Waiver Wire: Brandon Moss Mashing

Brandon Moss

The article this week is full of hitters who can get hot and cause some unbelievable damage. And Brandon Moss is the hottest hitter of the lot right now. The article is dominated by the first base position this week, which has been surprisingly poor, as a power outlet due to a desperate search in many fantasy leagues.

I have decided to cut out most of the pitching options because many of the guys being named are streamers or two-start guys who end up being dropped a week or two later. Instead, I will only highlight the one or two guys I really like. However, be sure to check out the two start and streaming articles as well as the daily dose where pitching always features heavily.

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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Chris Carter, 1B, MIL

A massive home/road guy who has hit 13 home runs at home vs four on the road, Carter has regressed back to his usual performance of great power and low average after starting really nicely on all fronts. He has three home runs in the last week and I just have a feeling he is about to get hot and then his owners will be handsomely rewarded.

Players I would drop for him: Mike Napoli, Carlos Santana

Tommy Joseph, 1B, PHI

Seven home runs in 21 games has earnt Tommy Joseph the starting job in Philly. Until this year he has never been a power threat with his thirteen this year, so far doubling anything he has done since he was in low A and high A ball with the Giants. This power surge makes me suspicious that he can keep this up, but considering how bad some of the first base options have been I am willing to throw my lot in with a guy who appears to have an everyday job and is showing some not seen before power.

Players I would drop for him: John Jaso, Mark Teixeria, Logan Morrison, Brandon Moss, Matt Adams

Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, STL

Moss has four home runs in the last week and has played five out of seven. Both he and Adams are hot right now but the Cardinals seem to keep finding ways of getting them both in the line-up. Moss is hot right now and I think you need to pick him up and milk this power streak.

Players I would drop for him: Logan Morrison, Matt Adams, Ryan Zimmermann, Melvin Upton, Kevin Pillar, Denard Span, Corey Dickerson

Dae-Ho Lee, 1B, SEA

My biggest concern with Lee is playing time but lately he is seeing more and more of it. Lee has 10 home runs on the season and is hitting over 0.300, which is better than what his platoon partner is doing. I cannot see Lind being completely dropped by the Mariners but Lee has jammed his foot in the door and has 30-home run potential on the season if he can nab a fraction more playing time.

Players I would drop for him: John Jaso, Mark Teixeria, Logan Morrison, Pedro Alvarez, Mitch Moreland, Mark Reynolds, Tyler White, Matt Adams

Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL

Peralta was activated from the DL Tuesday and instantly went onto my teams in many leagues. Shortstop has been good this year but Peralta is still a very safe option who can come in and hit 10-ish home runs whilst hitting in the 0.270 region. If you need some middle infield options then Peralta is a good pick-up right now.

Players I would drop for him: Addison Russell, Starlin Castro, Brandon Crawford

Rajai Davis, OF, CLE

If you need steals this is your man. He already has 15 on the season and should finish in the 35-40 range. He isn’t hitting great so if your average is in a shaky situation you may want to consider trading for a safer steals option.

Players I would drop for him: Yasmany Tomas, Corey Dickerson, Kevin Pillar

Jon Gray, SP, COL

Gray managed to defy expectations by pitching well at home with just one earned run given up and striking out seven Padres in seven innings. Gray is the only pitcher in my article this week because I am fully of the opinion that he needs to be owned and used always on the road which he is this week against Miami.

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