5 Things to Know for Week 25 (Fantasy Baseball)
If you are still competiting for the championship in your league, congratulations! With that said, it’s time to put your foot on the pedal and make a move or two that could potentially put you over the edge. I have a few in mind for this week.
#1 Adam Wainwright is pitching with blood and guts
As I mentioned last week, wins are difficult to come by off the waiver wire at this point in the season, but Waino is as good of a bet as you’ll ever find. He most certainly won’t rack up the strikeouts but he is commonly tossing 6 or 7 innings and has allowed just 1 run in his past three starts. His ERA is now down to 4.00 and he has 12 wins on the season, but is available in virtually every league right now.
#2 Believe it or not, Todd Frazier is playing great right now
Frazier has by no means had a strong season but with the playoffs on the line, he sure has kicked it into gear lately with a .366/.447/.829/1.276 line over the past two weeks for the Mets. Most importantly, though, New York travels to Coors Field then the Great American Launching Pad in Cincy where they should continue to pile up the runs.
#3 John Means is by far the top two-start pitcher this week
It is ugly out there if you are looking for legitimately safe starting pitchers off the waiver wire who will throw more than 4 innings in a start at this time of the year. Means has now tossed 28 innings in his last four starts with 2 or fewer earned runs in each. This week, he has a cupcake match versus the Tigers before he throws at home to a subpar Mariners offense.
#4 Sean Murphy needs to be owned in every league
Remember when I told you last week that this batch of September call-ups wasn’t going to be much help? Well, it turns out I was wrong. Since then, the A’s have committed to using Murphy as their primary catcher, and for good reason. The kid can already mash and while it has just been 22 at-bats, his .409 average with 4 homers and 10 runs to go with a great minor league pedigree work together to demand someone scoops him up.
#5 If you are in a dynasty league, you’ll want to scoop up…
0% owned Ryan Helsley. Some of you are reading this and thinking it is ridiculous but those of you in dynasty leagues know the pickings are slim. Sure, Adam Wainwright is pitching great now, but his language in recent interviews makes it seem like he’ll be retiring in the next few months. St. Louis could use Alex Reyes in place of him if he ever gets healthy or sign hometown kid, Jake Odorizzi, but they are strapped for cash. Most likely, the rotation spot will go to Helsley who commonly touches triple-digits, has gone 3+ innings in relief multiple times and sports a 1.76 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP in 31 innings so far.