By Des Boodam
We are in the stretch run, and there are championships to be won. For some of you there are steep penalties for finishing near or at the bottom of your league as well. In my league, the last place guy either has to pay $200 into the pot, or take the SAT exam while providing proof by posting his score… I wouldn’t know, but it’s a penalty no one wants any part of and teams will fight not to finish last… it’s helps sustain the competitive edge in the league and keeps more teams involved through to the bitter end. Which brings me to the final two months of the season, and here’s to hoping your end is not a bitter one. Let’s look at some offensive pick ups you should gobble up if possible. Ownership numbers will be a bit higher on the offensive side of the ball.
Rougned Odor – Texas Rangers 78% owned
In the last 30 days, Odor has been the #3 player in all the land of fantasy baseball. That’s not a typo. His combination of speed and power has made him a major asset and force to be reckoned with. His 23/9/18 line with 4 steals and a .441 OBP is quite useful, and his 2B eligibility is what championships are made of. He has focused on getting on base more which has clipped his power potential a bit, but helped with OBP, and steals. This week he had a game with 5 walks and a home run, and fantasy owners went bananas. If you are in one of the few leagues where he is available – make it happen… he’s been great in the Daily game as well.
Kole Calhoun – Los Angeles Angels 56%
With a 19/9/22 line and a .375 OBP Calhoun has benefitted greatly from additional playing time. He had a monster July and August has gone well also. Mike Trout has missed four straight games and Calhoun keeps chugging along. The problem is the Angels are terrible and no one can get on base for Calhoun to drive in… and Calhoun doesn’t run. Other than that – everything else checks out. If Calhoun plays, and Trout is somewhere close, than Calhoun is worth rostering down the stretch. Make it happen.
Max Kepler – Minnesota Twins 24%
Another player performing well on a bad team, Mad Max Kepler has piled on the counting stats while adding some decent power and a .416 OBP. This makes Kepler a top 20 offensive player, as well as a top 15 outfielder in the last month ahead of the likes of All Stars Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor and Whit Merrifield. If you need outfield help – what are your waiting for?
Nick Ahmed – Arizona Diamondbacks 23% owned
Ahmed makes the list, because he piles on the RBIs and qualifies at the SS position. If your team is struggling for RBIs only Javier Baez has more at the SS position than Ahmed in the last month. The Diamondbacks lineup is aggressive so chances should abound for Ahmed.