Fantasy Baseball Streaming Hitters: Week 9
Monday is Memorial Day. That means summer is approaching, and the baseball season is nearly 33 percent in the books. Slumps are quickly starting to become trends. That does not mean it’s time to panic, but it provides a fantastic opportunity to reassess the needs of your fantasy squad. Identifying a deficiency and acting upon it could vault your team up the standings.
Consider adding on the margins as well. Stolen bases have been a troublesome category for many managers this season. In my 15-team roto league, the difference between first and ninth place is 12 steals. So trading Robinson Cano (at least before he went on the IL) for Amed Rosario in that league could theoretically vault me nine places in the standings. Sometimes you can win a trade without getting the best player.
Without further ado, let’s look at the top streaming hitters for this holiday week in fantasy baseball.
A Look at the Schedule
The Week 9 schedule is gigantic. The Pirates have an eight-game week because of a makeup game causing a doubleheader against the Reds on Monday. Fifteen teams (Diamondbacks, Red Sox, White Sox, Reds, Indians, Rockies, Royals, Angels, Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Yankees, Mariners, Rays, Rangers) have seven games this week. Conversely, one organization (Braves) plays just five times. The remaining 13 teams have six games.
Gaining the games played advantage in difficult again this week. Starting any Braves other than Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. is tough in a standard league. Here is a look at the top potential adds to help your roster who are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Gregory Polanco (OF – PIT): 47% owned
The Pirates have eight games this week, playing four in Cincinnati before hosting the Brewers for another four. They are currently scheduled to face eight right-handed starters, and Polanco is a career .264 hitter with a .333 on-base percentage against those foes. He is currently hot, too, batting .278/.343/.522 with five home runs in 23 games. Add him with confidence for Week 9.
Brendan Rodgers (SS – COL): 33% owned
The Rockies called up Rodgers recently, and the rookie now has a full week of Coors Field on the horizon. Last season in Triple-A, he hit .268 with 17 home runs and 12 steals. Even if he’s not guaranteed regular playing time, it is a fantastic week to add Rodgers and reap the rewards.
Adam Frazier (2B/OF – PIT): 7% owned
Frazier is also a lefty bat for the Pirates who is a career .273 batter with a .342 OBP against right-handed pitchers. That includes 19 home runs and 14 steals in 935 plate appearances. He’s a viable middle infield option in the massive eight-game week.
Alex Verdugo (OF – LAD): 32% owned
The Dodgers have seven home games in Week 9, and they are scheduled to face six right-handed starters. That makes this a fantastic week to add Verdugo, who is hitting .311/.361/.508 on the season. It should be a strong week for the 23-year-old outfielder.
Christian Walker (1B – ARI): 36% owned
Walker jumped out to a fast start but has struggled this month. In May, he is hitting just .197 with one home run. For the full season, however, he is still batting .262 with eight homers. The Diamondbacks play four games in Colorado to begin the week, and that could be enough to jump-start his bat. Walker has reverse platoon splits early in his career, so facing six right-handed starters is also a positive.
Mitch Moreland (1B – BOS): 37% owned
Moreland already has 13 home runs on the season. The Red Sox host the Indians before heading to Yankee Stadium for four games to close the week. They face six righties, against whom Moreland bats .254/.324/.464 for his career with 140 of his 160 homers. It should be another strong week for the first baseman.
Jarrod Dyson (OF – ARI): 25% owned
Dyson already has 12 steals on the year, and Arizona faces the Rockies for four games at Coors Field before hosting the Mets to wrap up the week. The Mets have allowed the most stolen bases in the MLB with 38. Steals are difficult to come by, so consider adding Dyson for Week 9.
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