Today, we look at the best available options in fantasy baseball in regards to batters to pick up for the long term or to stream. These are the hottest and more likely to be available in leagues with the potential to continue their success.
Christopher Morel (2B, 3B, OF) – Chicago Cubs
This week, we have the number one ranked player in Yahoo fantasy once again who should be available in a good amount of leagues. Christopher Morel is rostered in 64 percent of leagues but isn’t a regular on many fantasy owners’ teams. He has the ability to play two of the four infield positions and can also play the outfield, so he is versatile and can be used around your lineup for maximum efficiency.
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This past week didn’t see a crazy amount of home runs by anyone, but Morel popped off in a few games in a row and recorded at least one hit in five of the six games. He hit home runs in three consecutive games and in the middle of that had a game in which he went 5-for-5 with three runs, one home run, and two RBIs (runs batted in). He was sitting there in my fantasy league and I jumped all over that. I suggest you do the same if you’re looking for a hot bat despite being on the Chicago Cubs.
Harold Ramirez (1B, OF) – Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays aren’t known for their strong batting, but they won the final three games of the five-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays scoring 24 runs in those final three games. Harold Ramirez was a big part of that as he went 9-for-18 in the final four games of the series with six runs, one home run, and four RBIs.
Ramirez is a dual position threat who can play first base and the outfield as he had one of the best batting averages of the week at .414. He went 3-for-8 earlier in the week against the Milwaukee Brewers where he had a stolen base and more. He is batting .323 on the season and as he continues to play well and earn more playing time, he will be able to provide stolen bases as he’s on base a ton. Consider him in your league as he is likely available at 10 percent rostered.
Luis Urias (2B, 3B, SS) – Milwaukee Brewers
To cover the final position, shortstop Luis Urias can play both middle infield positions as well as third base. He is ranked 10th in fantasy over the past week recording five runs, three home runs, and eight RBIs while batting .320. The Brewers face the Cubs for three games and then the Pittsburgh Pirates again to finish off the week so it is a very favourable upcoming schedule.
Urias just went 5-for-17 against the Pirates with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs, but the Pirates are 26th in the MLB in runs allowed per game, while the Cubs are the exact same. Neither have the best pitching and can allow Urias to continue to hit the ball well. He is rostered at just less than 50 percent (44%), so he should be on the waiver wire. Consider adding him for at least this week with his opponents.
Roster percentages courtesy of Yahoo.
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