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The Wire Troll: Travis Jankowski Could Get More PT for Padres

August 4, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Travis Jankowski is going to play more for the San Diego Padres.
Travis Jankowski should benefit from Wil Myers’ injury. (The Mighty 1090)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy baseball. We’re now into August, leaving us just over eight weeks away for the end of the 2018 season. You need the wire more than ever now, especially in leagues in which the trade deadline has passed.

This week, the Rays’ move to bolster their offense backfired as Tommy Pham broke his foot and will miss a month; the Giants took an even bigger hit, losing Pablo Sandoval (torn hamstring) for the rest of the season; and Pittsburgh’s Jung Ho Kang will have season-ending surgery on his wrist, once again delaying his return to the bigs.

And now, let’s get to this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire recommendations…

Travis Jankowski, OF, San Diego Padres (ESPN: 3.2 per cent; CBS: 10 per cent): Wil Myers (foot) dodged a serious injury, but while he’s on the DL, expect Jankowski to see extra PT. Jankowski is quietly enjoying perhaps his best season, and is currently riding a three-game hit streak, with two multi-hit efforts as part of this mini run to jack his BA up 10 points. He was pretty awful last month, but after an injury-plagued 2017, he’s seeing far more action this year despite starting the season at Triple-A. Jankowski, a supplemental first round pick in 2012, remains a nice source of steals and has spent most of the season at the leadoff spot, particularly excelling there early on (see video below).

Tyler Glasnow, RP, Tampa Bay Rays (ESPN: 3.9 per cent; CBS: 17 per cent): Glasnow was packaged up from the Pirates to the Rays in the Chris Archer trade, and now that he’s landed in Tampa Bay, he’s getting a chance to start again. There were many that felt the Rays didn’t get a big enough return here, but we disagree, especially since Glasnow has a chance to be a very special arm (and Austin Meadows is no slouch, either). In Glasnow’s first start for the Rays, he fanned five in three innings, giving up just two hits, including a solo homer. He had pitched exclusively out of the pen in Pittsburgh this year, doing a better job of keeping the ball in the yard, but now that he’s starting again, his value rises significantly.

Austin Gomber, RP, St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN: 1.7 per cent; CBS: 7 per cent): Another reliever that’s getting a chance to start is Gomber, who looked very sharp in a spot start against the Reds a couple of weeks ago. He’ll take the bump again on Saturday in Pittsburgh, and we think he might make for a sneaky DFS value play. The rookie, taken in the fourth round in 2014, has enjoyed superb hit rates with a solid ERA while going undefeated to date. Gomber has a great pitcher’s build (6′5″, 205), which (other than a minor woe last year) has allowed him to stay durable so far in his pro career.

Steve Pearce, OF, Boston Red Sox (ESPN: 5.4 per cent; CBS: 8 per cent): Acquired from the Blue Jays at the end of June, Pearce has seen a lot more action with Boston and has really responded — especially recently. In the last two games alone, he’s pounded four home runs, driven in eight and drawn two walks. Strange but true, Pearce has now played for every single AL East team, so he certainly knows his way around this division. His ability to play both first base and either corner outfield spot makes him a valuable piece for the BoSox. And while Pearce is red hot, he’s a great asset for your AL-only league team.

Tyler O’Neill, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN: 9.1 per cent; CBS: 29 per cent): Seattle’s third round pick in 2013, O’Neill was traded to the Cards for Marco Gonzales in July last year. O’Neill hit better at Triple-A after switching organizations, and has been dominating there this season, earning his first look in the big. So far, it’s gone extremely well, as he’s hit safely in four straight, going 7-for-11 to jack his BA over 80 points up to .309. O’Neill is starting to contribute in the counting cats, and looks like a very nice asset down the stretch now that Pham has been moved.

Quick Hits

  • Few prospects have improved their stock more this year than Jo Adell, who — as we predicted — has made a major move on prospect lists, possibly forcing his way into the top 10 by season’s end.
  • Charlie Morton has a sparking record this year (12-2), but get this — his 2.90 ERA is higher than Jacob DeGrom’s mark (2.88) just in losses.
  • Salvador Perez’s slash line numbers are down this year, but after smoking his 19th homer Friday, he’s on pace for a career best in that regard. Where would KC’s pop gun attack be without him?
  • Angels’ 2B prospect Jahmai Jones had a real rough start at Double-A after being promoted three weeks and change ago. He sure has turned things around, going 2-for-5 Friday for his third straight multi-hit effort. Jones is now batting .390 with 10 runs, six walks and two steals over the last 10 games. It’s high time he started getting some Fantasy love.
  • Not surprisingly, Ozzie Albies has slowed down after his ridiculous start. But after middling showings in May and June, he started to heat up again last month and looks poised to get red hot in August. He’s hit safely in three straight (two multi-hit efforts), has driven in runs in all three and flashed extra-base pop with doubles in back-to-back games. Albies is clearly over that hamstring woe he had last week and is ready to finish strong.

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Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy baseball waiver wire pick of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: Jose Bautista Finds New Life in Big Apple

July 7, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
Anderson has put together back-to-back outings of eight shutout innings, winning both and lowering his ERA almost three-quarters of a run in the process. His run is supported by stellar command (17 Ks, three walks) and unhittable stuff (just six hits against in the two starts combined). Anderson is doing a better job of limiting long balls this season and that’s helped him rebound after suffering a sophomore slump last year. Colorado’s 2011 first rounder has arrived as a Fantasy factor.
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The Wire Troll: Frankie Montas is Nearly Ready

May 19, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
His Thursday start got pushed back to Saturday, and now he’s been scratched from that as well. Hamels apparently won’t go on the DL, so may take the bump on Sunday. With Texas doing awful this season, he may very well be on the trading block, and given his 2.54 ERA on the road, his value could soar with a trade. Once we’ve established his prognosis, consider making an offer for Hamels.
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2018 RotoRob Top 85 Fantasy Baseball Prospects

May 18, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
It’s time, once again, for our annual Top Fantasy Baseball Prospects list. In this, our 14th annual list, we’ve again beefed things up things — going 85 deep for the first time. Note that these rankings represent our take on the top prospects prior to Opening Day.
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The Wire Troll: Neil Walker Morphing into Utility Role

May 12, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Jimenez may be the next top prospect to get recalled. After missing some time at the start of the season with a pectoral injury, he’s gone 30-for-90 so far at Double-A, but is really heating up lately. He had a streak of nine straight multi-hit games, and had gone 19-for-43 over the last 10 games, with 10 RBI before Saturday (when he was 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI). Jimenez’s walk rate is down, but he’s offset that by making better contact. It’s clear he’s ready for the next step, so jump on him now while his ownership is fairly low.
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