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At this point in the season, it's hard to say what exactly counts as "underowned" in Fantasy. With so many players already checked out for the playoffs, can a red-hot Jackie Bradley really be expected to go much higher than 70 percent ownership? There might be a real ceiling to how much any one player can shoot up the ownership ranks at this point, just because of inactivity.
On the other hand, there has to be room for some palyers on the wire on those rosters that are active. Even if you're in the playoffs and happy with your team, how can you not find a spot for the following players:
Jayson Werth (58 percent owned): .293/.370/.524 last 20 games
Rick Porcello (48): 22 K, 3 BB, 1.61 ERA in 22 1/3 IP since return from DL
Didi Gregorius (32): .314/.354/.429 in 50 games since All-Star break
And there are many more who should probably be playing a bigger factor on Fantasy rosters down the stretch. The most under-owned player might just be Mark Trumbo, however; the veteran slugger had a miserable June, but has an OPS over .800 in every other month, including a .308/.358/.520 line with 11 homers since July 1. If the biggest knock on Trumbo has always been his average, he's been bucking that trend for the last two and a half months.
Maybe none of these players can keep their hot runs up, but you might want to try riding the hot hand all the way to a championship.
Steven Souza, Rays (42 percent owned)
Souza's upside as a Fantasy contributor is clear; he was on a 27-homer, 18-steal pace before a hand injury landed him on the DL. Of course, his flaws were equally clear, as the 26-year-old struck out in 35.1 percent of his trips to the plate and subsequently hit .214 as a result. He mashed lefties, but his plate discipline left much to be desired against same-handed pitchers, of whom he naturally saw much more of. All of that being said, there aren't many players on the wire with his kind of upside as an all-around player. If his strikeout rate improves just a little, a .250-hitting Souza could be a poor man's George Springer. With that ceiling, you're bound to have someone worse on your bench, so go with Souza and hope he closes out the season strong.
J.P. Arencibia, Rays (9 percent owned)
I can't get fully behind this one, even if I'll recommend adding him in at least some leagues. Arencibia has been absolutely on fire for the Rays since getting called up, hitting .375 with four homers and 11 RBI in 12 games. He has started eight of 14 games with the Rays, but seven of 10 since August 30 as he has gotten hot. Arencibia has always had rare power for a catcher, but he was Mike Zunino before Mike Zunino, whiffing at everything and posting averages in the Mendoza neighborhood, if not always below the line. Still, I'm in one league where I have both Stephen Vogt and Jonathan Lucroy dealing with injuries, so I might have to dip into the free agency pool for catcher help in upcoming weeks, and I might have to settle on Arencibia, who has put together big months before. At the very least, his power potential makes him intriguing.
Eduardo Escobar, Twins (32 percent owned)
With the emergence of Jung Ho Kang, Jedd Gyorko and Francisco Lindor, in addition to the return to form of names like Asdrubal Cabrera and Ian Desmond, finding help at shortstop hasn't been quite as big a priority here in the second half of the season. Still, difference-makers at the position are always valuable, and that's what Escobar has looked like lately. He ranks second at the position in Rotisserie scoring over the last 28 days, thanks to a .329 average, five homers and 14 RBI in that span. The 26-year-old has never been much of a power threat before, however, he did hit 12 homers last season and has nine so far in 2015, solid numbers for any shortstop. You'd want him to steal more bases or hit for a higher average, but at this point in the season, it's all about riding the hot hand. If you've been forced to ride a disappointing shortstop like Elvis Andrus, Alcides Escobar or Marcus Semien, why not take a shot on Escobar or someone like Gregorius staying hot?