Fantasy Baseball: Byron Buxton ‘s Back

Byron Buxton

I am really scraping the barrel this week to find headline hitters who can top my waiver wire article, so Byron Buxton gets it almost by default for his call-up. It is a weird one this week because there are a ton of pitchers I am excited about, but the hitting options available just do not excite me. There is plenty of speed potential available for the hitters on this article, and Napoli can offer you power, but it will come at a cost.

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I have tried to identify for each player here some guys who are owned in a greater percentage of leagues at their position that I would replace these guys with. If you have any specific questions be sure to get in touch with me, @benrolfe15, or for our whole team send your question to @60ftpodcast

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Mike Napoli, 1B, CLE

Napoli has now hit six home runs in the last two weeks, taking his season total to 12. My concern with him is that it is empty power and when he goes cold the average is going to kill you without any of the benefits of the bombs. This is an add in 12-plus team leagues and only if you have really given up on your current corner infield option.

People I would Drop for him: Ryan Zimmermannn, Matt Duffy

Whit Merrifield, 2B, KC

Really Merrifield is just an option for middle infield leagues because I don’t think he is going to contribute enough to be a top 15 second baseman. He has had three steals in the last seven days and is getting to play regularly so I think this is a guy who should be filling middle infield spots in those 14-plus team roto leagues.

People I would Drop for him: Jordy Mercer, Brad Miller

Byron Buxton, OF, MIN

This is an extreme small sample size recommendation but since his call-up Buxton has been much improved. He is hitting 7/19 on his return the majors and added a steal last night. Buxton has a ton of potential and one of these times it is inevitable he is going to succeed, I feel. The strikeouts are still a concern so this isn’t someone I would be investing a huge amount in right now.

People I would Drop for him: Jorge Soler, Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Corey Dickerson

Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC

It’s my second turn on the Dyson coaster after giving up on him when the batting average was plummeting early in the season. The reason he will always be of fantasy interest is his superb speed. He is always a threat on the base paths and is now up to 12 steals on the season. Again, I am not investing anything crazy in him and this is strictly a deep league add.

People I would Drop for him: Kevin Kiermaier, Delino DeShields, Jayson Werth, Brandon Guyer Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte,

Julio Urias, SP, LAD

Okay, so it hasn’t been a good start so far but he has had two tough road match-ups. Urias has a ton of talent and it seems as though the Dodgers are going to give him a chance. I think the start against Colorado on Tuesday could be a good one and could be the start of a good run. He’s worth the add just for the experiment.

People I would Drop for him: Jeremy Hellickson, Tyler Chatwood, Mat Latos, Mike Fiers, Mike Leake

Archie Bradley, SP, ARI

Bradley epitomises the post-hype sleeper model having sink a long way from his top 10 prospect status. His first game back in the majors following two spot starts earlier in the year saw him strike out nine against the Padres. He then went and topped that with a 10-strikeout, one earned run performance against the Cubs. His next start against Tampa Bay is one that I fancy he can put up another bunch of strikeouts and then we might be looking at guy whose ownership starts exploding.

People I would Drop for him: Luis Severino, Trevor Bauer, Dan Straily, Jonathon Niese, Adam Conley, Matt Moore, Junior Guerra, Patrick Corbin

Matt Shoemaker, SP, LAA

Shoemaker has turned around a tough season giving up just seven runs in his last 27.2 innings pitched. However, the most intriguing thing is the 36 strikeouts he has had in that period suggesting he has started to do something different after struggling for strikeouts in the first half of the season.

People I would Drop for him: Jeremy Hellickson, Tyler Chatwood, Mat Latos, Mike Fiers, Mike Leake

Sean Manaea, SP, OAK

Following an awful start to the season Manaea has started to show glimpses of the pitcher his prospect status offered. However, he did have one of these encouraging starts a few weeks back only to get rocked next time out. Oakland are committed to giving him every chance and with a season high eight strikeouts in the last game maybe he is figuring the majors out.

People I would Drop for him: Clay Buchholz, Phil Hughes, Luis Severino, Trevor Bauer, Dan Straily, Jonathon Niese, Adam Conley, Matt Moore, Junior Guerra, Patrick Corbin

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