This year, we initiated the first ever Fake Teams and Friends fantasy baseball league. It is TGFBI-styled, except the second catcher is a second UTIL spot. Each week I’ll use our adds as a launching point for a study of available deep league free agents. As our waivers run on Saturday, this should give you a bit of a head start heading into Sunday’s waiver wire runs.
The big change in the rankings is No Cigar (Natty Wallach) working his way into 5th place ahead of Joe Gentile’s All-Sleeper Team and my frustrating team. The top four spots are: Punk is Dead, Mike Kurland, Brian Entrekin, and Zack Waxman. There’s a clear top seven in this league, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself as I languish in seventh place...
Before we start, here are some guys you could consider adding before continuing onward:
2B/SS/OF Lourdes Gurriel (47% owned) - The power stroke is back, as Lourdes has four dongs since being called back up on May 24th. I’m adding him everywhere. Also, here’s this again, because it was so awesome:
Find friends who support you like Vlad Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. support Cavan Biggio pic.twitter.com/gj1lqUHQ5s— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) May 26, 2019
OF Mallex Smith (46% owned) - 14 steals so far (tied for third in MLB but waaaaay less plate appearances than the three leaders due to his demotion)
2B Keston Hiura (41% owned) - .300 BA and five homers after a dinger on Saturday. Travis Shaw is currently without a position when he returns.
3B/SS Tim Beckham (34% owned) - He’s the de facto starting shortstop for Seattle with J.P. Crawford shelved for multiple weeks. Only six shortstops have more homers than Beckham’s 11, and Beckham has fewer at-bats than everyone ahead of him.
OF Avisail Garcia (39% owned) - 10 homers, six steals so far. He’s missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, but over the last two weeks he’s slashed .381 with three homers and three steals. He’s always moved well for a big man, so if he keeps hitting you’ve got yourself a sneaky power/speed combo.
1B/3B Renato Nunez (37% owned) - He’s up to 15 homers so far after going yard in back-to-back games. If you’re tired of being jerked around by Kevin Cron, Nunez is your guy. Nunez is the No. 3 player in the fake game over the last two weeks. Ride the wave.
If you need more outfield help, I also like Jorge Soler for power, Jarrod Dyson for speed, and Kevin Kiermaier for a little bit of both. Now for this week’s adds in Fake Teams and Friends, for all you 15-team degenerates out there...
$6 Bryan Reynolds (Pit - OF) to Punk is Dead
$6 Devin Smeltzer (Min - P) to Ghoji
$3 Danny Duffy (KC - P) to No Cigar
$1 Zach Plesac (Cle - P) to Zack
$1 Jose De Leon (TB - P) to Ghoji
$1 Andrelton Simmons (LAA - SS) to No Cigar
$1 JaCoby Jones (Det - OF) to No Cigar
And these guys were added for nothing:
Kike Hernandez (LAD - 1B, 2B, SS, OF) to Punk is Dead
Addison Russell (ChC - SS) to The Last of Us (Felsen Raster)
Erick Fedde (Was - P) to Bases Loaded (Mike Kurland)
Hanser Alberto (Bal - 2B, 3B) to yours truly (Heath Capps)
Keon Broxton (Bal - OF) to The Last of Us
Casey Mize (Det - P) to The Last of Us
Ariel Jurado (Tex - P) to The Last of Us
Jose Urena (Mia - P) to The Last of Us
Mark Canha (Oak - 1B, OF) to Ghoji
Okay! Quite the (cheap) haul this week, with no player costing into double digit dollars. Remember, it’s a $100 budget. What I see are a lot of dart throws, including a chance on Andrelton to get healthy. I’m hoping Alberto can keep it up, as I have a gaping hole at the keystone with Travis Shaw and Wilmer Flores both hurt and under-performing.
Addison Russell was on my list, but there’s just a road block when it comes to rostering him. If you’re someone who can turn off real life long enough to do that, then by all means enjoy the production. Russell has been quality of late and there’s a spot open with Javier Baez banged up and Ben Zobrist no longer a factor. Also, Daniel Descalso has cooled off after a slow start. The opportunity is there for Russell to rebound on the field. Let’s just hope he figures life out off of it.
I’m a little short on the analysis today, as I’m on my way to a dance recital! But I wanted to get the names out there. Let me know your conclusions, and ask us if you have waiver questions!