Happy Father’s Day to all who celebrate today! For me, it looks to be an average Sunday: baseball writing, yardwork, writing checks. Hoping for a quiet hour later to enjoy a Macanudo Inspirado on my front porch.
But what you really want for Father’s Day is some streaming recommendations, right? So let’s get to it and see who is residing on the waiver wire right now who can help your team in a pinch this week.
Deep 15 Teams (15% rostered or less):
Lane Thomas OF (15%, 3.8 grade)
I have a love-hate relationship with Lane Thomas, it appears. I drafted him late in many leagues, hoping for a late-round burst of speed and power to augment my outfield. Instead, Thomas got off to a bad start and I went in other directions to try and replace his combination of speed and power. Alas, injuries to some of my core players led me back to Thomas. He’s hitting only .231 but also has seven home runs for a crummy Nationals squad. A deeper dive shows us some goodness: four home runs, 10 RBI, 15 runs, and a .302 batting average in 70 June plate appearances. Can you use that? Yes you can. It’s a bit disappointing that he is not running, but Thomas can be a fine streamer until your regular outfielders are back healthy. Josh predicts a .5/2.3/2.1/.4/.233 line this week for Thomas.
Bobby Dalbec 1B/3B (13%, 4.3 grade)
Dalbec has appeared in this column before and in reality, is a pure power play here. You won’t get anything in the speed department from him. He’s showing signs of life with a .250 batting average and two home runs in 49 June at-bats. What intrigues me here is the everyday at-bats he is getting. Dalbec is a streaky power hitter and what you are hoping for here is a three or four-homer week. If you need help at the corner infield spots, you could do far worse than Dalbec. Josh predicts a .9/2.2/2.4/.1/.254 line this week. That .9 home run was the highest number I found for a player rostered in less than 15% of leagues.
Standard 12 Teams (30% rostered or less):
Jon Berti 2B/3B (22%, 6.2 grade)
As we wrote about Dalbec above, there is one reason you are rostering Berti: speed. The guy is running like his hair is on fire. He has an unbelievable 14 stolen bases…in June, in 67 plate appearances! HUH? He has second and third base eligibility and is extremely useful during this hot stretch, also hitting .311 and scoring 10 runs in June as well. In one of my home leagues I dropped Josh Donaldson for Berti, and it’s paid off well this week and I hope that continues into the future…but guessing I might pay at some point for dropping Donaldson. Josh predicts a .3/3.4/2/1.5/.238 line for Berti this coming week.
Ramon Laureano (21%, 5.1 grade)
I’ll admit it really surprises me that Laureano is not rostered far more in fantasy leagues. Is it that people forgot about him due to his long PED suspension? Could be, and it could also be that he is a forgotten man on a moribund Oakland team. But savvy players should recall that Laureano was well on his way to a 20/20 season last year before injuries and the suspension hit; he had 14 homers and 12 steals when his season ended. He’s not going to hit for a high average, but if you’re anything like me, you may not be looking at average so much anymore given today’s MLB average hovering in the .230s. Laureano is hitting .263 this month and may start compiling some counting stats for you. Jump on him now. Josh predicts .6/2.9/2.6/.6/.245 this week for Laureano.
Shallow 10 Teams (50% rostered or less):
Trent Grisham OF (43%, 5.6 grade)
Grisham got off to an awful start with a .153 April and .173 May. Here is what I can tell you for June: a .238 batting average, with two home runs, seven RBI, and 14 runs scored. That is a marked improvement, plus I love the fact that he is getting daily at-bats versus both right- and left-handed pitching. His lineup spot is not ideal, usually seventh or eighth, but he’s in a pretty good lineup and the counting stats may be coming. A small bid tonight could pay off in the coming weeks if get him. Josh predicts .7/2.6/2.8/.7/.230 this week.
Luis Urias 2B, SS, 3B (48%, 5.5 grade)
Urias was a player many were drafting after the top shortstops were gone in March. Unfortunately, a leg injury lingered into the season, and many fantasy players had to cut him to make room for healthy players on their bench. He’s not hitting well yet, but I am willing to give him an opportunity due to his positional usefulness on my team. Better days should be coming for Urias. Josh predicts a .9/3.5/3.2/.2/.245 week for Urias, which would make us see he is heading in a better direction.
“Easy Matchups” This Week
Boston vs. Detroit, @ Cleveland
Kansas City @ Los Angeles Angels, vs. Oakland
Minnesota vs. Cleveland, vs. Colorado
San Diego vs. Arizona, vs. Philadelphia
Seattle @ Oakland, @ Los Angeles Angels
Washington @ Baltimore, @ Texas
Teams with seven game weeks: Atlanta, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Miami, Milwaukee, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis
Teams with six games this week: Arizona, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota, New York Mets, Oakland, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Toronto
Teams with five games this week: Texas, Washington