Trades and off season moves can make a big impact on the performance of fantasy baseball players. Here are 3 players on the move that have improved their stock after being traded.
Shaw couldn’t have landed in a better spot for his skill set. After winning the job from Pablo Sandoval during spring training last year for the Red Sox, he was traded for reliever Tyler Thornburg. He has showcased his skill set this spring by hitting .476 with 2 home runs, 5 RBI and posting a 1.123 OPS. Last year he underwhelmed only hitting .245 with 16 home runs, 63 runs and 71 RBI. However, he is now hitting in a park that favors lefty power and he no longer has to worry about looking over his shoulder for playing time. Don’t be surprised to see a breakout from the 27-year-old.
After a trade from the Rays, Logan will now be the leadoff hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are projected to be one of the marquee offenses in the National League and he will be hitting in front of Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez. He is a great table setter and has a very high floor with some pop (20 homeruns last year). Ranked 174 on Yahoo, he can end up being a steal in your upcoming fantasy draft.
The hype around Mitch this year is real. Thanks to a superb spring (.406/.472/.719) he went from being owned in 1% of leagues to now being owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues. He has a solid pedigree, dominated the minor leagues and has a very professional approach at the plate. He also made adjustments to his swing to add power. Studying and watching tape of Josh Donaldson and then teammate A.J. Pollock. He also has some underrated speed and according to reports from the team he has the green light on the base paths. He has the potential to contribute in all 5 categories on a nightly basis. At the price he is going now in drafts, you should capitalize now before the young man becomes a must own fantasy stud and the price goes sky high.
1. Aledmys Diaz will be a top 30 fantasy player
Aledmys ended up running away with the starting job last year in an impressive manner. Taking advantage of a thumb injury Johnny Peralta suffered last year, he ran away with the starting shortstop position. Last year he hit .300 with 17 home runs, 71 runs, 65 RBI’s with an OPS of .879 over 404 AB’s. His underlying metrics show this is no fluke. Striking out only 13% of the time, posting a hard hit rate of 31%, and an impressive ISO of .212.
2. Charlie Morton will be a top 20 fantasy starting pitcher
Morton has all the tools to be successful this coming season. This spring his fastball has looked electric topping out at 97mph. He has posted a 27% strikeout rate and a 12% swinging strike rate. The spin rate on his curve ball is ranked top 5 in all of baseball among those that have thrown at least 50 curve balls in the whole league. Morton has always been good at preventing the long ball thanks to his patented sinker. Morton’s sinker will also continue forcing ground balls, helping him get out of jams and get double plays behind the elite defensive skills of Bregman, Correa, and Altuve.
3. Kendrys Morales will be a top 15 Fantasy player
Kendrys just came off of hitting 30 home runs playing half of his games in one of the most pitcher friendly parks in the major leagues (Kauffman stadium). With him heading to a stacked lineup and the hitter friendly confines of Rogers Centre, his stock is trending way up. His strikeout rate jumped from 16% to 19% last year. I believe that is because he traded contact in exchange for power. Last year he posted a 19% home run per fly ball rate & 41% hard contact rate. This spring in 43 AB’s he has hit .372 with 2 home runs and a .994 OPS. Obviously this is just spring training but it proves he is seeing the ball really well. If he can get off to a hot start he can wreak havoc on the AL East and the rest of the league while becoming a fantasy baseball star in the process.
Those of us that play Yahoo fantasy basketball all know that it is Yahoo Championship Week! We need any edge we can get against our opponents. Here are 3 guys that might be sitting on your waiver wire that can be the reason why you end up in 1st place!
If you need a guard that can get steals, blocks and score double digit points look no further than Kris Dunn. He has long been on the sleeper radar since the beginning of the NBA season and he is finally trending up. They are giving him playing time now that the Timberwolves have no chance of making a playoff run. His minutes have ranged from 24 – 35 minutes over his last four games. Averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks over his last 3 games. Those defensive stats are not exaggerations. He can really play solid defense. If you have any droppable players or need a guy to stream for defensive stats go get Dunn.
As long as Kyle Lowry is out Cory Joseph is a solid add in deep fantasy leagues. The reason why I suggest you pick him up is simple. He has 3 games left on the schedule this week, just handed out 13 assists against Orlando and will be getting a ton of run on the floor. He has handed out 5 or more assists in 5 of the last 7 games. If you need a guard to get you assists (which is a stat that is usually scarce in most leagues) don’t hesitate picking up Cory Joseph.
As long as Dion Waiters is out of commission Josh Richardson is a solid short term solution. He has been shooting poorly as of late however, he is getting heavy minutes. The Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra believes he is starting to turn a corner. He will contribute in counting stats and help with rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. Last game he scored 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block over 33 minutes. That appears to be his floor but he has upside for more. Even if he might hurt you in the FG% department, he could be worth the investment depending on what your team needs for this week.