The baseball season has just over three weeks to go, but many eyes have turned to the NFL for its opening weekend. Fantasy baseball remains a routine with many points at stake down the stretch. Here are some possible outings for next week’s game:
Alejandro Kirk, Toronto Blue Jays
Kirk remains in the free-agent pool in more than 25 percent of the leagues in the 12-team high-stakes market. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago, and his bat finally shone in his last four starts (6 of 16 with five runs, three home runs and five RBIs). However, he needs to be more consistent to win most at-bats in Toronto. Kirk got two more starts after his two big games, but didn’t have a hit in eight at-bats. Your next step is an enhanced opportunity.
PLUS: Transfer of exemption from last week
Brad Miller, Philadelphia Phillies
A platoon role against right-handed pitchers makes Miller a challenge to handle in shallow leagues. His playing time increased during the previous two weeks after the Phillies lost Rhys Hoskins during the season. He made just five starts in the past 11 days, but Miller gave up seven runs, four home runs and six RBIs in his 22 at-bats. Every time a player provides three runs, one home run, and three RBIs in a week, it’s a win for your fantasy team. Miller has a four percent ownership rate in 12-team leagues in the Fantasy Baseball National Championship.
Edmundo Sosa, Cardinals of San Luis
The best player in the free agent pool at second base for the past two weeks is Sosa. He was 16 of 40 in his last 12 games with nine runs, two home runs, 11 RBIs and one steal. His increase in playing time came through a silent bat from Paul DeJong and a previous injury from Dylan Carlson.
Evan Longoria, San Francisco Giants
Since returning from the disabled list, Longoria has only three hits in 12 at-bats with five runs and three RBIs, while making just three starts in six games. His season stats (.286 / 37/10/34) on 185 at-bats are projected across an entire season. The Giants have multiple outfield injuries, pointing to Longoria getting back to his full-time job.
JP Crawford, Seattle Mariners
Crawford has one hit or more in 13 of his last 16 games. In seven starts in September, he was 10 of 31 with eight runs, one home run and six RBIs. His power is reduced to empty speed, but the Mariners will hit him in first place helping a fantasy team in races.
DJ Peters, Texas Rangers
Coming into the action this weekend, Peters is on a four-game hitting streak (7 of 18 with four runs, two home runs and six RBIs). His minor league résumé shows a lot of power (96 home runs in 1,894 at-bats), but he strikes out too much (30.7 percent in the minors and 34.5 percent with Texas). Peters only works for a fantasy team looking for power while having some wiggle room in batting average.
I Adell, Los Angeles Angels
Adell is in the free-agent pool in 23 percent of the leagues in the 12-team high-stakes market. His bat came around the corner the week before, leading to a six-game hitting streak (9 of 20) with four runs, three home runs and eight RBIs. Adell also improved his focus with the Angels (23.1 percent strikeout rate – 29.2 at AAA in 2021).
Yoshi Tsutsugo, Pittsburgh Pirates
After signing with the Pirates, Tsutsugo finally found his hitting punch. He has a six-game streak (6 of 19 with four runs, two home runs and four RBIs), bringing his season average to just .201. With Pittsburgh, Tsutsugo has seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 56 at-bats with a .286 batting average.
Joe Ryan, Minnesota Twins
In his first two starts in the majors, Ryan allowed three runs in 12 innings with nine strikeouts, highlighted by his last outing (seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts). In 2021 at AAA in 14 games, he posted a 3.41 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 92 strikeouts in 66 innings. His fastball is in the low 90s with excellent command.
Mike Baumann, Baltimore Orioles
In 18 starts between A, AA and AAA, Baumann was 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 70.2 innings. Even with success, its high walking rate (4.3) invites disaster risk as it moves towards the majors. His arm progressed in AAA for six games (2.00 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 27 innings). In his first start for Baltimore, he pitched 3.2 scoreless innings with a strikeout. His next two starts are in Toronto and Boston, making him just a midfielder for an owner chasing strikeouts and wins.
AJ Alexy, Texas Rangers
Texas called Alexy in late August, and he proceeded to pitch 11 scoreless innings with two wins and 11 strikeouts. His season began successfully in AA and AAA for 16 games (1.66 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 65 innings). With a small pool of pitchers on the exemption cable, Alexy should be added in all formats, while he has already disappeared from the 15-team league on NFBC.
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Senior analyst Shawn Childs is a high-stakes, multi-sport fantasy legend with six-figure lifetime earnings. He has been providing in-depth analytical breakdowns for years while helping his subscribers to rake in countless titles and earnings throughout the season and DFS. Shawn, an inaugural member of the NFBC Hall of Fame, can teach you how to gear up like a champion.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.