As the MLB season rolls into its second month, there are still some great offensive values starting to emerge from the waiver wire. If you find yourself with a need at a particular position or in a specific category, there’s help out there if you’re looking to tweak your roster.
Click here to see some of our past positional pickups. Hopefully, the moves you’ve made have paid off. Here’s a full lineup of position players available in over half of ESPN leagues that can give you a boost. Depending on your current roster and team needs, these are some players who are heating up and could be a good fit. They also usually represent good value for daily leagues.
Sleeper Starting Lineup
C- Ryan Doumit-Minnesota Twins: (5.3%) Doumit was off to a slow start byt has connected on home runs in each of the last two days going 6-9 adding five runs, a double, and three RBI. His average is up to .244 and he may be earning his way into more playing time in the Twins power-hungry lineup. His positional versatility is an added plus since in most leagues he’s eligible behind the plate, in the OF and at DH.
1B- Mitch Moreland-Texas Rangers: (6.9%) Moreland has homered in each of his last two games as well and has three long-balls in his last four games. Over his last 10 games, he has gone 15-35 bringing his average up to .287 on the season. He’s earned his way into more playing time with his production and is now an everyday part of a pretty potent lineup for the Rangers.
2B- Jedd Gyorko-San Diego Padres: (48.4%) As the Padres have surged they’ve done it on the bats of some of their young prospects including Gyorko’s. He’s picked it up in the last nine games going 11-32 with three home runs and six RBI. Gyorko is a decent option at a shallow position and has shown throughout the minors he can be a run producer. It looks like he’s starting to fill that role with the Big League club now as well.
3B- Mike Moustakas-Kansas City Royals: (37.4%) Moustakas is showing signs of breaking out of his season-long slump and at least has his batting average back over the Mendoza line now as he’s hit .316 in May and has two home runs which have both come in the last seven games he’s played. He still may be a drag on your average in the short-term but has the upside of a top-10 3B if he can shake off his early-season struggled and return to form.
SS- Dee Gordon-LA Dodgers: (29.4%) If you have a need for speed, Gordon is the pickup for you. He’s played five games this season and already has three stolen bases. He’s gone 6-19 with three RBI and three runs scored, but most fantasy owners count that as gravy. Gordon could play well enough to stay a part of the LA lineup which needs some spark like the speedy infielder has given them with his speed.
OF- Justin Ruggiano-Miami Marlins: (21.9%) Although it isn’t saying much, Ruggiano is one of the better bats left in the Marlins lineup. His average hasn’t been great this year and right now he’s hitting just .233. He is however contributing in home runs with six and stolen bases with five. If you can take the batting average hit, his power and speed will give you countables even in the Miami lineup.
OF- Jon Jay-St. Louis Cardinals: (19.3%) Jay has hit safely in all six of the games on the Cardinals current road trip. Over that span he’s gone 10-20 with a double, home run, and eight RBI. He’s raised his average to .257 with a nice OBP of .341. He should stay atop the Cards lineup with those numbers and continue to get chances to score runs and hit for average. If you can afford the non-elite HR or SB numbers, his average and other peripheral stats make him worth a look.
OF- Kelly Johnson-Tampa Bay Rays: (23.7%) Johnson is a notoriously streaky hitter and is on a tear right now. He has gone 15-34 in his last nine games raising his average from .193 to .283 and adding a pair of homers, a triple, and two doubles over that span. He’s also driven in 12 runs while scoring seven. Johnson is red-hot right now making him a good option if you need short-term fill-in in the outfield. When he slows down, he’ll probably find his way back to the Rays bench, but there’s no problem is plugging him in while he’s hot.