As the season rolls toward the quarter-pole, it’s time to make some roster decisions on your fantasy baseball team. If you’ve been carrying some dead weight and are in need of an upgrade, it may be time to make your move. If you’re looking for pitching help, check our daily pitching pickups. If your needs are more on the offensive side of your roster, we try to give a full lineup every week (archive). Here’s some options that are heating ups the calendar creeps towards summer.
Sleeper Starting Lineup
C- A.J. Ellis-LA Dodgers: (2.6%) Ellis is a solid offensive option behind the plate although his numbers don’t jump off the page in any one specific category. He’s more of an overall contributor with his .286 average, two home runs, and 10 RBI in 32 games played this year. He has heated up in May going 14-40 which is good for a .350 average. Ellis won’t hurt you in any categories and his average is a nice plus from your catching roster spot.
1B- Mitch Moreland-Texas Rangers: (49.7%) Moreland is an option we’ve discussed often before on FantasyCPR and he’s continuing to see playing time and find success. He’s just under our 50% threshold of no longer being considered a “sleeper,” so if you need a 1B you had better act quickly. Moreland was held hitless yesterday in Oakland snapping a seven-game hitting streak. His .290 batting average and 18 RBI are definitely worth considering, but his main contribution is power numbers. He has six home runs in his last 10 games and will play the summer in the sweltering Texas heat where home runs fly out of Arlington. Moreland is the everyday 1B for Texas now and is a great pickup if you can still add him.
2B- Neil Walker-Pittsburgh Pirates: (45.5%) Walker is back from the DL and looks ready to contribute right away. Most owners drafted him highly, but many parted ways when he was sidelined with a hand injury. He has been hitting well in his first three games back going 3-11 and making good contact numerous times. In all three games back Walker has hit fifth which should give him plenty of RBI opportunities in a productive Pittsburgh lineup.
3B- Trevor Plouffe-Minnesota Twins: (22.7%) 3B is a pretty shallow position right now in fantasy baseball meaning Plouffe has more value due to his position. He has had a nice May going 13-47 with a pair of home runs. He’s hitting .241 on the year with four homers and 15 RBI. There were rumors of him losing playing time but his recently hot hitting has secured his spot in the everyday lineup.
SS- Didi Gregorius-Arizona Diamondbacks: (33.4%) At the beginning of the season, I over and over again wrote about a young NL shortstop who was breaking out and becoming universally owned. Jean Segura of the Brewers has continued to hit well all year, and hopefully you were quick enough to make the pickup. If you missed at Segura, meet your second-chance. Gregorius has been great for the Snakes hitting .348 on the year with 10 of his 24 hits going for extra bases, three home runs, and 11 runs scored. Gregorius’s totals are a big low due to his time on the DL, but he’s firmly in the two-spot in the D-backs lineup and should keep scoring runs and making web gems for as long as he can stay healthy. He may not end up the same breakout as Segura, but he’s definitely worth owning in most formats.
OF- Jon Jay-St. Louis Cardinals: (34.0%) Jay runs hot-and-cold at times, but recently the hot has been on full blast. He’s had a great May going 18-45 (.400) with a pair of home runs, eight runs scored, and two of his four home runs. He lost his leadoff spot when he slumped earlier this season, but makes a nice pickup as he heats up and may be back atop the order soon.
OF- Chris Carter-Houston Astros: (23.6%) Carter is pretty one-dimensional in his fantasy contribution, but he’s good at what he brings-the long ball. He has nine home runs on the season and three in his last nine games. His RBI are decent-22, but his average can hurt if you’re not balanced at other positions. He’s hitting .217 after an 0-3 day yesterday. He did score a run giving him 22 runs scored to match his RBI total. He has a little positional flexibility with 1B and DH also available, and Carter is a fine add if you’re looking to power up one of your outfield positions.
OF- Dayan Viciedo-Chicago White Sox: (24.0%) Another option that brings power to the table is Dayan Viciedo. He’s homered in each of his last two games and is 8-18 since coming off the DL. Viciedo has four total home runs and is hitting .288. His homers and hits tend to come in clusters and it looks like he’s picking it up now in May which was his best statistical month last season as well.
OF- Corey Hart-Milwaukee Brewers: (27.9%) Hart is a strategic option at this point and expects to return at the end of the month. If you can afford the roster space, you can get four months of Hart’s power and steal production on the waiver wire. His ownership is crawling upwards already, though, so act fast if Hart’s available. You can slide him onto the bench or to an IR spot until he comes back ready to play everyday off the 60-day DL.