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Fantasy Risers (Players Owned in less than 10% of Leagues) 

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY CONTRIBUTING WRITER, JAMES BOYER.

In Fantasy Baseball there’s only one true winner.  Just like the season itself, FB is demanding, protracted, and at times can be flat out punishing.  One hundred and sixty-two games in a season with plenty of storylines created and milestones surpassed, a World Champion will be crowned in October.

Baseball is not only a game of repetition and consistency, although consistency is relevant in Fantasy Baseball, it’s more of a game of hot and cold streaks. Your roster will consist of players that will provide numerous functions for your squad.  Players of different value and/or upside, bound together in attempt to fill each category.  Not every player has the same value, and sometimes value can be hard to gauge.

Even after 3 months of baseball, you may think sticking with your guns will take you to the promised land, but don’t let your guns be susceptible of losing ammunition in the second half of the baseball season.  The truth of the matter is that every player has a time when they are hot (seeing the ball well) and every player has time when they get cold (Can’t hit to save a life).  The solution is to find the players whom will catch fire for longer periods of time than your predecessors.  Or maybe just find the players that are hot over a short period of time.

Why sit with a struggling Brett Lawrie off the DL whom can’t seem to stay healthy anyway. Instead let’s jump ship to a Josh Donaldson or Pedro Alvarez.  Those who took that risk earlier on in the season are smiling now from one listening device to the other when they heard Donaldson and Alvarez scream, “All aboard”. When you start to see those crooked numbers increase take the plunge. You never know when waiver upside will turn into fantasy gold.  I’m greedy so I’d even take some silver for a flier to plug in for a couple of weeks.  Keep your eyes peeled and remember timing is everything.

PLAYERS TO NOT OVERLOOK/ QUICK SOLUTIONS

Rajai Davis, OF, Tor, ESPN OWNED 5%

With recent injury to Melky Cabrera, out with left knee tendonitis, Davis should be a nice filler for any lineup.  Especially those in need of SB’s.  There’s not too many guys in the league that can fill that category better than him, when he’s an everyday player. His ability on the basepaths will provide you with a good source of runs. In his past seven games he is batting .333 with 5 runs and an RBI.  Look to see his numbers increase as playing time increases.  The Blue Jays have started to put pieces together and that could only mean more production for this guy.

Teammate to watch: Maicer Itzuris 2B/3B/SS, Tor, ESPN OWNED 7%

Although he’s only batting .235 with 22 runs and 16 RBI on the season, Itzturis is 8 for 21 (.381) in his last 7 games. Including 7 runs, 5 RBI, 3 2B’s and one homer.  He provides plenty of depth for your squad. No clue how he is owned by only 7 percent of teams in most leagues.

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Min, ESPN OWNED 6%

Silent Killer. This guy can mash and with more time in the league people will start noticing.  The native Venezuelan is only 22 years of age but is already producing sound numbers.  In 150 at bats this season he is batting .287 with 6 HR with 23 RBI.  Not to mention his .352 OBP and modest .487 SLG %, Arcia is poised to become a household name in the near future.

QUICK TIP:

While at home Arcia is hitting .244, his road average jumps 100 points to .344 .  His power numbers should be better while he is on the road due to the fact he plays in a park with no fence.  Damn you Target Field !

Matt Dominguez, 3B, Hou, ESPN OWNED 9%

Dominguez has quietly put up solid numbers this year (11 HR 41 RBI). The last 10 games he is 9 for his last 33 with 2 HR’s and 11 RBI.  While his overall average is low, his .249 BABIP suggests his average could be trending upwards.  For his position he’s definitely worth a pickup, especially those in need of a corner infielder.  Right now he is ranked 12th at the hot corner in most leagues.

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY CONTRIBUTING WRITER, JAMES BOYER.

YOU CAN FIND HIM ON TWITTER @ KingJamesWho