Week 10 Fantasy baseball waiver wire talk
George Springer is the talk of the baseball world, but he isn't the most-added Fantasy player. At least, not yet.
At the end of every Fantasy week, I'll take a look at some of the most interesting names on the most-added players list, with an eye on their future.
This is an overreaction
Over the last 14 days, Lonnie Chisenhall ranks seventh among all third baseman in Fantasy scoring, having racked up 44 points in just 42 at-bats. Given that number, rushing out to pick him up makes perfect sense, especially given how some big names at third base have disappointed this season.
Sporting a .362 batting average on the season, it might be a stretch to call Chisenhall a flash-in-the-pan right now. However, of his 99.5 Fantasy points through nearly nine Fantasy scoring period, 33 came during a massive Week 8 stretch. During that week, Chisenahll was 11 for 25 with four doubles and two home runs; he has just 11 extra-base hits in the other eight weeks of the season.
Chisenhall's average is going to fall off at some point, since a .427 BABIP is self-evidently unsustainable. As a short-term fill in, Chisenhall is fine, but anyone adding him right now is doing so in the afterglow of his ridiculous Week 8. He won't shine this bright for long.
Making up for lost time
The production Davis managed in a 153-plate-appearance showcase last season was considered too good to be true coming into the season, and that has mostly proven true. His numbers are down across the board in his first run as a full-time player, which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.
Still, Davis has become a very productive player even with those concerns. He will likely struggle to hit for average while striking out in one-quarter of his at-bats, but Davis brings enough power to offset that. And he has put that power on display in a big way recently.
Fantasy owners are buying into Davis on the strength of a 10-game run that has seen him rack up 16 hits, five of which have gone over the fence. Given that Davis is not, actually, 2000-vintage Barry Bonds, this kind of production cannot hope to sustain itself. Still, Davis brings real power potential to the table, and his hot streak is helping make up for a slow start.
Entering player Saturday, he holds a .257/.296/.497 batting line, with one home run every 22 plate appearances. That is something he should have no problem keeping up, and should keep him in the top-50 outfielders moving forward.
A fine addition
Prior to suffering a season-ending shoulder injury a year ago, Garcia was always a nice Fantasy option, but never one who blew you away. He was a peripheral piece, not someone you built a rotation around.
In three starts since returning from the disabled list, he has the look of a different pitcher, at least on the surface. He is matching pinpoint control with a higher-than-ever strikeout rate. Unfortunately, there isn't much reason to think he will keep that up, leaving him to profile as the mid-3.00's ERA pitcher he has long been.
Garcia's strikeout rate isn't matched by any kind of uptick in velocity since his return, and his swinging strike rate is mostly in line with career norms. He is the type of pitcher who should be owned in a majority of Fantasy leagues, so his ownership level might just be correcting itself after his delayed start. Still, any Fantasy owner expecting him to rack up strikeouts will be disappointed.
Oscar Taveras , OF, Cardinals ; 83 percent owned, +19 percent
The wait is over
The Taveras Watch began about a year ago, as increasingly prospect-obsessed Fantasy owners have been waiting for the top prospect to get the call since he stepped foot on a Tripe-A Field.
He didn't disappoint in his first game, homering in his debut against the Giants Saturday. Though it was nice to see him provide a punch immediately, that probably won't be Taveras' game right away. Where Taveras is going to really make his impact felt is with batting average, as he projects to be a .300 hitter from day one.
If Taveras is still available in your league, he won't be long. Though he projects to be more of a 15-to-20 home run guy right, he should have no trouble making an impact. Taveras is going to get a chance to play everyday, and his ability to make solid contact and put the ball in play consistently should play up immediately. For all the hype, Taveras is an extremley disciplined hitter, striking out in just 14.5 percent of his minor-league at-bats.
Given how much we've already talked about him over the last couple of years, you don't need me to say it, but go get Taveras now. You might not have a chance in a few more days.
Don't let the home park scare you
Given that he starts half his games in Coors Field, Fantasy owners are understandably hesitant to invest in De La Rosa. Though it isn't the home of cartoonish numbers like the early days of the franchise, Coors is still not exactly friendly to pitchers, and that perception is hard to shake.
At this point, however, the skepticism seems especially unwarranted. De La Rosa has posed an ERA in the mid-3.00's in three straight seasons, once you throw out his 10 2/3 innings of work in 2012. He has a 3.74 ERA in 296 1/3 innings in that span, and doesn't have an ERA over 4.00 at home in any of those seasons.
De La Rosa's ownership is at the same level as Garcia's which makes sense. They are similar pitchers, and should end up putting up very similar production throughout the course of the season. He makes sense as an option to fill our the rotation, or as an injury replacement.
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