Baseball has made it to the break. It’s time for the three-day breather that is the Midseason Spectacular of the All-Star game, Home Run Derby, and fantasy baseball roster overhaul time.
As you evaluate what you need to add/subtract, check out my Fantasy Baseball AL All-Star selections running on the fansided.com mothership. Also make sure to drop a bookmark here at FantasyCPR for tons of upcoming fantasy football coverage and still plenty of MLB during the second half of what shapes up to be a crazy finish. Each day you can catch sleepers to know and spot starters to add right here on CPR plus off the radar for more in-depth coverage and the weekly top 10 waiver wire pickups.
Here’s today’s sleeper central to keep you company during the down time in the derby.
Yasmani Grandal – C – SD: Grandal went 2-4 with a runs scored in the final game of the first half for the Pads bringing his average to .286 (10-35) after his first 10 games in the Majors. Half of those hits have gone for extra-bases as Grandal has a double, four home runs and six RBI while scoring seven runs and striking out eight times. If he played a different position, it would be easy to dismiss Grandal, but in a power-offense thin catching pool he’s worth knowing about. If you need a pickup at catcher he’s still available in over 90% of leagues and San Diego seems committed to plugging him into the fifth spot in their order for the rest of the season. Don’t drop a great catcher for him, but he’s a solid pickup if you need offense from the often-dry position behind home plate.
Sleeper Starting Lineup
C- Yasmani Grandal -SD: (owned in 8.5% of ESPN leagues) 2-4, R, K. See above.
1B- Casey Kotchman – Cle: (0.4%) 3-5, R, 3 RBI, HR. April batting average-.149 July batting average-.368. Two home runs in his last five games, eight on the year.
2B- Pedro Ciriaco – Bos: (0.6%) 3-4, 2R, BB, SB. Last two games: 7-12 , 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 SB. Should get a chance to play while Pedroia is sidelined. Was hitting great at AAA and makes a nice short-term fill-in.
3B- Jordan Pacheco – Col: (1.5%) 2-3, R, 2B. Avg-.302 on the year.
SS- Zack Cozart – Cin: (23.5%) 2-5, R, 2B. Avg-.252 with 9 HR, 17 RBI, 46 R batting leadoff everyday for the Reds.
OF- Michael Brantley – Cle: (44.3%) 3-4, 2B, BB. Hit in 10 straight to raise Avg-.288. 42 RBI, 24 2B, 38 R, 10 SB on the year.
OF- Reed Johnson – ChC: (0.1%) 2-4, 2 R. Hitting leadoff for second time in three games. Avg-.302, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 21 R in just 149 at-bats. Worth a look if playing regularly atop the lineup.
OF- Andruw Jones – NYY: (0.4%) 2-5, R, 3 RBI, HR. Four home runs in last three games, 11 total on the year.
DH- Delmon Young – Det: (23.2%) 2-4, 2 R, RBI, HR. Four games in a row with a home run bringing his total to 10 on the year. Primed for a big second half?
AL Starting Pitcher- Cole De Vries – Min: (0.3%) 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K against Texas. Ine three of five starts has allowed one or zero earned runs.
NL Starting Pitcher- Trevor Bauer – Ari: (37.6%) 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Finally delivered on promise and will look to build on it in the second half.
Relief Pitcher- Sean Doolittle – Oak: (0.1%) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Has allowed runs in just 2 of 11 appearances. 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 24 K in 14.2 IP.
Tags: Andruw Jones Casey Kotchman Cole De Vries Delmon Young Fantasy Baseball Additions Jordan Pacheco Michael Brantley Pedro Ciriaco Reed Johnson Sean Doolittle Sleeper Central Trevor Bauer Waiver Wire Yasmani Grandal Zack Cozart