Colby Rasmus - OF, Houston Astros (5% Owned) - Rasmus has been on fire these past 7 days, hitting 3 HRs, scoring 7 Rs and 7 RBIs, and even chipping in a steal. He’s the Astros everyday LF, only occasionally being swapped out against lefties in favor of Robbie Grossman. We are a long time removed from Rasmus’ days as an uber prospect and none of his peripherals suggest that something has changed from previous seasons, so this is a short-term investment with the goal of riding out this hot streak.
Kevin Pillar - OF, Toronto Blue Jays (8% Owned) - He fell off the list last week with the return of Michael Saunders, but after the demotion of Dalton Pompey, Pillar finds himself in the starting CF role for the Blue Jays. Pillar is other-worldly with his defensive capabilities, and that will continue to find him ABs, but he’ll chip in at every category outside of HRs. He’s been bouncing between the 5th, 6th, and 7th holes of the lineup and hitting behind Bautista, Encarnacion, and Martin - an excellent spot for RBI opportunities.
Kyle Blanks - 1B, Texas Rangers (1% Owned) - Mitch Moreland is out for about three weeks, and Kyle Blanks has been tabbed as the replacement 1B for Texas. He’ll hit in the middle of the lineup behind Fielder and Beltre, and will likely split time between 1B and DH. The 1B has a ton of power and has already started to show it with 2 HRs in his first 3 games. There may not be a better, cheap power source on the waiver wire.
Jace Peterson - 2B/3B, Atlanta Braves (2% Owned) - I was always a fan of Peterson’s when he was coming up as a prospect, and he now has an opportunity to play everyday with Atlanta at 2B. He has some multi-position flexibility in Yahoo, in two difficult to fill positions - 2B and 3B. Peterson’s game is all about speed, and he could provide some sneaky value for owners who roll with him.
Dilson Herrera - 2B, New York Mets (3% Owned) - Recently promoted prospect, Dilson Herrera is now the starting 2B for the Mets. Herrera was one of my top sleeper prospects heading into the season because Herrera can flat out rake. He has the innate ability to put bat-to-ball, and with a cup of coffee already under his belt from 2014 Herrera should hit the ground running. I expect him to take the starter’s role and never give it back.
Chris Young - SP, Kansas City Royals (4% Owned) - Back from the dead, Chris Young, looked incredible in his last start against a potent Detroit lineup. He hasn’t solidified his spot in the rotation yet so his ownership numbers are staying down, but Young has looked too good not to get a rotation spot soon. Guthrie, Volquez, Vargas, and Duffy aren’t going to keep Young out of the rotation for long.
Tony Sipp - RP, Houston Astros (3% Owned) - For owners in HLD leagues, Sipp is worth a look. He’s been getting a ton of opportunities in high-leverage opportunities, which have resulted in 2 W’s and 1 HLD in the past week alone. The Astros are playing well and keeping it close late in games, so Sipp should be able to continue to produce at this pace.
Carlos Frias - SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (1% Owned) - The replacement for Brandon McCarthy, Frias steps into Dodgers rotation at a time when he is pitching great. He’s capable of putting up big strikeout numbers, he has yet to give up an earned run this year, and he has arguably the league’s best offense backing him. Frias is a great pickup in any format.
David Phelps - SP, Miami Marlins (3% Owned) - Recently moved into the rotation, Phelps has pitched great as a starter. In 17.2 IP as a starter, Phelps has a 1.53 ERA with 11 Ks. The strikeout numbers will never be great, but he’s in a great home park, and will face the weak offenses of the NL East over and over again. Phelps is a solid long-term add with the only threat to his rotation spot being the return of Jose Fernandez.
Colby Lewis - SP, Texas Rangers (4% Owned) - Lewis is entrenched in the Texas rotation and going to throw a ton of innings this year. You’ll have to actively manage Lewis and sit him against tough matchups, but he’ll get on runs like the one he’s on right now: 11 IP, 12 Ks, 1.64 ERA, 0.91 WHIP in the last two weeks.