Each and every week FFLockerRoom will be here to give you the players that are underachieving or getting unlucky and therefore are buy low candidates as well as those overachieving that you should market for trade! These players will have an impact on most 2014 Fantasy Baseball rosters and transactions can make or break your season. Utilizing this list along with the FFLockerRoom 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings will help you in making those all-important lineup or trade decisions for the coming week(s)
Wilin Rosario, C, COL – Coming into the season I expected Rosario to take a big step forward in his production. So far, the egg is on me as even Yadier Molina‘s injury can’t put Rosario in the Top-12 for fantasy catchers. While he’s only batting .252 with 9 homers, he did hit .292 with 21 homers just last season. In his last 9 games Rosario is batting .353 raising his season average by 14 points. He’s only 25 years old and therefore still in the developmental stage of his career. He hit 49 homers the last two seasons so the power potential is there. Hopefully this hot streak is a sign that he’s figured something out. He’s worth the risk based on the numbers he’s put up the last two seasons.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC – Castro is another player just outside the Top-12 of his position and therefore likely just a MI in most leagues. He’s riding a short streak right now with 9 hits in his last 17 at bats. Call it a hunch but I think Castro will have a very solid remainder of the season. He’s only 24 years old and part of the youth movement in Chicago. Javier Baez has been promoted (and hit the game winning homer in his first game last night) and I think more are on the way with the likes of Kris Bryant, Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge Soler. That infusion of youth just might invigorate this team. Most players will tell you the game is easier when they are having fun. Wins and losses mean nothing at this point so a bunch of early 20-somethings coming together could make for some interesting baseball down the stretch.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, BOS – This might seem easy to understand but it’s not as simple as you think. Boston and Oakland are actually playing very comparably in terms of runs and homers this year so the move from the supposedly pitcher friendly stadium to the hitter friendly one isn’t as clear cut. What is clear is that the Red Sox have dialed it in for this year. There’s no pressure on Cespedes to lead his team to a pennant. He’s a free spirited, fun-loving kind of guy and I think that attitude will play very well in Boston. His power is still there but his batting average is depressed this season compared to 2012. His BABIP is only .282 and I’m hoping the law of averages turns in his favor. He may not hit as many homers as you think as his line drive tendencies may cause him to mash balls that otherwise would have been homers, directly into the Green Monster, but I think he’ll be very productive the rest of the way.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK – Reddick is as streaky as they come and he’s hitting over .370 since returning from the disabled list. Cespedes is gone so they are going to count on Reddick to fill the void. Reddick is hitting over .300 against right handers this season so in a daily lineup league, you can play the match ups and run from there. During his time with the A’s Reddick has a 47% fly ball rate and .192 isolated power so you know the homers are coming. Again, he’s streaky so they could come in some serious bunches. In a league where power is down, a true masher has some great value, especially in a category that is likely bunched up in the standings.
Anibal Sanchez, RHP, DET – The Tigers now feature a rotation of the last 3 AL Cy Young winners. The forgotten man is Sanchez. In July he posted a miserable 6.03 ERA in 6 starts with a strikeout rate that was greatly depressed from his career norms. Lost in all that what the fact his FIP in July was 3.39 so clearly he was pitching better than the numbers suggested. He opened August whiffing 12 Rockies without a walk in seven innings so perhaps the real Sanchez is back. Most, myself included, expected him to be somewhere near the Top-20 for starting pitchers this season. He hasn’t quite lived up that. The numbers suggest he’s still that good and could easily be a Top-2o option the rest of the way. Get him now before he puts up more starts like his last one.
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