Deep 15 Teams (15% rostered or less)
Buddy Kennedy 3B Arizona Diamondbacks (0%, 4.2 grade)
Besides being one of my favorite minor league players ever (saw him often in A ball when the Kane County Cougars were affiliated in my backyard), Buddy Kennedy is a flat-out hitter. Called up last week as an injury replacement for Ketel Marte, who is the designated hitter only as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Kennedy has shifted to play second base in the interim and has a homer, four RBI, and a triple in a week. He missed time with a sore wrist but played last night. Kennedy profiles as a guy with double-digit home run potential with an average in the .270-.280 range. Soon he may be able to plug in as either a corner or middle infield spot, given that he plays enough second base. A good injury replacement and maybe a guy you can keep even longer. I am rooting hard for Kennedy, a good guy and now a major leaguer!
Edward Olivares OF Kansas City Royals (10%, 3.7 grade)
Olivares is going to cost a mint in FAAB tonight after slugging two home runs in one game this week. In limited time, he’s hitting .349 with those two homers, five RBI, and two stolen bases. Given that Bryce Harper looks to miss significant time with a fractured thumb, Olivares may be a nice consolation prize. What’s more, he looks to get even more at-bats now with Salvador Perez out with thumb surgery; this should free up outfield and maybe DH at-bats for him, given that MJ Melendez will now get the bulk of catcher at-bats. Pay up. The speed and power combo look real here. Josh predicts a .3/2.2/2.2/.4/.273 week.
Standard 12 Teams (30% rostered or less)
Alex Kirilloff OF/1B Minnesota Twins (27%, 5.4 grade)
Is it just me or do I spell his name wrong every time? I know Kirilloff has not done much this season in MLB, owing to a slow start with that balky wrist. But he heated up in AAA, and had three RBI last night. His average right now is .196 and he has eight RBI, and an OBP of .220. Keep in mind that he has a high pedigree and will get every chance to prove he belongs, which he does. Add in that he has 1B and OF eligibility, and a modest bid could net you some counting stats this week. He’s also good against RHP, which he faces in abundance this week. Josh predicts 1/3.9/3.7/.2/.277, which will help you if that comes true.
Yonathan Daza OF Colorado Rockies (30%, 4.5 grade)
It’s somewhat surprising to me to see his name on the waiver wire in so many leagues each week, given how many teams in many leagues need batting average help. Look, I know he has no power, and he does not help with stolen bases. But he is hitting .319, murders lefties at a .403 clip, and he has daily playing time. I know we all want the sexy double-digit home run and stolen base players, but guys like Daza can help you not get killed in batting average stats, and he will cost very little. Josh predicts a .321 batting average this week, which is top five in his projection chart for all hitters.
Shallow 10 Teams (50% rostered or less)
Andres Gimenez 2B/SS Cleveland Guardians (49%, 5.4 grade)
I think it’s a sin that Gimenez is rostered in less than 50% of leagues. What’s not to like here? He’s hitting .313 with eight home runs, six stolen bases, and 34 RBI. Players don’t need this on their teams? Might I add he’s hitting .343 with three of those home runs in June? Do the right thing and add him to your roster. Dual-position eligibility, playing daily, and hitting each time he plays. Grab him tonight.
Kansas City versus Texas, at Detroit
Minnesota at Cleveland, versus Baltimore
New York Yankees versus Oakland, at Cleveland
Seattle versus Baltimore, versus Oakland
Teams with eight game weeks: Cleveland, Minnesota, Toronto
Teams with seven game weeks: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tampa Bay
Team with six game weeks: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati, Colorado, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles Angels, Miami, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, San Diego, St. Louis, Texas, Washington
Teams with five game weeks: Arizona, Detroit, New York Mets, San Francisco