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Written by: Sam Gubner
Many players such as Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, Matt Carpenter, and Jose Bautista are getting injured coming into the All-Star break, and it seams that whoever you pick up could make or break your season. So below are some players who I think will pay major dividends if you pick them up.
DH – Kennys Vargas – Minnesota Twins (2.2%)
Vargas has been in the Twins organization for a while now and is finally showing some promise. Vargas was third most fantasy points among all hitters last week, and has either got a multiple hits or home run in every game since July 4. The only knock on Vargas in my opinion is that he is a DH, so he can only be a utility in fantasy baseball and won’t play every game. Still, I think Vargas is a must-add in fantasy baseball leagues and should be owned in more than 2.2% of leagues.
1B, 2B, 3B – Yangervis Solarte – San Diego Padres (36%)
The only non-owned player in fantasy who was as hot as Kennys Vargas last week was Yangervis Solarte. Solarte was fifth among hitters last week and has had 12 RBIs in his last 8 games. Yangervis has produced before hitting .270 last season, but this power surge we’ve been seeing as of late is very intriguing. And unlike Kennys Vargas, he last lots of versatility; playing first, second, and third base. Solarte is at the very least a great bench player in fantasy baseball.
SS – Jose Reyes – New York Mets (27.1%)
Jose Reyes has had a stressful year after he committed domestic assault against his partner in Hawaii, got suspended by Major League Baseball, and then he got released by the Rockies. The New York Mets ended up signing him and after he played a couple weeks in the minors, Reyes was back on his old team. And ever since his return he has been a top 10 shortstop, already hitting 3 home runs and scoring 5 runs. Look for a bounce back year from Reyes behind his supportive Mets fanbase.
SP – James Shields – Chicago White Sox (36%)
James Shields was by far the worst pitcher in baseball, but has now pitched three consecutive quality starts. Shields has had a history of dominance and is starting to regain that form. He is also slotted on a White Sox team that features sluggers Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier, and Melky Cabrera. Shields has too much talent to be on the waiver wire right now, so at the bare minimum put Shields on your bench.
SP – Zach Davies – Milwaukee Brewers (29.8%)
Since May 21, Davis is by far one of the most consistent starting pitchers in the league only having one 6 run lapse against the hard-hitting Los Angeles Dodgers. But other than that Davies has been on fire owning a 2.96 ERA in this dominant stretch. The Brewers lineup isn’t filled with slouches either, with Jonathan Villar, Jonathan Lucroy, and Ryan Braun giving him plenty of run support. Davies is on another level right now and is not showing any signs of coming back down to earth.