to boost any team’s ratios, get a bunch of K’s, and is next in line for the closer’s role.
Travis Wood - SP, Chicago Cubs (7% Owned) - Wood remains one of my favorite SP options in the waiver wire. The Cubs are playing well, Wood is firmly entrenched in the rotation, and he puts up quality results on a consistent basis. Wood doesn’t often implode and ruin your fantasy week and you can count on him for a handful of K’s and a chance for a W.
Jesse Chavez - SP/RP, Oakland A’s (7% Owned) - Chavez has been lights out all year in his long-relief role for Oakland. If his role never changes, he still has value in most formats due to the elite ratios he is putting up. The reason I’m even bigger on Chavez is the struggles of Kendall Graveman. I suspect he won’t last much longer in the rotation after getting crushed by the Astros this afternoon. Chavez figures to be the first to step up and fill in.
Chris Young - SP, Kansas City Royals (1% Owned) - Chris Young continues to produce, and playing for Kansas City he can rack up some W’s. I’m not overly excited about rostering Chris Young, but if you are desperate for innings, Young won’t kill you.
Graduates from last week’s list: Jake Marisnick (12% Owned), Odrisamer Despaigne (10% Owned),
Dropouts: Kevin Pillar (3% Owned) - lost starter’s role to a returning Michael Saunders, Andre Ethier (5% Owned) - Puig’s return from injury takes most of Ethier’s ABs,